Southeast Colorado Wildlife Areas

Two Buttes Dam & Wildlife Area

The 1909 dam is significant for its engineering and as an intact example of a turn-of-the-century earthen dam built to aid in irrigating portions of southeastern Colorado. The dam was built before machinery with horses, mules and hand labor. Remains of the canal that delivered water many miles for farming use are still visible above the road through the adjacent Two Buttes State Wildlife Area that lies at the foot of the dam. Locally known as the “Black Hole,” the deep water between the cliffs remains a vital source of water (and popular swimming hole) even when the reservoir is dry.



County Rd 30(21 miles NE of Springfield)
Two Buttes, CO 81084
(719) 336-6600


Hours of Operation
Dawn to Dusk

Directions
From Springfield drive 18 miles north to Road B.5. Turn east and drive 3 miles to the dam and wildlife area. From Hwy 116 East, 10 miles north of Springfield, go about 5 mi. east to County Road 30, which also leads to the dam but some noodling around may required. (The dam is much closer than the buttes off in the distance north ahead of you).

Visitor Services
Parking
Pet Area

Designations
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Fill up with fuel before leaving Springfield or Lamar, expect long distances and remote dirt roads.

Entrance Fees
Division of Wildlife property; Habitat Stamps or Parks Pass may be required.





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





Dinosaur Track Exhibit at Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center

An incredible opportunity to view both unique dinosaur tracks and an interpretive exhibit awaits at the John Martin Reservoir Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. The exhibit was prepared by the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. This includes information on crocodiles, an Ornithomimid, and numerous Iguanodontids. The design of the exhibit gives the visitors three interactive things to do: rubbings of a track, touchable tracks, and the matching pace of the dinosaur with silhouettes on the floor. It also has an eye catching mural and very informative signage.



29955 County Rd 25.75
Hasty, CO 81044
(719) 336-3476


Hours of Operation
The visitors center at the Corps headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on all traditional and federal holidays.

Directions
Travel US State Hwy.50 (15 miles east of Las Animas and 19 miles west of Lamar) to Hasty. In Hasty go south on County Road 24 approximately 2 miles. At the south end of the dam you go down the hill pass the campground and cross the Arkansas River. The entrance to the Corps headquarters is marked.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
ADA Accessibility
Pet Area


Travel Tips
Come prepared for Southeastern Colorado weather. Summers sometimes are hot but dry. All roads to the site are paved. The site is ADA accessible.

Entrance Fees
No admission fees at the visitors center.