Hiking and Backpacking Tours
Picture Canyon-Sand Canyon Backpacking Itineraries
Group sizes 2-6 people w/ 1-2 guides
Day Hike (Cost Per Adult $65 max 8 people. Ages 10-18 $35 Adult required.) Explore the canyon on foot as you visit petroglyph panels, unusual geologic formations, springs, and homesteads. The hike can be customized for the group or individual. Lunch, water, and guide included.
One Night Backpack Trip
($99/pp, Ages 12-18 ½ price, adult required)
Experience the canyon on an overnight trip with shorter and longer options, making this a great trip for first time backpackers and families. The hike can be customized for the group. Canyon Journeys may be able to provide some equipment, but not all. We will work with you to make sure the group has the equipment that they need. Interpretation at sites, guiding, and meal preparation is provided. All backpacking trips follow Leave No Trace techniques on the grasslands, and will not have campfires.
Shorter: afternoon-next morning, Distance: 4-6mi
Longer: morning to next morning or afternoon, Distance: 6-10miles
Two Night Backpack Trip IT’s
($150/pp 1-2 people, +$75/pp max 6 people. Ages12-18 ½ price, adult required)
Immerse yourself in the canyons of the Comanche National Grasslands in southern Baca County on this 2 night backpacking trip. We will wind through the canyons exploring the area and its diverse array of historical sites, geology, and beauty. With two nights there will be periods of free time as we reach our destinations for lunch and evening camp sites. The hike can be customized for the group. Canyon Journeys may be able to provide some of the equipment for the group, but not all. We will work with you to make sure the group has the equipment that they need. Interpretation, guiding, and meal preparation is provided. All backpacking trips follow Leave No Trace techniques on the grasslands, and will not have campfires.
Average Time: afternoon of day 1-morning of day 3
Picture Canyon has been a crossroads for travelers since people came to
what is now know as southeast Colorado. With readily available water and
mild winters, it provided fertile grounds and protection. The canyon is
in southwest Baca County and borders Oklahoma. It houses petroglyphs, pictographs,
a stunning equinox site and many clues for the debate over the pre-history
of America and pre-Columbian European visitors. The canyon also has picnic
tables, good walking paths, good opportunities for birding and wildlife
viewing, camping, and restroom facilities. Area history and WPA sites included
on the tours on the way to the canyon.
Time required for tour: from Pritchett
3hrs, from canyon site 1-1.5hrs, Everett Ranch 2.5hrs
Carrizo Canyon is a beautiful site that provides opportunity for viewing
petroglyphs, birding, hiking, and camping. The canyon is a good example
of early indian inhabitance with live water year round, and protection.
Restrooms are also available. Area history and WPA sites included on the
tour on the way to the canyon.
Time required for tour: from Pritchett 2.5-3hrs,
from canyon site or Everett Ranch 45min
For those who would like to see the Picture Canyon area scenery, history
and heritage but aren’t able to walk or would like a driving tour this
option is for you. The North or Holt Canyon area is adjacent to Picture
Canyon and along with a scenic drive allows visitors to experience homesteads,
historic buildings, unique sandstone structures, and a historic cemetery
from the turn of the century.
Time required for the tour: from Pritchett
3-4hrs, from the Everett Ranch 2-3hrs.
County Rd M winds down into and back out of Cottonwood canyon in Baca
County, SE Colorado. The drive is scenic ranging from flat prarie with
open range roads, to flat top mesas and canyon lands where deer, turkey
and desert big horn sheep like to graze in the field bottoms. Good for
birding and a snap shot of area history, the tour is mainly for wildlife
viewing and is best done in the evening or very early morning.
for tour: from Pritchett 2-2.5hrs, Everett Ranch 1hr
Guided to and around several Santa Fe Trail Sites in north eastern New
Mexico. Learn little known facts and see the actual ruts of the Santa Fe
Trail on private property. Can be customized to include museums, other
local rock formations, dinosaur tracks, and other local attractions or
simply kept to the Santa Fe Trail. Did you know there was up to 8 tracks
coming across north eastern New Mexico on the Cimarron Cut-off? Let us
show you all the things you might miss! Time required for tour: from Pritchett
4-5 hrs minimum, from Everett Ranch 4hrs minimum.
for tour:This is an all-day tour.
You can make it a two way or one-way to Clayton, NM.
Choice of tour, breakfast and one nights lodging in the Historic Estelene Guesthouse. Package price good for two people.
$150/couple, small group quotes available