When Pam Good Wind bought a small piece of land in remote Southeastern Colorado, she had a vision. As a lifelong educator, she wanted to build a learning experience for curious travelers. As an adopted member of the Sioux tribe, she wanted to spread understanding of native culture in a hands-on way.
Starting from scratch, and with the help of her Native American family tribe, she erected a small tipi village on her land. Each of the five tipis bears the name and art of a different spirit animal. The continuity with the wildlife in the surrounding area is striking.
In its first summer of operation, Pam and Indigenous Roots greeted two different groups for a four-day three-night stay filled with off-grid connection to nature, immersion in indigenous lore, and lovingly prepared meals that reflect Pam’s regard for local living.
It’s spiritual. It’s outdoorsy. It’s a side of Colorado that few campers and road-trippers have the privilege to come across. It’s all about returning to roots.
Know Before You Go
For the best route using GPS, get yourself to Trinidad, CO and then enter the Indigenous Roots address from there.
This is no ordinary roadside campground. Schedule ahead with Pam and soak in the full three-night experience.