Historic Sites and Museums
The Museum of Northwest Colorado is located at 590 Yampa Ave., boasts a collection valued at more than $1 million featuring a world-class cowboy and gunfighter collection, local history, an old schoolroom display, Furlong's Hardware Exhibit, Native American artifacts, a coal miner and farm implement display and many others.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and is closed on holidays.
Admission is free.
The Wyman Museum is the result of years of collecting beginning in 1949 when Lou Wyman discovered an abandoned 1932 Lincoln Automobile in Elk Springs. He paid $15 for it and has been collecting every since. His assortment of items gives museum gives museum guests an experience spanning 100 years of American life, ingenuity and advancement.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Admission is free.
John Jarvie Ranch:
Located on the Green River in Browns Park, historic Jarvie Ranch provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century frontier life in what is still a remote part of the West. A favorite site along the Outlaw Trail, there are only two entrances into this area, the 35-acres site contains the original stone house and two-room dugout that was Jarvie's first residence. There is also a replica of the general store, originally built in 1881.
John Jarvie's Ranch lies along the Green River in the far northeastern corner of Utah and was a gathering place for people from the bordering states of Colorado and Wyoming. The ranch contained a post office, saloon, store and ferry transportation across the river. It was a popular hangout among trappers, residents and, often, notorious characters on the run from law, Bloom said.
Thieves reportedly murdered Jarvie in 1909; the ranch is now run by the BLM and is open to the public for educational use.
Five of the homestead's original buildings still stand: The dugout home, a stone house used for storage, the barn, corral and blacksmith shop. All are filled with items from that period, and the house is fully furnished.
Site tours are conducted daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through October. From Craig, travel west to Maybell along U.S. Highway 40. Turn west on Colorado Highway 318 for 70 miles of paved road and eight miles of maintained gravel road. Follow the Jarvie Ranch/Brown's Park signs. Approximately 115 miles from Craig.
Camping/Picnicking - Indian Crossing and Bridge Hollow developed (fee) campgrounds, adjacent to the Jarvie site, include picnic table, fire rings, drinking water, and restrooms.
Camp rates are $5 per night, first come/first served basis (no reservations available). A group site is available by reservation ($30 per night, 30 person maximum occupancy, call (435) 885-3307 for group site reservations). Pets must be on a leash at the sites.
Click here for a map of the Jarvie Ranch sites. For other camping or scenic options in this area, visit the Brown's Park link on the left.
The Marcia Car (see interior picture above right) is a
102-year-old private railroad car commissioned in 1906 by David Moffat, a prominent Denver, CO banker who played an important role in America's railroad development. Moffat named the car "Marcia" after his daughter and used it primarily for inspection tours of the Moffat Railroad line and to entertain prospective investors for the project.
This car, owned by the Craig Chamber of Commerce, is in pristine condition and is a fantastic example of luxury accommodations.
Tours are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by stopping at the Craig Chamber of Commerce/Moffat County Visitor Center, 360 E. Victory Way.