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4runner
01-13-2015, 09:34 PM
Photo's from Picketwire Canyon south of La Junta, Colorado in the Comanche National Grasslands. This was mostly a hiking trip except for about 5-6 miles of mud.


The start of the road back to the trail head. This section of road was fine it's when you turned to the south that it got muddy.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080163Stitch1280x427_zps55506f35.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080163Stitch1280x427_zps55506f35.jpg.html)

The trailhead for Picketwire Canyon starts in the campground area of Withers Canyon and descends down about 250 though a shade area that hasn’t seen the sun for a bit.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080180Stitch1204x1280_zpsbe4075ab.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080180Stitch1204x1280_zpsbe4075ab.jpg.html)

Down inside the canyon and the start of the hike.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080188Stitch1280x554_zps734171dc.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080188Stitch1280x554_zps734171dc.jpg.html)

A ruin site shortly after the descent down into the canyon.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080209Stitch1280x362_zpsb5551bf5.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080209Stitch1280x362_zpsb5551bf5.jpg.html)

Old well.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080226960x1280_zpsb12ac137.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080226960x1280_zpsb12ac137.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080232Stitch1280x657_zpsd82b6ec0.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080232Stitch1280x657_zpsd82b6ec0.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080254960x1280_zps20346337.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080254960x1280_zps20346337.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080262Stitch1280x445_zpsb3593d77.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080262Stitch1280x445_zpsb3593d77.jpg.html)

Continuing on down the trail.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080276960x1280_zps7fc93cb8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080276960x1280_zps7fc93cb8.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080297Stitch1280x273_zpscdc84183.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080297Stitch1280x273_zpscdc84183.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080311Stitch1280x216_zps84b2c1fe.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080311Stitch1280x216_zps84b2c1fe.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080321Stitch1280x257_zps3e603277.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080321Stitch1280x257_zps3e603277.jpg.html)

Another ruin site and well.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080343Stitch1280x765_zpsbf08aa24.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080343Stitch1280x765_zpsbf08aa24.jpg.html)

One of the main structures/ruins in the area the Dolores Mission and Cemetery.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080351860x1280_zps12d4aa2f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080351860x1280_zps12d4aa2f.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080352Stitch1280x424_zps5576f9ae.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080352Stitch1280x424_zps5576f9ae.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080361670x1280_zpsbdd36ab0.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080361670x1280_zpsbdd36ab0.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080363960x1280_zpsa97f0b2b.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080363960x1280_zpsa97f0b2b.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080364960x1280_zps868228ba.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080364960x1280_zps868228ba.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080366960x1280_zps4f4adb9b.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080366960x1280_zps4f4adb9b.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080371960x1280_zps64a6b838.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080371960x1280_zps64a6b838.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080374Stitch1280x602_zps041eb6a6.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080374Stitch1280x602_zps041eb6a6.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P10803841280x960_zpsab6201c4.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P10803841280x960_zpsab6201c4.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080392Stitch1280x611_zps05bf73bc.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080392Stitch1280x611_zps05bf73bc.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080406960x1280_zps44841bf7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080406960x1280_zps44841bf7.jpg.html)
One final photo of the mission and cemetery before starting the h
ike back.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080410Stitch1280x302_zps4b322d15.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P1080410Stitch1280x302_zps4b322d15.jpg.html)

Back at the trail head – time to head for home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/jumpingjax/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P10804221280x960_zps8acd5ff7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jumpingjax/media/Picketwire%20Canyon%201-10-15/P10804221280x960_zps8acd5ff7.jpg.html)

Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll add some additional photo’s to this thread as I plan to revisit the area and head back to the dinosaur tracks that are located just a couple miles past the mission. I would’ve made the visit on this trip but I’d been hiking through mud which wore me out and I didn’t bring enough water with me to continue on (not typical of me).

Withers Canyon has a few camping spots.

Lars
01-13-2015, 09:52 PM
Cool pictures. This is one of my favorite places.

subzali
01-13-2015, 11:11 PM
Those are some great pictures! Neat area

Inukshuk
01-13-2015, 11:54 PM
cool

Jacket
01-14-2015, 04:12 AM
Looks like a fun day. Thanks for sharing the pictures. That cemetery is cool.

pmccumber
01-14-2015, 09:10 AM
That's really cool. Post up when you go again if you want company.

4runner
01-14-2015, 01:08 PM
That's really cool. Post up when you go again if you want company.

I will. I might make a camping trip out of it.

I want to wait till it dries out some since I don't feel like wasting $30 at the carwash again getting the mud off.

Beachboy
01-19-2015, 04:12 PM
Did the Picketwire Canyon this last October when you can go by off-road (dirt roads) with a Forest Service tour. Great canyon, the dino tracks are really great.

4runner
02-15-2015, 03:46 PM
I made a return trip to Picketwire Canyon yesterday to make a visit to the dinosaur track site and Rourke Ranch. This time around I opted to take my mountain bike which would make the 17.4 mile (round trip) trek a lot easier and with no mud a lot quicker.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805831280x753_zps644ed80f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805831280x753_zps644ed80f.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805861280x960_zps3bb2a9fd.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805861280x960_zps3bb2a9fd.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805891280x955_zps750d292e.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805891280x955_zps750d292e.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805911280x956_zps199693d6.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10805911280x956_zps199693d6.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080597Stitch1280x361_zpsbf731e55.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080597Stitch1280x361_zpsbf731e55.jpg.html)

The best footprint I found
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806041280x960_zpse874c565.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806041280x960_zpse874c565.jpg.html)

A lot of the dinosaur tracks on the one side of the river had filled in with mud or with debris from flood activities but you could still get a pretty good idea of them. Couldn't really find a good spot to take a photo of the tracks.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080606Stitch1280x690_zps44729003.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080606Stitch1280x690_zps44729003.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080616Stitch1280x1071_zps4f956dd8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080616Stitch1280x1071_zps4f956dd8.jpg.html)

Old structure
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806271280x960_zpsc66ebc5e.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806271280x960_zpsc66ebc5e.jpg.html)

Rourke Ranch

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806281280x779_zpsce9ef6d8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806281280x779_zpsce9ef6d8.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080641Stitch1280x576_zps5b390880.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080641Stitch1280x576_zps5b390880.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080657Stitch1280x358_zpsc1491343.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080657Stitch1280x358_zpsc1491343.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806721280x945_zps6a40978d.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806721280x945_zps6a40978d.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806791280x960_zpsa9d6a8fe.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806791280x960_zpsa9d6a8fe.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806811280x960_zps909e66a6.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P10806811280x960_zps909e66a6.jpg.html)

Older vs newer structure.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/tbox/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080683Stitch1280x591_zps9acd5bbe.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tbox/media/Picketwire%202%202-15-15/P1080683Stitch1280x591_zps9acd5bbe.jpg.html)

Overall, it was good day to get away and I actually got a little sun burnt in February.

Side note: This was a spur of the moment trip. I had originally planned to head to New Mexico to check out some Indian ruins but due to some unexpected expenses this month I opted to stay closer to home.

Fishy
02-15-2015, 05:27 PM
Very cool. Looking forward to doing the FS guided 4wd tour this year.

4runner
02-15-2015, 08:27 PM
Very cool. Looking forward to doing the FS guided 4wd tour this year.

You'll have to tell us how that goes.

kurtnkegger
02-22-2015, 12:13 AM
Was the painted hinge pic above the original colors, or modified with your photo program? The color is far more appealing than the black and white image directly below...(IMHO)

4runner
02-22-2015, 07:38 AM
It was just a setting on my camera.