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Address: 1420 E 3rd St, La Junta, CO 81050-2005
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A canyon in the Comanche National Grasslands with excellent petroglyphs.

A canyon in the Comanche National Grasslands with excellent petroglyphs.

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Great place for picnic/hiking

Every time out family gets together we have a picnic out at Vogel. This place is about 15-20 miles south of La Junta, CO on Highway 109. One needs to be on the lookout for snakes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2015
Shanna R
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Vogel Canyon is easy to access and has two great hiking trails that take you into the canyon. If you like geology, wildlife and beautiful scenery, this place is for you!

Thank Samantha E
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

Every time out family gets together we have a picnic out at Vogel. This place is about 15-20 miles south of La Junta, CO on Highway 109. One needs to be on the lookout for snakes in the summer but it's a nice hike with pretty good trails. Some places are rock so one has to keep an eye out... More 

Thank Shanna R
Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Nice hike ! Go see how Indians lived. Look for the Petroglyphs ! Fairly easy hike.. Not difficult at all, and not a long hike.. BRING WATER. Can be hot and dry. Pretty area and very, very quiet. Great place to "find yourself." Peaceful. Good place to escape from the silly, stressful Rat Race.

Thank Blake S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

This is a short hike to the petroglyphs. We were there on a hot day in May and it was pretty warm for the young children. Parts of the trail were covered by tumbleweeds but we were able to find our way fairly easily. Definitely take water with you.

Thank Teresa M
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

I took a friend from Europe here to visit. We marveled at the quietness that it's hard to find anywhere but far away from civilization, out on the open prairie. My friend lingered for a long time just looking out over the grasslands. The petroglyphs are really cool to see. This is a relatively accessible part of the Comanche National... More 

Thank AdventurousByNature
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

We found this place a little confusing. We thought we were on one trail, but we hiked to a sign that said the names of two other trails and had distances farther than we expected to have to go according to how we read the markers at the trailhead. We were not prepared for a longer hike, so we decided... More 

Thank drwatson32
Lyons, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is a very easy hike that takes you back in time. People lived in this canyon 7,500 years ago. There are Petroglyphs and sadly stupid people have been destroying them. We were surprised to find water holes and to discover that there were folks living there during the Dustbowl.

3 Thank ByronFears
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013 via mobile

Vogel Canon affords a glimpse into the distant past. There's basic restroom facilities and a picnic table at the parking area. The trails wind from the prairie into the mouth of the canon. Along the way you can see the ruins of an old stagecoach station and old homesteads. The most prominent pictographs are marred by ignorance in the form... More 

1 Thank Troyjs
Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

Even though the petroglyphs have been graffitied, you can still see most of them. We found it fascinating to imagine people trying to live in the canyon area. We came across what looked like 3 different homesteads where they used the shale rock for structures. I wish they would've posted more signs with more historical information. The hike is pretty... More 

2 Thank Carrie A
Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Excellent picnic facilities, clean grounds, lovely trails in different terrain and different lengths. Close to La Junta. Ruins are well marked.

1 Thank LM4u

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