Picture Canyon Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Picture Canyon Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Campo, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
229 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

off road driving

trail running




wild flowers




washed out

Recreation opportunities in Picture Canyon include a picnic area, trail head facilities, marked four-mile loop hiking trail, camping, wildlife viewing and photography.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

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.

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016