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The Great High Prairie: An ideal place to be safe and enjoy big wide open in Colorado

Christian Fernsby |
In eastern Colorado grasslands shimmer, canyons beckon to be explored, and history runs deep within the soil, the great wide open is open for you to enjoy.

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With restaurants and lodging open with COVID-19 protocols, here are just two sites among many waiting for you to discover them.

After a restoration effort in the 1990s, Boggsville Historic Site operates as an interpretive museum and has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Boggsville played an important, and brief, role in the development of Southeast Colorado. Boggsville was established in 1866, but the history of its location has been written about numerous times prior to Thomas Boggs settling here. Now you may visit the mid-19th century establishment to see and feel how the life was back in the glorious days.

If you like nature, John Martin Reservoir State Park is for you. The largest body of water in southeastern Colorado, is a birdwatcher's paradise and provides uncrowded boating, waterskiing, and spectacular conditions for a wide variety of wind water sports.

Visitors enjoy hiking the Red Shin Trail to view Indian carvings, touring the historic canals, and visiting Prowers-Hudnell Ranch, which ends at the Santa Fe Trail marker on the north shore of the park.

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