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Baca County Colorado Hiking Trails

Withers Canyon Trail

Comanche National Grasslands

The only public access into Picket Wire Canyonlands, Withers Canyon Trail is open to hiking, bicycles and horseback riding.

From the Withers Canyon Trailhead parking loop, Withers Canyon Trail travels east-northeast to a brown pipe gate, after which the trail descends 250' in elevation into Withers Canyon. The trail then follows a dirt two-track road (east) into Picket Wire Canyon. After reaching Picket Wire Canyon, the trail turns south/southwest and travels up canyon.

Mileage (approximate, one way):

Withers Canyon Trailhead to River: 1.0 mile
Withers Canyon Trailhead to Cemetery: 3.7 miles
Withers Canyon Trailhead to Tracksite: 5.3 miles
Withers Canyon Trailhead to Rourke Ranch: 8.7 miles

To reach Withers Canyon Trailhead from La Junta Colorado, travel 13 miles couth along Highway 109 and turn right (west) onto David Canyon Road (CR 802) and travel 8 miles to CR 25. Turn south (left) onto CR 25 and continue 6 miles and turn left at Picket Wire Corrals onto FR 500A. Travel along FR 500A for 3 miles, following the signs to Withers Canyon Trailhead.

From Springfield Colorado travel 48 miles west along Highway 160 and turn north (right) onto Highway 109. Travel 43 mils along Highway 109 and turn left (west) onto CR 802 (David Canyon Road) and continue for 8 miles. Turn left (south) on CR 25 and continue for 6 miles. Turn left at Picket Wire Corrals onto FR 500A and continue for 3 miles, following signs to Withers Canyon Trailhead.

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