Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Timpas Nature Trail, Comanche National Grassland

















Timpas Nature Trail
Comanche National Grassland
Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Date Hiked:  April 25, 2009

Distance: .5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 100ft
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Fee: None

Timpas Picnic Area Website (USFS)

Directions:  This trail is located along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.  From La Junta, take Hwy 350 for 13 miles Southwest and turn right into the parking area.

This short trail follows part of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.  Interpretive signs educate you about the desert plains as you walk down to Timpas Creek and back to the parking area.  The wide open feel of the plains is evident as it is serene and peaceful.  If you want to do a longer hike, you can hike along the Santa Fe Trail for 3 miles to the Sierra Vista Overlook.










Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sierra Vista Interpretive Site, Comanche National Grassland

















Sierra Vista Overlook
Sierra Vista Interpretive Site, Comanche National Grassland
Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Date Hiked:  April 25, 2009

Distance: <1/2 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 100ft
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Fee: None

Sierra Vista Interpretive Site Webpage (USFS)

Directions:  From La Junta head Southwest on Hwy 350 for 13 miles.  Make a right (north) on Hwy 71 for .5 mi and enter the parking area and trailhead.

The Sierra Vista Overlook is part of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and gives you a quick taste of the great plains.  While it is possible to hike 3 mi along the Santa Fe Trail from here to the Timpas Picnic Area, the short interpretive trail gives you a nice view of the never ending plains, scrub, and brush.  Walk up along the side of the hill to a covered viewpoint, descend and loop around back to the parking area.








Thursday, April 23, 2009

Carpios Cove Trail, Trinidad Lake State Park

Carpios Cove Trail
Trinidad Lake State Park

Date Hiked: April 23, 2009


Directions:  From Trinidad, head west for 3 miles on Hwy 12 to the park entrance.  Turn left to the Carpios Ridge Area towards the Campground.  Look for the trailhead on the right.

Trinidad Lake State Park, just north of the New Mexico Border is designed around Trinidad Lake, where the Purgatorie River valley flows down from the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and meets the eastern plains.  The park contains many miles of trails as well as historical resources such as the Sante Fe National Historic Trail. 
  
The Carpios Cove Trail is a short, relatively easy trail that leads from the ridge down to the shore of Trinidad Lake.  The trail weaves in and out of pinon and juniper forests and provides stunning views of Fishers Peak rising to the east of Trinidad on the Raton Mesa.  When the trail leads you back up Carpios Ridge, you can continue along the paved Park View Trail to various overlooks and some Sante Fe Trail Historic Sites.