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Drive 140.5 miles • 2 hours, 35 minutes

Eastern Colorado, where the mountains meet the plains, reveals a spectacular but unheralded side of the Centennial State. Start in Colorado Springs, where you’ll find two unique campuses to tour, one for athletes and one for cadets. Continue your journey with stops in Pueblo and Fort Garland, towns steeped in Old West and Civil War history.




1. Colorado Springs

Starting Point • History, Nature, Sports

Located at the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs offers visitors majestic views and unique educational experiences. Visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center to see what it takes to compete for the gold. Stop at the U.S. Air Force Academy to marvel at the Cadet Chapel, with searing spires resembling the nose of a fighter jet. With its surreal boulders, the Garden of the Gods Park should be on every visitor’s list.


2. Pueblo

43.1 miles, 47 minutes • Food, History, Outdoor Recreation

Where a trading post once stood near the Arkansas River, today stands a thriving cultural center. To experience the town’s past, stop by the Rosemount Museum—a 37-room mansion— and the Steelworks Museum of Industry & Culture. Then, stroll along the Riverwalk or ride a gondola boat to experience the revitalized arts and entertainment district. After a long day of touring, treat yourself to a meal at one of the town’s renowned Mexican restaurants.


3. Walsenburg

49.8 miles, 52 minutes • Nature, Outdoor Recreation

With mountain views in the distance and small town charm galore, Walsenburg entices travelers to relax and unwind. West of town, you’ll find Lathrop State Park, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Race across Martin Lake on water skis, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters. Paddle along Horseshoe Lake and toss a line in the water. The park’s many trails offer visitors the chance to explore by foot, on wheels or on horseback.



4. Fort Garland

47.5 miles, 56 minutes • History, Nature, Quirky

History and recreation mingle in Fort Garland. This area played a role in the Civil War and the Plains Indians War. Visitors to the Fort Garland Museum can tour original adobe structures from 1858 and learn about the fort’s history. If you’re ready for a unique adventure, a short drive north of town takes you to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Sled down the tallest dunes in North America before taking a splash in Medano Creek.