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Prairie Trail

Beginning Elevation: 4,375 Feet (1363.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 50 Feet (15.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 4,375 Feet (1363.8 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, Round Trip: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Late Fall
Usage: Heavy in Spring and Fall
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This tread leads southwest from the Barlow & Sanderson Stage Road then curves toward the east and heads into Vogel Canyon. It intersects first with the Mesa Trail then the Canyon Trail. It then turns north toward the picnic area.

Directions from La Junta: Drive south on Highway 109 for 13 miles to County Road 802. Turn right (west) on to 802 and travel one mile to a sign for Vogel Canyon. Turn left (south) and drive two miles to the picnic area.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Tom Schwab (Colorado Springs, CO)
Time of Day: Morning
Length of Time: One hour
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I parked at the turnout describing the stage road - on the way to the picnic area - and hiked west. The point at which the Plains Trail branches off the old stage road needs to be marked by a cairn or signpost. Four-wheeled vehicles have obscured the trail with their tracks. For now, anyone hiking the trail as I did should look to their left, after about a mile, for a metal stile crossing a fence. This marks the point where the Mesa Trail joins the Plains Trail.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Geology Prairie Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Prairie Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Prairie Trail
ICON Bird Identification Prairie Trail
ICON Picnicking Vogel Canyon Picnic Area
ICON Viewing Scenery Prairie Trail

Related Activities
Canyon Trail - This trail leads 1.75 miles through Vogel Canyon and connects with the Prairie and Mesa Trails.

Mesa Trail - This trail leads 2.25 miles west connecting the Canyon Trail to the Prairie Trail at Vogel Canyon Picnic Area.

Overlook Trail - This trail leads one mile roundtrip to an overlook of Vogel Canyon and is wheelchair accessible.

Vogel Canyon Picnic Area - Vogel Canyon Picnic Area provides an opportunity for families and individuals to spend a day hiking, picnicking, viewing scenery and inspecting archaeological sites.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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