When you think “Colorado,” you probably don’t envision deep canyons, historical forts and vast expanses of grassy plains. The Eastern Plains isn’t just Colorado’s least populated region—it’s also its most atypical, and under-visited. While others zoom past, headed for snow and mountains, those who linger in the Eastern Plains find plenty of history and Old West culture, whispering amid the long grasses. Small towns and historical sites dot the region, retaining a pioneer spirit and the quiet solitude of uninterrupted horizons. Two classic trails cross the region, the Sante Fe Historical Trail and the infamous Pony Express, feeding the Wild West fantasies of travelers. Historical sites like Bent’s Old Fort and Sandy Creek reveal more of yesterday’s lore, while wildlife refuges and parks get you connected back to nature. The well-preserved Pawnee National Grassland evokes the images settlers saw as they crossed the Eastern Plains so long ago. No wonder they stopped to linger in the Eastern Plains.