Before Southern California was the land where sprawling megalopolises stretched from mountain to coast and tourists flocked to theme parks, surf spots, and the kitschy offerings of Hollywood, it comprised the furthest fringes of the Wild West. You know it as a dusty land where railroads and cowboys nodded to the future and the past, lawmen and outlaws clashed, and adventure seekers went to make new lives in little-known lands. As a wise wanderer, you follow in the wake of the stagecoaches and railroad cars that slowly made their way to California, and in choosing hotels in Colton, CA, a decidedly less-than-famous locale, you embrace your forebears' quest for an experience yet unknown.
Explore outside the doors of Colton hotels and discover that this city in the rugged Inland Empire section of SoCal bears the vestiges of its Wild West days. Walk along the Santa Ana River Trail and stop awhile where it crosses the railroad tracks that pass through Colton. You'll feel the incoming roar of freight trains long before a deafening honk sounds its warning. You can imagine that locals barely notice the commotion, but with the steam-powered locomotives of the olden days chugging through your imagination, you'll appreciate these railroad tracks for their central role in the city's heritage. Stand on the trail and know that not so long ago, its now-asphalted dust was disturbed by the cowboy boots of no less a western icon than Virgil Earp, who as Colton's first marshal oversaw a showdown between railroad companies along these tracks. You might yearn for a horseback or steam train journey, but Colton rental cars offer a more convenient way to continue your trip to Palm Springs. After a night at one of the hotels in Palm Springs, you might be glad that the dust of the Wild West has settled, leaving you to enjoy the fineries of a contemporary California vacation.
Use the Travelocity app to find hotels near Colton, CA and get ready to head west. Chaps and a cowboy hat need not be in your suitcase.