This is an amazing place to visit and see the dinosaur tracks next to the small river. During our visit in mid October the river was just a series of pools (no flow) and we were able to cross without getting wet. During the Spring and early summer I imagine the river would be harder to negotiate. The trail from the campground (Withers Canyon Trailhead) is steep for the first 1/4 mile and then turns into a dirt road which is easy to walk and well marked. We stumbled upon two tarantulas during the hike but otherwise saw no wildlife, other than birds. Even in October we had temperatures in the mid-80s during the hike. I'd avoid hiking this trail in the heat of the summer!! Call the Forest Service office in La Junta and they will e-mail you directions and information on trails/camping. I downgraded the hike only because it was a little bit of a forced march at the end due to the heat.....take lots of water!!! The Forest Service does offer auto tours on several Saturdays throughout the year. If you're not much of a hiker you can coordinate to join an auto tour via the La Junta Forest Service office.
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