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“Great hike”

Picketwire Canyonlands
Reviewed May 14, 2014

There have been migrating people living in this location since 5,500 BC... WOW! Take water when hiking and watch out for snakes. Trail markers are not always easily located.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

My spouse and I hiked/walked to the dinosaur track site (not the private jeep tour) and it was a perfect hike for a warm winter day. It took us about 7 hours total with lunch break and stops to look at the petroglyphs along the way. I personally wouldn't recommend hiking the trail with young children that aren't experienced hikers, as it was a very long 11 miles for us (in decent shape). I was particularly concerned with being able to drive our car to the trailhead parking since it was advised to not take the 3 mile trail from the main dirt road unless you had a 4WD vehicle, but we managed just fine (just be careful not to get high centered in a couple spots). I definitely wouldn't take a car up the trail if the roads were wet or muddy. We didn't see anyone else on the trail or at the tracks until we were leaving the site after lunch. It was neat to experience the tracks by ourselves and to literally "discover" the petroglyphs (or at least the ones we found) as they are not marked by signs, but we spotted them as we were walking along the trail and trying to be on the lookout. One tip-wear wool socks and good hiking/tennis shoes and bring an extra pair of socks in case they get wet crossing the river. I had major blisters on the hike back from wearing wet cotton socks. Also bring LOTS of water. Even though it was only 75 degrees as a high the day we went, we each went through a full camelback bladder and two extra pints of water.

5  Thank mcbitb
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

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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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were fortunate to have a private tour of the Picketwire Canyonlands with a group from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in August and it was nearly 100 degrees. The dinosaur track area is amazing as it is the largest track area in the world. You can hike or bicycle in on a 11+ mile round trip on your own, or take a tour with a Forest Service staffer. Taking a tour is a great way to go. The staffer is full of information and very knowledgeable. You must have a reservation and a high clearance 4 wheel drive. The tours are given on Saturdays in the spring and fall.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

There are 2 ways to see this ancient trackway. Unless you are in good physical condition and can tolerate the heat; it's well worth the money to take the guided tour. Along the way you will find the ruins of an old church & cemetery from the time of the Spanish exploration and settlement of the area; as well as pictographs etched into the sand-stone by Native Americans. You can go it alone - but it's a long hike. Depending on the time of year, heat can be a major factor. It's doable if you are able bodied - either way you make the trek, this is well worth your effort.

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