Fascinating land, a part of Colorado that remains well hidden. We took the 8-hour Forest Service tour--starting at 8 a.m. in La Junta and caravaning to the canyon. There were four other cars, plus a lead car with our guide and a car at the end with two volunteers. The Forest Service will give you recommendations on how to prepare, so pay attention. Make sure you have a spare tire. One car did have a flat. Take a lot of water. And make your lunch compact, as you walk across the river with it. We went when the river was a tad high, but walking across was no problem. And it helped to cool us off in the 100 degree heat. I wish the Forest Service would cut the ranch at the end out of the tour--it was not that big of a deal, plus it was way too hot by then. I also would have paid a bit more to have had some printed materials for additional information and to help remember some of what the guide said. It is hard to say what my favorite part was--probably the dinosaur tracks. But I loved the overall environment and the drive itself, with all the amazing rock formations. The time flew. Our four-wheel drive handled the trip well, as did we--we're both in our late 60s.
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