Our Hotel Near Picketwire Canyonlands

Discover Prehistory Near La Junta

Offering endless opportunities for lovers of the outdoors, Picketwire Canyonlands is a dream destination for anyone fascinated by prehistory and seeking the best Colorado outdoor attractions. Situated on the Comanche National Grassland south of La Junta, the area features the largest dinosaur track site in North America.

A trusted guide is the best source of information on the astonishing history of the region, and fortunately guided tours are available to give you a memorable and meaningful experience. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can experience the guided auto tour offered by the Comanche National Grassland Office of the National park Service. For a full list of rules and regulations, please consult the Recreation.gov page.

If hiking, biking and horseback riding are more your speed, no-fee opportunities for these activities abound. Picketwire Canyonlands are home to some of the most challenging terrain in the region. Withers Canyon, the trailhead for Picketwire Canyon, is the access point for hikers, non-motorized bicycles, and horseback riders.

To reach the dinosaur tracks, you'll pass by the Dolores Mission and Cemetery, just 3.7 miles from the trailhead. From here, the dinosaur tracks are only accessible by crossing the river, so be extremely careful. For extra safety measures, please consult the trail rules and be prepared for the variable climate, challenging terrain, and intense physical activity.

Come stay at our hotel near Picketwire Canyonlands to appreciate this fascinating site.