Prehistoric Footsteps

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prehistoric-foot-stepsIn the southeastern corner of Colorado there is a place where you can walk in the footsteps of one of the largest land animals to ever roam the Earth. In this dried-up creek bed are the fossilized footprints of the Brontosaurus and Allosaurus dinosaurs. These remarkable tracks are found in the Comanche National Grasslands within the Picketwire Canyon.

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A toy Brontosaurus is placed next to its prehistoric predator’s footprint, the Allosaurus.

Access to the site is allowed only via the Picketwire Trail and can be done on foot, non-motorized bike or horseback. The trail is a rather grueling 10.5 miles with very little shade from the sun. Another option for those who have 4×4 vehicles is to join a guided auto tour of the site.

My wife and I joined another couple and did the 4×4 tour. We borrowed a friend’s lifted Jeep Wrangler and it was a long, slow, bumpy ride in. It was our first time off-roading in such a vehicle and my wife found the experience a little nauseating. I found the whole experience to be very foreign and therefore perfect for the experience of “traveling back in time” to walk in these prehistoric footprints.

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