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Best trails in La Junta

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Looking for a great trail near La Junta, Colorado? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around John Martin Reservoir State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like City Park or Denver City Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in La Junta ranging from 1.3 to 2 miles and from 4,005 to 4,406 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in La Junta
Top trails (6)
#1 - Picketwire Canyon Trail
Comanche National Grassland
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 7 h 17 m
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. To access the dinosaur tracks, you will need to cross the river so be careful. Note: Horses are NOT allowed on the dinosaur tracks. Rourke Ranch, the end of the trail, is about 4.4 miles beyond the dinosaur tracks.Show more
#2 - Vogel Canyon Trail
Comanche National Grassland
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 29 m
The Canyon trail is a 1.75 mile loop trail that wanders down the canyon walls to the valley below through pinon pine and sandstone formations, remnants of old ruins of the Westbrook settlement, Native American rock art and natural springs. Near the end of the trail you can either return on the same trail you came in on, or come back out on the Prairie, Mesa and Overlook trails.Show more
#3 - Vogel Canyon - Overlook Trail
Comanche National Grassland
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
Vogel Canyon is a gorgeous sandstone canyon with pinon pine and native shortgrass prairie. It was formed by the Purgatoire River. Three springs are found in the valley. Native indian petroglyphs are also found on the canyon walls. A spur of the Santa Fe Trail, developed by the Barlow and Sanderson Mail and Stage Line, is part of the trails at Vogel.Show more
#4 - Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site Trail
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
#5 - Vogel Canyon - Mesa Trail
Comanche National Grassland
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 53 m
The Mesa trail at Vogel Canyon is a trail that branches off the Overlook trail and the Prairie trail. It wanders through the pinon pine, past a spring and some old ruins. Show more
#6 - Vogel Canyon - Prairie Trail
Comanche National Grassland
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
The Prairie Trail is a trail that passes the ruins of an old stage coach station for the Barlow and Sanderson Stage Line, pass the ruins of an old settlement, a rock corral and natural springs, and ending in the canyon where spur trails take you to Native indian petroglyphs.Show more