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Picketwire Canyonlands
Ogden, Utah
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23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I want to come back here with better camera equipment than I had with Me. How did this place come to be? You start looking around and suddenly there's just not enough time in the day to see it all! I'll be back here for sure on my next trip!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank L. B
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San Diego, California
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263 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“Can't have more fun than this!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Take the guided,ranger led, four wheel drive tour. We didn't have a four wheel drive vehicle so we rented one in town. Hertz is located out of the KOA. The rangers are very knowledgeable and professional. We were one of ten vehicles. First you'll caravan out to the petroglyphs. The drive out is fascinating by itself. Watch for deer and wild turkey. The next stop is a stunningly beautiful arch. Great photo op. Then, the main attraction, the dinosaur tracks. Kevin, our guide really knows his stuff. What an interesting site. The longest set of tracks in the world. This is where scientists discovered these huge beasts traveled in herds. Then there are the three toed tracks of the carnivores They didn't travel in herds. The Forest Service just did some more excavation so we were among the first people to see the new tracks. You can see tracks from three species of dinosaurs. So cool! After lunch, we went to the ruins of the mission and Kevin translated the headstones from Spanish to English. The final stop is the historic Roark ranch.

You must have a 4WD vehicle and you must make reservations. The cost is only $15 for adults and kids are half off. You meet at the headquarters at 8a.m and get back somewhere around 4pm. As of 2013 the tours are given in spring and fall. Summer is just too hot for some visitors. Take two quarts of water per person, pack a lunch, bring sunblock, sunglasses, a hat and bug repellent. Also take a first aid kit and enough medication to last 24 hours, just in case. Oh, and bring a spare tire and lug wrench that fits. We didn't have any flats, but it happens now and then, This is a rocky winding road that's steep in places. Don't forget your camera! Wear hiking boots, but bring an old pair of tennis shoes or water shoes to walk across the river. This, their second year of drought, the river is so low we didn't have to change shoes. On the up side, we got to see tracks that are usually covered by the river. You'll have a great time!.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Art-Roxanne
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Denver, CO
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A rare and wonderful opportunity”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We signed up for a 4-wheel drive, Ranger led tour of Picketwire Canyon- a terrific experience from petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, historic mission and homestead in the canyon. While you can hike in, this ranger led group is well done and fun.

Visited May 2012
Thank EricDurland
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Loveland, CO.
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2012

We went for our son's 5th birthday. Huge dinosaur fan. Everything telling (brochures, internet, etc) of Picketwire Canyon and the dinosaur tracks says things like "largest amount of tracks in North America." I don't know where they rate now because of the drought, but since the river is virtually gone, many, many more tracks have been found. The dino tracks are everywhere. And of course there was so much other stuff to see on our tour. What an amazing opportunity. Our forest service guide was great. Loved it!!!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Melicent
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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168 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“What can you say? Real dinosaur tracks!”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
Thank Skullmann
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