National Historic Sites & Santa Fe Trail Byway Developments

National Parks & Historic Sites

Sand Creek Massacre Site was dedicated as a National Park on April 28, 2007. The park closed on Dec. 2007 and will reopen in April 2008 from 9am– 5pm daily.
Amache Japanese Internment Camp– The National Historic Site is planning the reconstruction of the Watch Tower, one of the Barracks, Canteen, and other buildings which were used during camp operations. NPS and stakeholders are adding a trail and kiosk. The Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway is requesting funding for interpretive signs for the trail.
Comanche National Grassland– Archaeological digs and guided four wheel drive tours of the dinosaur tracksite operate in May June, Sept. and Oct. Call the USFS Office in La Junta for reservations @ 719-384-2181.

Other New Byway Developments

Lamar is planning a new museum next to Big Timbers museum which will house their antique buggy collection.
John Martin Reservoir– Recently added an interpretive exhibit to their visitor center which interprets the newly discovered dinosaur tracks which were revealed when the water levels receded.
El Corazon de Trinidad- Trinidad River Walk Park was completed with a water feature to help cool off visitors during the hot Santa Fe Trail Summers. Camino park offers a play structure, interpreted walking trail and a boche ball court.
US 50 Corridor East Project– CDOT Planners for the new highway considered the historic resources along the route.