Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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.

I visited on a breezy spring day and traveled the 4 mile loop. It was quite beautiful and easy enough without being boring. Good signage for the most part.
There are actually three loops that are connected together and spurs that go along the canyon rock where the pictographs are. I hike with my dogs and they loved running and playing there. There is a creek that runs through the canyon, but bring water, of course.
Not that far from Springfield where I’m staying on a work contract ... I’m sure I will be back to visit many times.

I'm not entirely sure that the Map Trail is accurate on this one. This place is amazing. I did not purposely hike the trail here, I spent most my time wandering around looking at all the ancient native American drawings. I'm looking forward to going back to this place.

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

hiking
2 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.

5 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
6 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
8 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
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
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.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Surprising and interesting hike. Pay attention to posts! We took a wrong turn and ended up in Oklahoma.

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 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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