Colorado Attractions March 09, 2022
We Bet You Didn’t Know That Colorado Is Home To One Of The Longest Dinosaur Track Sites In The World
You had a fascination with dinosaurs when you were a kid and have seen all of the Jurassic Park movies but may think that dinos lived not only long ago but also far away. If you are a Colorado native, however, you know this is not the case, as our state is home to several exciting dinosaur sites, including that of the longest dinosaur track site in the WORLD:
Welcome to the one-of-a-kind Picketwire Canyon!
Also known as the Purgatory River Track Site, the area contains a whopping 100 trackways and another 1,500 individual footprints, making it the longest recorded site in the world.
Unlike other track sites with hard-to-decipher footprints, the tracks at Picketwire Canyon are easy to make out, making for a truly unique experience.
In addition to the dinosaur tracks, Picketwire Canyon is also home to fossils, as well as artifacts and pictographs from the early Native Americans and settlers.
Please note: The hike to the track site can be grueling, so bring lots of water and plan for extreme heat during the summer months.
To learn more about this epic dinosaur track site, please visit the U.S. Forest Service's
Picketwire Canyon is located near La Junta and can be accessed by taking CO Hwy 109 south for 13 miles, turning right (west) on Forest Service Road 2200 for 8 miles, left (south) on County Road 25 for 6 miles, then another left (east) onto FSR 2185 for 3.2 miles.
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here! For even more prehistoric fun around the Centennial State, check out These 10 Incredible Sites In Colorado Transport You Back To The Days Of The Dinosaurs. Address: Picket Wire Canyonlands, 1420 E 3rd St, La Junta, CO 81050, USA