Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Comanche National Grassland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The Overlook trail was okay but NOT handicap accessible. It was covered in sand and pebbles. The Canyon trail became confusing to follow and the 50 or so cows were not happy to have us around. We couldn't see the art on the walls in the sunlight, just the graffiti.

Difficult to find petroglyphs

Fun easy trail once you get to the bottom of the first dissent. We went with the Trinidad Outdoor Club on a ride last summer. Needless to say we had all abilities levels and most had to walk their bikes down to the valley bottom after that everyone was able to ride from there. We have three daughters ages 8,9, and 10 and they loved the trail. Not to mention that this is the only way our children could make it all the way out to the dinosaur tracks and back before night fall. Please make sure to bring more water than you think you need.

bring lots of water regardless of time of year. Little shade.

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3 months ago

Great hike, wide paths, easy to follow. Dino tracks were amazing. We went 2/17/18, weather was great. Plan enough time, we got back about dark, and temps fall fast when the sun goes down.

spectacular trail with much to see and experience!

Beautiful trail, steeped in history. We went 2/15...no snow (thankfully). This trail has VERY little shade, maybe a large boulder or two along the way, please bring lots of water. We only made it to the dinosaur tracks... Thoes were super cool. Crossing the river is not a necessity as the tracks are on both sides, but we did. The Purgatory River was freezing cold but refreshing after walking in the sun for a few hours. It was not very deep maybe 8-10 inches. Heed the warnings about bringing water and being aware of your surroundings. We did not see any wild life other than birds but noticed there was a lot of droppings on the trail.

6 months ago

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
7 months 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
9 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!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

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.

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.

mountain biking
Friday, June 10, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, August 30, 2014

A wonderful little walk, beautiful. The cactus was blooming. The trails was easy to find and follow.

hiking
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hiked to the petroglyph along the overlook trail and then back along the Vogel Canyon trail. There was so much graffiti along with the actual ancient markings we couldn't tell which ones were the actual petroglyphs and which ones were done by the dick drips.
It was pretty hot so we did not stay out too long.

hiking
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Did this one with a good friend early in the year - agree about not trying this in the middle of the summer as it can be brutally hot. Dino tracks are goal and well worth the hike. Along the way is an old Spanish mission ruins and cemetery. Interesting birding and plant life if you slow down to check it out...good trail-head to park at and a very cool and interesting hike overall.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2011

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.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The canyon trail was very scenic and varied in what it had to offer. The indian cave art is hard to find and faint, at least what I saw. But that did not diminish the beauty of the area. Nice cliffs, natural springs, desert landscape. Greatly enjoyed the trip to Vogel Canyon. There are three other trails in Vogel. Take the time to do them all.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2011

The trail was a nice hike along an old stage line and through a native sage prairie. Great open sky, nice desert scenery. Recommend doing it with the other trails at Vogel canyon. It makes a nice full day hiking the area. Some of the other trails are more spectacular, but I wouldn't miss this one either.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2011

Vogel Mesa trail follows the canyon rim and offers nice view of the canyon and surround country. Pleasant and short enough for anyone. Camping at the trailhead and coupling this trail with the others at Vogel makes for a nice day to day and one half of fun.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2011

The trail is a gravel trail that is rated for wheelchair, however, is would be difficult without assistance. The trail is simple and fairly level. I only rated it a three because of its length and simplicity. It does offer great views of Vogel Canyon. It would be great for kids.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2011

The trail is primarily a jeep trail that takes you to the trail highlights, old homesteads, spanish mission, dinasour tracks. The tracks were fantastic. So was the mission. highlly rate this trail. Be careful about summertime temperatures, It can be brutal and very dangerous.

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2011

It is inaccurate to call this trail being mainly for mountain biking. The trail may be used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders. The primary attraction of the trail is travel to the famous dinosaur trackway - the largest of its kind in North America. Along the trail there are several sites with ancient petroglyphs, ruins dating from the 19th century and beautiful views of natural rock formations. The round trip from the trailhead to the dinosaur tracks is about 10.5 miles. Beyond those is a pretty rock arch right by the trail, and a bit farther on an obvious trail leads up to some petroglyphs. There are lots of 'glyphs along the route if you look in the right places.

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