Located on the northeastern corner of the beautiful state of Colorado, far from city lights and backed up traffic, sits Logan County. This agricultural area is the perfect place to wind down, whether you are on a road trip across the country or looking for a weekend getaway. The hub of the county is Sterling. Here you will find a “small town” atmosphere, interesting history, friendly locals and a lively downtown with shops, restaurants, and a brewery. Surrounding Sterling is the natural beauty of the high plains that provides an activity for everyone! Sterling is filled with fairs, festivals and events, so if you plan your trip just right, you may get to experience one!
When you first arrive into Logan County, a great way to get acquainted with this side of Colorado is walking around Downtown Sterling. You will quickly discover the rich and intriguing past of the area through painted murals, historic buildings, and creative artwork. Sterling has also been given the nickname “City of Living Trees” because of artist Bradford Rhea. He transformed dead cottonwoods into extravagant bronze creatures that have been dispersed around town.
Snack at Simkins Parlour
The core of downtown Sterling consists of its small independent businesses, one being Simkins Parlour. This adorable shop is located perfectly, so that you can stop in for a tasty snack. The great ambiance, delicious coffee, fresh food and premium ice cream will make for a relaxing and satisfying lunch before you head to the Overland Trail Museum.
Overland Trail Museum
This museum is truly something you cannot miss when you are visiting Logan County. You will be fascinated to learn about one of the country’s most heavily traveled roads during the days of the gold rush. The museum holds the history of those who traveled miles seeking gold and a better life. Behind the main structure, you will step back in time and get a feel for the area during the 1900’s. There are more than a dozen exhibit buildings, plus artifacts, antique farm equipment, and other historic treasures. This charming, small town museum will keep you entertained no matter your age!
Overland Trail Recreation Area
After your visit to the past, a relaxing trail at the Overland Trail Recreation Area is conveniently located right next to the museum. You can enjoy the path under the trees and the nature around you. There are many places to drop down to the riverbed for some fun in the sand and water. You also have the choice to fish in the pond, just make sure you have a fishing license!
Dinner at Parts and Labor Brewery
After a busy day of activities, the best way to wind down is with a cold, local beer. The Parts and Labor Brewery may be the first and only brewery in Logan County, but it certainly started the county off on the right foot. Their locally brewed beer and the food menu will excite your taste buds. The atmosphere of the transformed Cadillac shop makes your experience even more fun and unique!
The Crest Motel is located perfectly in walking distance from downtown Sterling allowing you to explore all the wonders close by. This hidden gem is the only boutique property in Sterling giving you a quaint and relaxing experience!
Morning Stroll in Pioneer Park or a Round of Golf
If you would like to start your day off with a morning walk, one of the best places to do this is Pioneer Park. You will feel relaxed and refreshed as you walk through the trees and listen to the chirping birds. If you are a golf lover we suggest setting an early tee-time at Riverview Golf Course! This will allow you an opportunity for a peaceful morning on the green without the pressure of a crowded course.
Quick cup at Hot Java Espresso or Breakfast at J&L Cafe
What better way to get a taste of Sterling than to stop into a locally owned coffee shop that has been serving for years! If you are a coffee lover then you will appreciate this coffee that has been voted best in Sterling. They also serve delicious pastries and breakfast sandwiches. If you want to sit down and take your time, then a nice cup of coffee and filling breakfast at J&L Cafe will do the trick! This home style cookin’ is a local favorite!
North Sterling State Park and Reservoir
Today you can spend most of your day enjoying the outdoor beauty of the high plains. North Sterling State Park and Reservoir is a gateway to fun and relaxation. It is a paradise for water sport lovers and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you rent a canoe, take a hike around the reservoir, or sun bathe on the swim beach you will love this oasis on the prairie! If you want to extend your day trip to an overnight trip, there are plenty of campsites for tents and RVs available in the State Park.
End the night with Stargazing
Like I said before, Logan County is far away from city lights making it one of the best places to stargaze. If you are not already camping at North Sterling State Park, we suggest throwing a blanket in the car, driving into the open plains and looking up at the never ending twinkling sky.
This story has been created in partnership with Logan County Tourism Board, Colorado.