Several of the big cities in Colorado offer sight-seeing, skiing, and many other outdoor adventures. With so many people traveling during peak times of the year, the popular attractions can get very crowded. If you’re thinking about going off the beaten path and want to check out some small town museums, here is a list of local places to put on your list.
Old Town Museum, Burlington — Learn about pioneer life on the Colorado prairie at the Old Town Museum in Burlington. The 6 1/2-acre historic site includes authentic artifacts and fully restored buildings from the turn of the century. Interactive exhibits offer children a unique opportunity to learn about the agriculture, history, and heritage of the pioneers. Visitors can watch the can-can dancers in the saloon, have an old-fashioned soda in the Emporium, and shop in the Old Town General Store. Old Town Museum is also the perfect setting for special events like weddings, business meetings, and reunions.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, Vail — If you’re a fan of winter sports, you will enjoy this unique experience of ski history and heritage. With six themed galleries displaying artifacts, narratives, and film documentaries, visitors of all ages will be entertained. Some of the exciting topics featured in the museum include Spirit of Americans in the Winter Olympics, Vail’s First 50 Years, and the Hall of Fame.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs — An educational and entertainment museum designed to preserve the history of cowboy contests, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame is a fun stop for rodeo enthusiasts. The rotating exhibits display Western art collections and other items that pertain to the sport of rodeo. Don’t miss the Outdoor Exhibit, where team roping events, convention rodeos, and wild west shows take place from May to October.
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site — Take a guided tour of this reconstructed 1840’s adobe fur trading post and see where the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes traded peacefully. Special events throughout the year such as Frontier Skills Day, The Living History Encampment and Old Fashioned Fourth of July, provide opportunities for an exciting trip. Visitors can also hike on Bent’s Old Fort Hiking Trail along the Arkansas River.
National Mining Museum, Leadville — Known as the premier showcase of American Mining, the Hall of Fame and Museum are a tribute to the men and women who pioneered the discovery of our nation’s natural resources. The museum houses 25,000 square feet of interactive and informative exhibits, while the Hall of Fame serves as a memorial to those who achieved greatness in the mining and natural resource environment. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the Matchless Mine, a tragic story of the American West.
Museum of the West, Grand Junction — Experience a thousand years of history at the Museum of the West. Fun and interactive exhibits will educate and entertain visitors of all ages. Feel what it was like to ride in a stagecoach or fly a 1958 Cessna. Learn about the weapons that tamed the west, admire the Anasazi pottery, or sit in a one-room schoolhouse to experience Western Americana at its best. Guided tours are available upon request.
When planning your road trip around Colorado, consider stopping at one of these unique museums for a little history of the West.
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