Roadside Attractions - Colorado
Here are links to some notable roadside attractions (past and present) found along Route 40.
|Madonna of the Trail - Colorado (Lamar, CO)|
"The monument is located at South Main Street (Lamar Highway) and Beech Streets, Lamar, Colorado.
This monument was dedicated on September 24, 1928. T......"
|Kit Carson Museum (Kit Carson, CO)|
"This is a great little museum focusing on local history and life on the high plains. This is a worthy diversion!......"
|Railroad Station (Hugo, CO)|
"This old depot has been moved to this location. Now part of a town park......."
|Wonder Tower (Genoa, CO)|
"The billboards used to declare, "SEE SIX STATES!"
My parents never took me here, despite my most irritating pleas. They knew a tourist trap from 100 ......"
|Deer Trail Rodeo (Deer Trail, CO)|
"The world's first rodeo was held here on July 4, 1869......."
|Cheyenne Lodge (ruins) (Colorado Springs, CO)|
"Located at the summit of Cheyenne Mountain, the ruins of this old lodge are only accessible by hiking the route of the old summit road. Far below, ins......"
|Lowry Air Force Base (Denver, CO)|
"Opened in 1938. Former Air Force base and the original home of the Air Force Academy. Closed in 1994. The site is now a college, park land and prof......"
|Miracle House and Pixieland Golf (closed) (East Manitou Springs, CO)|
"Another one of those houses with built-in optical illusions. I'm not completely sure how they expected anyone to play a decent round of miniature golf......"
|Buffalo Bill Wax Museum (Manitou Springs, CO)|
"Once located at the historic Briarhurst Manor, the museum features wax representations of all the big names in American western history, mostly outlaw......"
|Colorado Women's College (Denver, CO)|
"This former college was acquired by the University of Denver. The campus is now home to Johnson and Wales University......."
|Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs, CO)|
"Probably the most well known of the roadside attractions in the Centennial State. The Cave offers a general tour, a discover tour and even a full-day ......"
|City Park (Denver, CO)|
"At 330 acres, this is the largest park in Denver. Home of the City Municipal Golf Course, Denver Zoo and Museum of Nature and Science......."
|Cheesman Park and Memorial (Denver, CO)|
"Built on the site of the former Prospect Hill Cemetery. Named after Walter Cheesman......."
|Forney Transportation Museum (Denver, CO)|
"Over 500 exhibits. If it rolls, it's probably in the museum somewhere.
Chevron gasoline truck by roy.luck, on Flickr......."
|Sonny Lawson Baseball Field (Denver, CO)|
"Beat writer Neal Cassady walked through this baseball field every day as a child. In 1949, Jack Kerouac watched a baseball game here and wrote about ......"
|Denver Mint (Denver, CO)|
"Built in 1897. It is the largest producer of coins in the world......."
|Giant Chair and Horse (Denver, CO)|
"Just a stone's throw from Route 40 (Colfax Avenue) is the Denver Public Library. Outside of the library is a giant 25-foot tall chair. While the place......"
|Colorado State Capitol (Denver, CO)|
"Opened in 1894. It's dome is made of real gold plate. The 13th step on the west side of the building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (the elev......"
|Daniels and Fisher Tower (Denver, CO)|
"Built in 1910, it was part of the Daniels and Fisher department store. When it was built it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. ......"
|Denver Arena (site) (Municipal Auditorium) (Denver, CO)|
"Constructed in 1908 and was site of the 1908 Democratic National Convention. Led Zepplin played their first U.S. concert here on December 26, 1968. ......"
|Buckhorn Exchange (Denver, CO)|
"The Buckhorn is one of Denver's oldest bars and restaurants and is a carnivore and hunter's delight. (Vegetarians and PETA folk should bypass this pla......"
|Alfred (Alferd) Packer's Grave (Littleton, CO)|
"Colorado's famous cannibal Afred Packer (aka Alferd Packer) is buried in Littleton Cemetery. He was convicted of murdering his five colleagues, but wa......"
|Casa Bonita Restaurant (Lakewood, CO)|
"Definitely not a roadside attraction, but worth mentioning. Casa Bonita is more of a roadside diversion, and should even be listed with restaurants. H......"
|Prostitution Museum (Cripple Creek, CO)|
"Advertised as an 1890's brothel, kids 10-13 are half price and under 10 are free. I love it! I can just hear the curious tikes asking, Daddy, what's a......"
|Red Rocks Park (Morrison, CO)|
"Home of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre......."
|Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, CO)|
"Part of Red Rocks Park. Concerts have been held at the site since 1906, however, the present amphitheatre wasn't constructed until 1941......."
|Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum (Golden, CO)|
"Just off Route 40 is Buffalo Bill's grave. Many people are surprised to find William F. Cody buried here in Colorado since he is so closely identified......"
|Steve Canyon Statue (Idaho Springs, CO)|
"In 1947, Squirrel Gulch was renamed Steve Canyon after the comic strip hero. Three years later, a giant statue of Steve Canyon was erected. Amazingly,......"
|Central City (Central City, CO)|
"This former mining town is a pleasant diversion from Route 40. The gold discoveries here gave the city the nickname 'The Richest Square Mile on Earth......"
|Bridal Veil Falls and Waterwheel (Idaho Springs, CO)|
"Built by miner Charlie Tayler in 1891. Tayler lived a long live life because he never bathed nor kissed women. I think there's a causal relationship......"
|Muffler Man (Idaho Springs, CO)|
"I have been told that there is a Muffler Man in Idaho Springs. I have yet to find it. If you know of its existence, please contact me......."
|Echo Lake Park (Idaho Springs, CO)|
"On the Mount Evans Scenic Byway......."
|40th Parallel (Granby, CO)|
"Some people believe that U.S. Route 40 obtained its numerical designation because it approximated the 40th parallel lattitude line. This is incorrect......."
|Mount Elbert (Nathrop, CO)|
"Elevation 14,443 feet. This highest point in Colorado as well as the Rocky Mountains in North America......."
|Glenwood Caverns (Glenwood Springs, CO)|
"Glenwood Caves was first opened over a hundred years ago. For a number of reasons (including WWI), the caves remained closed for more than 80 years. T......"
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Last updated: 2009-09-08 04:28:09