Picket Wire Canyonlands Trail is a 17.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Model, CO that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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Picket Wire Canyonlands is a 18.1 mile out and back trail. The hike from the trailhead to the Mission is 3.7 miles, the Mission to the Dinosaur Tracks is 1.6 miles and from the Tracks to the Rourke Ranch is 4.4 miles. The trail highlights of historic ruins and dinosaur tracks makes this one unique. Trail highlights include the Dolores Mission and Cemetery, which was built between 1871 and 1889 by Mexican pioneers settling the valley. Partial remains of the Mission and Cemetery are still visible. This site is about 3.7 miles from the trailhead. The dinosaur tracks, the largest sample in United States are further down the trail 1.6 miles. To access the dinosaur tracks, you will need to cross the river so be careful. Rourke Ranch, the end of the trail, is 4.4 miles beyond the dinosaur tracks. In Summary', the hike from the trailhead to the Mission is 3.7 miles, the Mission to the Dinosaur Tracks is 1.6 miles, The dinosaur tracks to the mission is 3.4 miles. Total round trip for the Dinosaur Tracks is 17.4 miles.
Picketwire canyon is remarkable and unique with the dinosaur tracks and ruins, indian rock art, and general desert environment with its panoramic views. Plan well, primitive camping at the trailhead, no water. Purgoitory river not the best source for water on the trail, though we used it. Extreme heat in mid to late summer, plan accordingly. We stopped at the dinsosaur tracks and went back. Plan on returning to go all the way to Rourk ranch.