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Description: Like most of the southeast's remote canyons, Picture Canyon has abundant pinyon-juniper woodland and rimrock/cliff habitat. In addition to those, there are some excellent permanent springs, with some associated riparian growth, and some high-quality yucca grassland. A nice system of trails allows access to all these habitats, and a wide array of great scenery. Look for Rufous-crowned and Cassin's Sparrows, Eastern Phoebe, and Long-billed Curlew (on the drive in); the rimrock harbors rattlesnakes, and some of the semi-permanent pools along the intermittent streams are home to the striking black-and-yellow tiger salamander.
Habitat: Cliff Face, Cholla, Yucca, Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Directions: Go south on US 287/385 to CR M (18 miles south of Springfield) and go west on CR M. Go eight miles to GR 18 and turn left (south). About eight miles south of CR M, where the road begins to curve left, turn right onto the entrance road to Picture Canyon (signed).
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours of Operation:
Delorme: 101 D6-D7
Roads of Colorado: 158 A3-A4
Lodging: Tent camping in the parking area only
Parking: Gravel parking area
Restrictions or Hazards: Beware of rattlesnakes
Handicap Access: Easy walking trail
Other Wildlife: herps
Attractions: Some spectacular pictographs and great scenery