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“History of the untamed West.”
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Vogel Canyon
Ranked #5 of 12 things to do in La Junta
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Owner description: A canyon in the Comanche National Grasslands with excellent petroglyphs.
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 of graffiti and bullet strikes to sandstone canon walls. Fear not, for those willing to explore, there are a number of pictographs in the canon the ignorant have not damaged. The area appears as it did hundreds of years ago, for the most part unspoiled by progress. Make your trip in the fall or early spring to limit exposure to the heat, bugs and snakes.

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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 easy and the terrain is beautiful. Beware of cactus, of course, and we did see a snake. But all that is to be expected. We also saw lots of lizards, antelope, quail, and other birds. There are restrooms and picnic tables but be sure to bring your own toilet paper, just in case. Also bring lots and lots of water.

2  Thank Carrie A
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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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Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is a good area for hiking and biking. The canyon given access to Picketwire Canyon dinosaur tracks, but it is a long hike, so take plenty of water. Mid summer hiking is discouraged as temperatures may reach 100+ and there are no facilities.

1  Thank Galen H
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Hiked a 2&1/2 ml. trail specifically to view the petroglyphs. What an awful disgrace! The true ART was marked over with so much graffiti, hardly anything could be deciphered. The worst was that there were so many bullet holes in the face of the panel. Such a shame.

Thank ninjan
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