Craig Day Trips
Cultural Heritage in Craig
Community LegacyThe Ute Indians were the last Native American tribe inhabiting the Yampa Valley before settlers moved into the area in the 1800s. Tribes had carved their existence on rock walls. Later, cattle and sheep men etched their legacy in the vast territory through range wars and gunfights as the land was opened to ranching, agriculture, and hunting. By 1881 early homesteaders arrived and a post office was established by cattle king Ora Haley. Businessman W.H. Tucker, prompted by talk of a railroad being built through the area, traveled from Glenwood Springs in 1887. Seeking to profit from the rumor, he secured land and established the town of Craig in 1889.The railroad wasn’t built until 24 years later, but its arrival opened the area to national cattle and sheep markets. Today, it solely transports coal.
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1. Museum of Northwest Colorado /State Armory
Location: 341 E. Victory WayCompletely restored and available for viewing and tours, the “Marcia Car” was railroad entrepreneur David Moffat’s private business car for railroad travel, which he named after his daughter.
3. Fortification Rocks
The rocks are a unique geological feature when viewed from the north or south. They are part of the volcanic field from the Elkhead Mountains range. In the 1870s the mountains were visited by members of the John Wesley Powell and Ferdinand Hayden expeditions.