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it's a shame this isn't tagged as an historic site, there are 1000s of years of history on the trails in this area.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice trail.
Sunscreen is a must and you must have plently of water.
When the sun goes down, it can get very cold, so also recommend a jacket/coat.
If you mountain bike this trail highly recommend "puncture resistance" tires and/or tubes, due to the spurs on the trail.
If you have any questions about the trail I'm on Facebook Messenger.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this solo in early June 2016 - trailhead to the dino tracks and back. It is a physically easy hike - maybe a 400 foot climb out of the canyon to get back to trailhead at the end. I did it in 4 hours - including eating lunch on the riverbank.

The views are decent from some of the higher trail points, and the dino tracks, ruins and petroglyphs make for a variety of scenery. Decent flora (cactus and wildflowers) along the route, but saw more fauna up on the plateau by trailhead. Interestingly I only saw jackrabbits and no cottontails on top, but the converse was true down in the canyon.

Two words of warning: 1. There were BILLIONS of grasshoppers/locusts along parts of the trail. Wear long pants and walk fast and steady when you encounter them. 2. Heat: I dropped in at 9 AM and climbed out at 1 PM. Even in early June the canyon was oppressively hot by 1 PM. I drank all 3 liters of water I brought along, and was pretty baked when I got back to trailhead. There is little to no shade to be found there, except for the occasional cottonwood in the canyon and the odd cedar along the canyon walls.

It is a very enjoyable hike, and if you time it right you'll have it all to yourselves like I did!

it was great. Comanche grasslands, full moon, dinosaur tracks....owls hooting, skunks tripping down the trail..it's a long trail. prepare well.

hiking
10 months ago

If you are doing this trail in the summer, camp at the trailhead and get an early start. This is a wide open space with little to no shade and it get hot once the noon day sun appears. I loved this trail for its trip through history. The dinosaur tracks are the icing on the cake, but you pass pre-Columbian petroglyphs, an old Spanish mission, and an early American homestead along the way. As other have said, bring plenty of water.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Did this in August 2016. Dinosaur footprints are unique. Hike is flat but 11 miles round trip from campground. Add another 5 if you don't have decent ground clearance vehicle because 2wd trailhead is 2.5 from campground trailhead. Decent descent into canyon is ONLY significant nonhorizontal hiking present. Take water or a filter. There is a source. The hike is a 2 or 3 but the uniqueness and relative difficulty makes it a 4 in my book.

trail running
Thursday, October 20, 2016

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

I did this trail as an extension of the Picture canyon trail. A lot of variety. nice desert hike. Take plenty of water. The trail is a little hard to follow past the pond.

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

You can drive it or walk it, the trail is clear but not well marked. Near Oklahoma's Black Mesa trail, but you have to drive into Colorado to access it from this point. Not much to see, just a chance to walk out in the wide open to a minor point of interest. But if you're in the neighborhood, do it. Its on federal land.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

mountain biking
Friday, June 10, 2016

awesome!!! great day, lots of history on the way

hiking
Thursday, March 31, 2016

This is an easy hike to some petroglyphs on the canyon walls and to an old homestead. If you do the full loop you continue up a canyon where there is a small arch before returning to the trailhead. The trail after the homestead gets harder to follow. I give it a five stars because their is nothing else in the area to see but open grassland. Otherwise I would of rated it a three. Yes, it is worth seeing.

A great trip plan is to also see Picketwire and Vogel Canyons a little northwest of here, (south of La Juenta, CO) at the same time. These sites also contain petrographs, dinosaur tracs, an old spanish mission, and more.

hiking
Saturday, October 03, 2015

It was hot. Way hot! We needed every drop of water we could had and it was fortunate there was a spring on the far side that we could refill at. The trail goes from visible to marked only by post unevenly spaced across the prairie grass. The pictographs are very mutilated which is so sad, they look like there were amazing at one time. The hills and cliffs are nice, great colors at sunrise and sunset. We saw one big buck which was very nice. Outside that, there was little wildlife. The spring we got water from was very nice, had a pipe sticking out that made getting your water easy. However, the mosquitos were BAD just before sunset. Not sure if the would be as bad during the heat of the day.

Definitely a trail we would try again, but only in the winter months.