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“Petroglyphs & more” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vogel Canyon
Ranked #5 of 10 things to do in La Junta
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Owner description: A canyon in the Comanche National Grasslands with excellent petroglyphs.
Lyons, Colorado
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Petroglyphs & more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a very easy hike that takes you back in time. People lived in this canyon 7,500 years ago. There are Petroglyphs and sadly stupid people have been destroying them. We were surprised to find water holes and to discover that there were folks living there during the Dustbowl.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank ByronFears
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English first
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“History of the untamed West.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Vogel Canon affords a glimpse into the distant past. There's basic restroom facilities and a picnic table at the parking area. The trails wind from the prairie into the mouth of the canon. Along the way you can see the ruins of an old stagecoach station and old homesteads. The most prominent pictographs are marred by ignorance in the form of graffiti and bullet strikes to sandstone canon walls. Fear not, for those willing to explore, there are a number of pictographs in the canon the ignorant have not damaged. The area appears as it did hundreds of years ago, for the most part unspoiled by progress. Make your trip in the fall or early spring to limit exposure to the heat, bugs and snakes.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Troyjs
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Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Even though the petroglyphs have been graffitied, you can still see most of them. We found it fascinating to imagine people trying to live in the canyon area. We came across what looked like 3 different homesteads where they used the shale rock for structures. I wish they would've posted more signs with more historical information. The hike is pretty easy and the terrain is beautiful. Beware of cactus, of course, and we did see a snake. But all that is to be expected. We also saw lots of lizards, antelope, quail, and other birds. There are restrooms and picnic tables but be sure to bring your own toilet paper, just in case. Also bring lots and lots of water.

2 Thank Carrie A
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Littleton, Colorado
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105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Spend the day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

Excellent picnic facilities, clean grounds, lovely trails in different terrain and different lengths. Close to La Junta. Ruins are well marked.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank LM4u
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Lamar, Colorado, United States
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Back door access to PIcketwire Canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

This is a good area for hiking and biking. The canyon given access to Picketwire Canyon dinosaur tracks, but it is a long hike, so take plenty of water. Mid summer hiking is discouraged as temperatures may reach 100+ and there are no facilities.

1 Thank Galen H
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