Take a lunch break at family-run Felisa's ($; closed Sun; 27948 Frontage Rd.; 719/384-4814), which offers American and Mexican fare, including the house specialty: potato burritos with green-chile sauce.
About 6 miles east of town, drive down a sleepy side road to another gem, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site (9-4 daily; $3; 35110 State 194 E.; www.nps.gov/beol or 719/383-5010). The towered adobe fort houses a trading post set up as it was during the outpost's 1830s-'40s heyday. Interpreters dressed as traders and trappers lead free walks that illuminate the fort's vital role along the Santa Fe Trail.