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The courtyard of Bent's Fort is the site for many activities at the National Historic Site
Copyright: Amy Pyle-Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
The courtyard of Bent's Fort is the site for many activities at the National Historic Site
Description - This area provides access to some remote backcountry that promises interesting geological, historical and cultural sites. Reminders of ancient life that existed in the area, both reptilian and Homo sapiens, pervade the grassland. Solitude is guaranteed in most areas of Comanche National Grassland.

Recreation - Several areas of the grassland are open for various recreational uses. Hiking, mountain biking, educational activities, viewing historical sites, scenic driving, horseback riding and picnicking are among the recreation opportunities to be enjoyed in the region.

Climate - The climate here is semi arid. The weather is extreme. Fall and Spring are the best times to visit the region, because of mild temperatures. Summer is hot with temperatures reaching above 100 degrees on most days. The semi arid climate prevents large shade trees from growing, so expect to be exposed to the sun during your entire trip. Winter usually means snow and cold temperatures, because of the high elevations (4,300 feet). Be prepared for the extreme climate in the region with layers of clothing, plenty of water and sun protection.

Location - The grasslands are located in the southeastern corner of Colorado. The grasslands are split into two separate areas. The northern area is located approximately 8 miles south of La Junta. Most of the area is west of State Highway 109 and east of State Highway 10. The Purgatory River flows through the Picket Wire Canyonlands of this region.

The southern area of Comanche National Grasslands lies south of Springfield very close to the Oklahoma border. This area can be accessed from U.S. Highways 160 and 287/385.


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Filed By: Laura (Elbert, Co)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We were very surprised to find the terrain here. I always thought Southeastern Colorado was flat, dry, and unwelcoming. Our trip was last minute and the help we received when calling for information was soo helpful. We were arriving after dark and got great directions in and were able to set up camp quickly and easily. The corrals were very helpful!! There is a pretty steep hill going into Picketwire Canyon but was fine if you take it slow and easy. Once in, we didn't get too far because we kept stopping to look at everything. It was beautiful!!! I cannot wait to go back to do more exploring. It was a nice surprise to find it so clean and respected by previous visitors. I hope it stays this way. When we went into Vogel Canyon it was heartbreaking to see that someone had carved over the Indian drawings. I almost hate to report for fear of more people going here and tearing things up. Please, Please be respectful of the land when visiting. There aren't many places left like this for us all to see. LEAVE NO TRACE


More Information

Contact Information:
Comanche National Grassland - Carrizo Unit, P.O. Box 127, 27204 Highway 287 , Springfield, CO, 81073, Phone: 719-523-6591, Fax: 719-523-4861

Comanche National Grassland - Timpas Unit, 1420 East 3rd Street , La Junta, CO, 81050, Phone: 719-384-2181, Fax: 719-384-7687

Additional Information:
Colorado National Forests and Parks - Colorado is well known for its National Forests and Parks which include 14,000-foot mountains, world-class ski resorts, semiarid deserts, ancient Indian ruins and wide open plains.
Pike and San Isabel National Forests - The Pike San Isabel National Forest is an administrative compact between the two forests southeast of the Continental Divide in Colorado.
Pueblo Area - Pueblo lies 100 miles south of Denver along the Arkansas River.

Links:
Current Fire Conditions - The current fire conditions in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests.
Pike, San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron, Comanche National Grasslands - The official agency website.

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