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North Sterling State Park

North-Sterling-State-ParkThis large, spacious reservoir on the high plains draws locals and tourists alike from May through September and waterfowl hunters during the hunting season. North Sterling State Park is a gateway to fun and relaxation. Elks Campground is open year-round.

A boater’s paradise, this large irrigation reservoir offers great coves and fingers to explore during the spring and summer months. Anglers, boaters and water skiers enjoy the water all day, while land lovers hike, bike, or picnic.

Although most visitors come to North Sterling for the fishing and boating prospects, there are many overlooked and hidden opportunities for adults and children of all ages to learn about and enjoy the unique prairie environment of the park.

The wide open plains can first appear flat, barren, and monotonous to visitors accustomed to grand mountains and lush forest scenery. But take a closer look at the land where the deer and the antelope play, and you’ll find a special combination of plants, animals, and birds that have learned to thrive in this vast, sun-drenched environment. Take in scenic views of distant wind-carved canyons, exciting new clean-energy projects, and expansive ranches and farmlands full of the cattle, wheat, and corn that eventually make their way into your grocery stores.
Broad, golden grasslands stretch out in all directions from North Sterling Reservoir, bordered by majestic bluffs to the north, farm and ranchlands to the east, and clear blue skies above.

Come sit by a warm campfire, gazing at the bright stars above, while the coyotes sing their nightly song in the distance!

If You Go

North Sterling State Park
24005 CR 330
Sterling, CO 80751

Travel To Jambalayas & Tantalize Your Taste Buds!

Tantalize your taste buds with savory Cajun prime rib, chicken wings, homemade soups, and tempting desserts at this Cajun steak house in Merino, Colorado. In business for more than 2 years but with 8 years of industry experience, Jambalayas, LLC, offers you delicious Southern home-cooked menu items with a Cajun twist. The steak house is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and features an outdoor patio and full-service pub for those of drinking age. Visit today to enjoy the Cajun food, cozy atmosphere, and friendly professionals that have made Jambalayas Merino’s favorite steak house.

Notable Menu Items:

  • Bourbon Sirloin
  • Cajun Prime Rib
  • Southern Home Fried Chicken
  • Homemade Jambalaya
  • Gumbo
  • Cajun Chicken Wings
  • Blackened Ribeye
  • Mississippi Mud Cake

If You Go

109 Colorado Avenue
Merino, CO 80741
(970) 522-1117

Hours of Operation:
Sun –Thurs: 10:00am – 12:00am
Fri-Sat: 10:00am – 2:00am

Montrose: The Hidden Gem In The Mountains

The best way to appreciate this unique town is to first understand the natural wonder that neighbors it.

Majestic, complex, filled with promises at every turn – the Black Canyon National Park is a reservoir of hidden delights, reveals itself only to those who take the time to appreciate it.  With its vast shadows, sheer walls and somber gorges, this is no five minute stop.  This is an encounter that, properly experienced, will stir your soul at a level far deeper than you could ever imagine.

Located on the canyon’s door step, Montrose is no less intriguing. From its thriving art, rich culture and charming downtown to a deep history that still infuses the air with Old west flavor, this multifaceted town serves up layer upon layer of discoveries, each more unique than the last. Whether you’re looking to come face to face with with the humbling power of nature or simply want to get away for a relaxing weekend, take a  deeper look at Montrose.

In this community surrounded by nature’s majesty and built on neighborly values, those who take the time to unlock Montrose’s secrets are rewarded with the sights to stir your senses and soothe the soul; shopping to inspire all interests and restaurants ready to impress. Historic Downtown Montrose is filled with electric shops, restaurants, galleries and more. The downtown is the perfect blend of old and new. Montrose is truely one of the best mountain towns in Colorado.

As if there weren’t enough to do in Montrose already, Montrose hosts an array of events throughout the year. You can find just about anything you’re looking for from a Farmer’s Market to the County Fair & Rodeo or a variety of athletic events to our award winning summer series, Main in Motion.

Located just 65 miles south of I-70, Montrose is in the heat of southwest Colorado and serves as a base camp for all kinds of exploration and adventure this corner of Colorado serves up. Also in Montrose is the area’s largest regional airport. With daily flights to Denver and direct flights to Atlanta. Los Angeles, Newark, Chicago, Dallas and Houston (offered seasonally) access to Montrose is made easy.

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3 Great Places To Drink Beer

Back in 2002, Gordon, began homebrewing beer. His first beer, called Saison, won gold medal in 2007 in the National Homebrew Competition. Located in the Fort Collins, the “Brew Capital” of the United States, Funkwerks is brewing some pretty tasty Belgium beer. With a variety of beers, Funkwerks is making their way in the growing craft beer business. To see a list of beer or get more information visit:

Currently used at the Student Union for Metro State the Tivoli used to have a much different purpose. It used to be the former home of the Tivoli Brewing Company, which took its name from the world-famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The building was erected in 1866, housed the brewery until 1994 when it was remodeled into the student union. The brewery was kept open by William Burghardt and John Good, even during prohibition by brewing cereal beer! To visit the Tivoli or learn more about its long history visit:

Going into the booming Colorado beer industry in 1996, Steamworks Brewing Co. is a favorite watering hole for locals and visitors. They offer much more than just award winning beer as well. Their “gastropub” offers regional meats and sustainable seafood right in the heart of downtown Durango. Even though it’s a pub, your kids can still be entertained for hours with the bucket of chalk that lets them draw on the floor! Many people say, Steamworks Brewing and Gastropub offer the best burger they have ever eaten! To see a menu and get directions visit:

Two Must Try Places When Traveling Through Colorado

Two Must Try Places When Traveling Through Colorado

The Route Steakhouse

Looking for a great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a good steak? Route Steak House is the place to go.Route Steak House is a full service restaurant serving Burlington and the surrounding areas featuring down home cooking that is sure to satisfy anyone’s hungry stomach! Conveniently located off of interstate 70,  Route Steakhouse features great service, delicious food, and a pleasant atmosphere.

Craig Ranch B&B

A world away from hotel lodging – this 15,000-acre cattle ranch, just 3 miles, 10 minutes, from the hustle and bustle of Interstate 70 near Limon, Colorado, provides a peaceful retreat and country pleasures. Play tetherball, explore the extensive garden, laze in the hammock and enjoy the wide- open prairie. Take a hike in the 5-mile stretch of Big Sandy Creek river bottom and enjoy the abundant wildlife.

Sample Colorado ranch life with special vacation packages – Chuck Wagon, Cowboy, Prairie Prayer, Bed and Barn, and Eastern Colorado Big Game Hunting for Mule Deer, Whitetail, and Antelope. Bring your horse, stable it overnight at their horse motel, and ride the range or just use us as your layover when heading to the mountains to ride.

From antique beds to delicious country food, Craig Ranch Bed and Breakfast & Horse Motel provides comfortable accommodations and the simplicity of country ranch life at reasonable rates. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for city dwellers, a peaceful alternative for travelers, and a great option for folks traveling with horses – horse layover boarding and RV parking.

Their passive solar home incorporates many windows, providing glorious, expansive views of the surrounding prairie. And with the 350+ days of Colorado sunshine, the solar design keeps the home cozy in the winter yet still allows terrific prairie viewing.

Add authentic Colorado ranch flavor to your travels with a stay at this Colorado Bed and Breakfast Inn!