Page 18 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019 Conejos County 37 PIKE’S STOCKADE — Lieutenant Zebulon Pike built a small stockade during the winter of 1807 near warm springs on the Conejos River near Sanford. The replica has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Please note that Pike’s Stockade will be closed for the 2019 season. Spring winds blew down trees at the site and one of them hit the stockade causing much damage. Repairs to the stockade, clean up and an assessment of trees that remain standing will all need to be made before it can reopen to the public. For more information please call Fort Garland Museum at 719-379-3512.
Summer in the San Luis Valley Page 19 Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 38 CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD — America’s longest and highest narrow-gauge steam railroad built in 1880 offers great family fun and adventure on a 64- mile trek from Antonito to Chama, New Mexico. Highlights include the San Juan Mountains, Toltec Gorge, Phantom Curve, and breathtaking views from trestles and bridges. For information on tickets and times, visit www.cumbrestoltec. com or call 1-888-286-2737. 39 MANASSA PIONEER DAYS — Thousands of people of all ages will be heading to Manassa for the 140th Annual Pioneer Days celebration. This year’s event is set for July 19-20, featuring carnival, dinner and the crowning of Miss Pioneer. On Friday and Saturday there will be a parade at 10 a.m., as well as hamburger stand and rodeo both days. Saturday night’s events include demolition derby and fireworks. Also, there will be a barbecue on Friday at the Opera House. Call the Manassa town hall at 719-843-5207 or see Manassa Pioneer Days on Facebook. Sanford’s celebration is held the same week, on July 19. 40 JACK DEMPSEY MUSEUM — Commemorate great heavyweight champion of the world Jack Dempsey, “The Manassa Mauler,” in Manassa where Dempsey grew up. A full-size bronze statue of Dempsey sits in Jack Dempsey Park next to the log cabin in which Dempsey grew up, now the Jack Dempsey Museum. The Jack Dempsey Museum is open File photo 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday in May, June and August, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday in July. 41 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CHURCH — Colorado’s oldest parish, this beautiful church is located in the small town of Conejos. The first church was dedicated in 1863 but was destroyed by fire in 1926. The new church was dedicated in 1927. 42 PLATORO RESERVOIR & RESORT —Located in a high mountain valley on the Conejos River about a mile from the town of Platoro, the lake has great fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and boating. An old mining town, Platoro offers amenities such as lodging, groceries, and restaurants, and is good base for exploring the nearby South San Juan Wilderness Area. 43 HIKING — The South San Juan Wilderness Area offers some of the best wild area backpacking in the state. The Continental Divide runs the heart of the wilderness area for 42 miles. Also, take the short hike to Rough Creek Falls in the Conejos Canon. The falls are the perfect stop for an afternoon picnic. For the more adventurous, the trail continues to the top of Conejos Canyon. 44 LA JARA GLORY DAYS — La Jara Glory Days will be held Saturday, June 15, in La Jara Town Park,