Southeastern Colorado Grasslands

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A National Historic Site, we had a ranger overview talk before our walk to the overlook of the massacre site.

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It is the last day of October – the massacre was the end of November – it surely wasn’t 87 degrees that day!

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We parked at Nee Noshee SWA for the late afternoon and evening, South of Eads, CO.

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This is the beautiful wildlife area – we saw a few ducks, raptors, and coots.

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Bent’s Old Fort NHS with a resident steer greeting us.

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Beautiful animal. I guess he gets to pull the wagon occasionally.

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This was a big fur trading area – mostly buffalo skins but here is a river boat made out of one as well as some beaver pelts.

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A nice piece of history that is recreated here on the Arkansas River.

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We headed South to Comanche National Grasslands for a few nights

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Panoramic views to enjoy on our ‘back patio”. We are surprised at all the canyons in the grasslands.

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Peaceful sunset with Moon and planets. The Milky Way was awesome!

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Picket Wire Canyonlands hike first had this dust bowl ruin.

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On old chapel ruin and cemetery of another settlement.

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But dinosaurs are why we have chosen this trail – this is a thigh bone a tad larger than mine!

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And footprints a tad larger than ours!

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This is a panorama of Theropod dinosaur tracks. Well worth a 12 mile RT hike.

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Largest Tracksite in North America

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We stopped for lunch at Carrizo canyon.

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And did a short hike to these amazing petroglyphs of elk.

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We camped at Vogel canyon and enjoyed sunset on Balance Rock.

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This was the view from the Travato!

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We hiked to some more petroglyphs. This is a calendar that marks the solstice.

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And some amazing drawings. We were disturbed by recent graffiti and had many discussions of why someone would deface these treasures.

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We enjoyed our picnic lunch by this arch as we were in no hurry to get back to camp.

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