Make tracks to Picketwire

, | dlacord | Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

You know what they say – big feet, big…

That’s footprints.  As in really big.  And really old. 

Dinosaur footprints left 150 million years ago are the main attraction of the Picketwire Canyonlands on the Comanche National Grasslands south of La Junta. The area is protected, and can be accessed on foot or on bikes or horses. Several times a year, the U.S. Forest Service offers guided auto tours into the area as well. 

Fall tours begin the first Saturday in September and run through October.  During the tours, guides will point out hundreds of dinosaur tracks made by the mighty Brontosaurs and ferocious Allosauruses, as well as prehistoric, historic and natural features of the canyon.

All-day tours (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are offered on Saturdays; cost is $15 per adult and $7.50 per child; visitors must use their own four-wheel-drive vehicles on the rough roads. 

For more information or to make reservations, call the U.S. Forest Service at 1-719-384-2181 or go to http://fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/com

– Deb Acord

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