Great Places to Visit

Great Places to Visit in the Southern Plains *

Here’s our shortlist:

  • Cimarron National Grasslands – in southwestern Kansas. Walk along the river with its beautiful cottonwood gallery; view lesser prairie-chicken dancing through a blind.
  • Comanche National Grasslands – in southeastern Colorado. Hike to the fantastic dinosaur tracks along the Purgatoire River in Picketwire Canyon; walk Picture Canyon and observe ancient rock art; go for a swim at Carrizo Creek campgrounds.
  • Kiowa National Grasslands – in northeastern New Mexico. Enjoy this beautiful, rugged canyon, with Mills Creek flowing at the bottom.
  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site – just east of La Junta, CO. This is a must-see for western history enthusiasts. The grounds also but up against a lovely stretch of the Arkansas River.
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site – east of Eads, in Kiowa County, CO. While the site’s significance came from tragedy, this is vital history to know.

If you know of other great places to visit in our region, or are interested in beginning one, please contact SPLT. Email us at or 720-841-1757.