Need a break? Check out Craig
If hunters have a day on their trip when they can’t hunt or if they simply want to take a break from tracking trophy animals, there is plenty to do in Craig to pass the time.
The following is a list of can’t-miss opportunities while visiting Craig and Moffat County:
Tired of the impersonal service and mass-produced products of big-box department stores? Craig’s historic downtown offers a variety of shops with wares you don’t see anywhere else. Find that old antique or a great piece to add to your living room. Every store is within walking distance.
Homesteaders beat the railroad to the West, but the railroad made it a place they could stay.
Visitors can see and touch a part of the thing that was one of the single biggest economic influences in Western culture. And they can see it in Craig.
The Marcia Car was the personal railroad car of David H. Moffat, the financier who inspired the building of the Moffat Line.
The car is on display across the street from the Craig Chamber of Commerce on Victory Way. Tours are available by calling the Chamber at 824-5689.
On May 13, 1953, the Pullman car was given to the Craig Chamber by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. It has been covered to ward off further weathering.
The car, constructed in 1906, has the original gas fixtures and wainscoting of African mahogany inlaid with oak. It cost $24,568 to build and was named for Moffat’s only child, Marcia Moffat McClurg. Moffat used the car for inspection tours of the construction of the line to Northwest Colorado.
It is 68 feet long with an observation platform of 8.5 by 20 feet and has a galley and sleeping accommodations for 12.
The Moffat Line finally made it to Craig in 1913, after Moffat’s death. The car reflects the growth of Northwest Colorado as mining interests drew investors and settlers to the area.
For Moffat County visitors who want to get a little background about the region’s history before they visit the sites, the Museum of Northwest Colorado is a good place to start.
The museum, at 590 Yampa Ave. in downtown Craig, is the home of an extensive collection of relics, including political memorabilia, old mining equipment and artifacts from the region’s early settlers. If visitors have questions about the area, museum Director Dan Davidson can usually point them in the right direction. The museum also has a renowned cowboy and gunfighter collection.
Loudy-Simpson Park is one of the best places near Craig to see the Yampa River. The park, south of town on Ranney Street, is a hub for sports activity in Craig, especially in the summertime when softball tournaments fill the four fields. Hockey teams from across Colorado come in the winter to slap the puck around the ice arena. The park also offers outdoor lovers nature trails and great spots for picnics.
Dinosaur National Monument
The monument is one of only a few places in the world that offers a glimpse into prehistory and canyon lands.
The quarry where the fossils are displayed is in Utah, but the Moffat County section of the monument offers Colorado’s version of the Grand Canyon.
Canyon walls as high as 200 feet border the Yampa and Green rivers, creating spectacular views from river bottoms.
The monument is near the Utah border, about 90 miles west of Craig.
Gates of Lodore
The natural wonder is a site with high-rising red canyon walls that loom over the Green River below. The area is renowned for its Class 4 rapids, among the most formidable in Colorado.
Because of the danger, boating is not allowed without a permit.
To get there from Craig, take U.S. Highway 40 west to Colorado Highway 318. Take 318 north for about 30 miles and look for the signs.
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