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“Picketwire Dinosaur track”

Picketwire Canyonlands
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Dinosaur Track site is amazing. Walked from the Withers Canyon trailhead to the Dinosaur track. Bring enough water, food and make sure not to walk the track when it is very warm. The Creek will be refreshing, and bring cheap water shoes, so you can cool down in the Creek.
Amazing place to walk next to 150 million year old footprints of Dinosaurs. Adventure of a lifetime.

4  Thank Ed_Schulte
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

This area is wild and secluded with great services. Nice campsites and excellent long trails to mission ruins and dinosaur tracks. River crossing is necessary to reach the tracks.

3  Thank LM4u
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We rode our bikes which I think made it much easier. The first part of the trail goes down the side of the canyon. We pushed and carried our bikes down and back up at the end. I wasn’t difficult. We’ve in our fifties.

The ride is on an old jeep trail. The biking was not difficult and I think much more enjoyable than walking would have been.

The scenery was not spectacular but interesting.

The tracks are spectacular.

We didn’t see anyone on the ride. I can understand that the organized tour would be interesting. For me the solitude was part of the charm. It’s a ride I’ll always remember.

As others have said, you’re out there alone. So make sure you have food, water, and appropriate clothing.

5  Thank msfromgptx
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

This is a fabulous place to visit. You can only get down the canyon two ways as this is on US Army property. The first, which, I recommend, is to sign up for the tour via the US Forest Div in La Junta, CO. You will need a 4x4 vehicle and there is a charge but it's well worth it. The second is to go to the public parking area and hike or ride a bike down the canyon. Just remember that at the end of the day, you will be hiking.biking up hill. This way is free but you don't get all the historical verbage that you would with the tour. You will see the old ranch, stage stop, cemetary and of course, the DINOSAUR Tracks. They are fabulous. You have to cross the river but it's not very deep(a foot or so) and on a hot day, it is so relaxing. If you look of the rocks you will find some prehistoric indian rock art. Bring plenty of water and as for most areas in southern Colorado you will need to watch for the rattlers!!!!

10  Thank nohesitating
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

This is a remote canyon, but very unique. You won't see dinosaur tracks anywhere else in this quanity. There is also a ranch, stage stop, spanish mission remains and cemetery. Plan to schedule your trip with the Forest Service office in La Junta as trips are only on weekends and must be guided and carpool with 4x4 only. Take your own water, snack, TP as there are no services in the canyon.

2  Thank Galen H
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