Vogel Canyon

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Vogel Canyon

This scenic out-of-the-way spot features picnic sites, interpretive signs and rock art. For birds, the main attraction of this medium sized canyon are the two permanent springs at the bottom of the canyon about a mile from the parking area. The riparian habitat here could attract migrants in season. Almost every regular southeast dryland species occurs here, including Eastern Phoebe by the water, nesting Great Horned Owl, and Common Poorwill. The habitat here includes, in addition to the springs, pinyon-juniper, rimrock and cliffs and extensive cholla grasslands with pronghorn, jackrabbits, coyotes and box turtles. Four hiking trails provide access to all the habitats.

County: Otero

Attractions: Pictographs

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Rimrock, Cliff Face, Cholla, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest

Directions: From La Junta, head south on CO 109 to GR 802 (David Canyon Road) and turn right (southwest). About a mile and a half from CO 109, turn left (south) onto GR 31. The parking lot is a mile south at the end of the road.

Delorme: 100 A3
Roads of Colorado: 140 B2

Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Tent camping in the parking lot only

Other Wildlife: herpetiles

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Easy walking trail

Elevation: 4250

Latitude: 37.77007
Longitude: -103.512883

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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