Canyons

Picture Canyon

Picture Canyon is a premiere heritage site that is not only renown for its unique petroglyphs but also for the abundant wildlife and birds that flock to the region every spring and fall. Picture Canyon is a part of the Comanche National Grasslands in the Carizzo Unit. Located 15 miles southwest of Campo the canyon borders the Oklahoma state line. Inside the canyon are over 12 miles of hiking trails, restroom and picnic facilities and the opportunity to ride, bike, or hike. Highlights inside the Picture and North Canyon areas are Ogam-like petroglyphs, homesteads, Crack Cave equinox site, Arch Rock, as well as several springs and seeps. Tours to Picture Canyon are offered by Heritage Journey Tours and include guiding to and around the site, area history and heritage, and interpretation at the site.
Forrest Service Road
Campo, CO 81029
(719) 643-5414
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Hours of Operation
Year round.

Directions
From Springfield go south on Hwy 287 to County Rd M (about 18 miles). Go west on County Rd M for 8 miles to County Rd 18. Go south on County Rd 18 for 9 miles. Turn off at the Picture Canyon sign and go 2 miles to the campground area.


Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
Pet Area

Entrance Fees
Free





Vogel and Picket Wire Canyons

You can hike, bike or ride a horse to view the largest dinosaur track site in North America. On the trail to Picket Wire Canyon, pass walls resplendent with rock art and explore the Dolores Mission, the Old Rourke Ranch and remote cemeteries. Just off Hwy 109, on your way to Picket Wire Canyon, is the turn off for easier hiking at Vogel Canyon where you can follow the trails to a historic stage coach station near the Purgatoire River. In Vogel you can hike any one of the gentle two-mile loops and find abundant rock art.
National Forest Service Office
1420 E 3rd Street
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-2181

http://www.fs.usda.gov
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Hours of Operation
Open year round daily.

Directions
From La Junta, Colorado drive south on Highway 109 for 13 miles; turn right (west) on County Road 802 (David Canyon Road). For Vogel Canyon continue on CR 802 for 1.5 miles. Turn left (south) on Forest Service Road 505A for 1.5 miles to the Vogel Canyon parking lot. For Picket Wire go 8 miles on CR 802. Turn left (south) on County Road 25 and travel for 6 miles. Turn left at Picket Wire Corrals onto Forest Service Road 500A. Travel along Forest Service Road 500A for 3 miles, following the signs to Withers Canyon Trailhead. Park at Withers Canyon Trailhead parking loop.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Pet Area

Designations
National Register District
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Most visitors prefer to visit the area in the spring when wild flowers are blooming and late August, September, and October when temperatures in the area tend to be more moderate. The auto tour is the only motorized access into the canyons. Other ways to visit include hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Because of the rugged terrain and long distances to various sites, visitors need to plan carefully for hot weather conditions by carrying ample water and leaving very early

Entrance Fees
None for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. Tours of Picket Wire Canyon are offered through the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program of the USDA Forest Service. They cost $15 per adult and $7.50 per child. Due to rough roads, visitors will need their own four-wheel drive high clearance vehicle.





Carrizo Canyon

Carrizo Canyon provides a large amount of resources in a small area. Tours to Carrizo Canyon are offered by Heritage Journey Tours and include guiding to and around the site, area history and heritage, and interpretation at the site. The canyon has water year round and a two mile hiking trail that encircles the area. The canyon also provides camping spots, restrooms, and picnic areas. Although the canyon is not deep, it is a beautiful place to watch wildlife and provides excellent birdwatching in the spring and fall. The canyon also boasts pecked style animal petroglyphs if you care to crawl around and look for them.
County Rd M
Pritchett, CO 81064
(719) 643-5414

www.santafetrailscenicandhistoricbyway.org

Hours of Operation
Open year.

Directions
From Springfield go south on Hwy 287 to County Rd M (about 18 miles). On County Rd M go west about 20 miles to the Forest Service sign on the south side of the road indicating to turn into Carrizo Canyon. The campground is 2 miles down the road.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Visitor Information
Pet Area

Travel Tips
Make sure to fill with fuel before leaving town. Expect long distances, dirt or gravel roads and remote locations. Bring water as there is no drinking water available at the site. Summer time temps can range in the upper 90’s to 100’s, spring and fall provide milder options. Watch for snakes. For more information on Carrizo Canyon or if you want to explore the canyon on your own stop by the Forest Service Office immediately south of Springfield, CO on the east side of the road or call 719-523-6591. There you will find brochures, directions and a small gift shop.

Entrance Fees
Tours from Heritage Journey range from $25/pp to $150/pp. It is free to explore the canyon on your own.





Canyon Journey Tours

Tours offered in the Comanche National Grassland and on private ranch property in Baca County and the surrounding area. Tours range from interpretive tours of Picture Canyon to driving tours. All tours interpret local history, legends, natural resources, historic and pre-historic sites. Tours of local historical and heritage sites include: Picture Canyon, Carrizo Canyon, WPA sites, homestead, cemeteries, birding, county and local history. Tours can include lodging, horseback riding, trail rides, wagon rides, backpacking and hiking trips, and can be customized to fit individual needs and interests.
10754 County RD 3.1
Pritchett, CO 81064
(719) 643-5414
http://www.www.canyon-journeys.com

Hours of Operation
Any day of the week by reservation.

Directions
From Lamar take Hwy 287 to Springfield and turn west on Hwy 160 at Springfield for 15 miles until you come to Pritchett. From LaJunta take Hwy 109 south to Hwy 160. Turn east on Hwy 160 for 30 miles to the town of Pritchett. From Trinidad take Hwy 160 east to the town of Pritchett.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Accessibility

Travel Tips
Make sure to have enough fuel to make the trip to remote regions. Long distances are traveled.

Entrance Fees
Tours range from $25/pp to $150/pp