Canyon Pintado

Canyon Pintado, Rangely: Hours, Address, Canyon Pintado Reviews: 4.5/5

Canyon Pintado
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RockyMountainDiva
Breckenridge, CO369 contributions
Lots of petroglyphs and excellent pictographs
Aug 2020
We went down the road to most of the sites. At one we ran into a maintenance person who told us of some of the best sites, and also about a drive to some other sites. Most of the sites don't require much walking but there are a few where you can do a short hike.
Written 24 August 2020
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1 109 contributions
Rock Art
Sep 2019
We went out of our way to drive this part of Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway just to see this rock art. As others have stated there were signs telling about each site, but we did not understand until halfway through the area that each stop gives the name and adds "Recreation Site". We stopped at one but didn't see anything and apparently that was one that you have to hike to. By this time it was too late to turn around and do it again so we drove on. However we definitely enjoyed Kokopelli and.waving hands.
We were told by another visitor that there is a map somewhere showing the different stops. Sure wish we had had one of those.
Written 18 October 2019
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AScottDancer
Denver, Colorado47 contributions
Fascinating, good signage, close to road
Aug 2019 • Couples
We drive from Grand Junction to view the ancient rock art. It took about 1.5 hours taking our time, not counting time to get out and view. The signs are very good and the downloadable pdf of the “Canyon Pintado Map” has excellent descriptions.

We saw, Waving Hands, state bridge, White birds, Canyon Pintado (Kokopelli), and East Fourmile (which was my favorite). It’s a slightly longer hike, but very doable. Loved the hanging hearths!

Take plenty of water, hats and boots since there are lots of snakes and bugs around (we didn’t see any). BLM has laid out the signs very well, with toilets at some sites.
Written 25 August 2019
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TheGambianRPCV
Reynoldsburg, OH654 contributions
Waving Hands and many other sites! Self-guided and great!
Jul 2019
We stopped at several stops in this area. The signs were very educational and up to date.

Our favorite stop was Waving Hands.
Written 11 August 2019
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Mike S
Denver, CO30 contributions
Fantastic stops along the road to see the Rock Art
Oct 2018 • Solo
I was making the drive from Dinosaur to Grand Junction and the host in the Colorado Visitor's Center (in Dinosaur) suggested I stop and check out the rock art of the Fremont Indians as I would be traveling thru Canyon Pintado. There is very little traffic in this quiet part of NW Colorado, which enhances the experience. I missed the first one or two sites because I didn't know what exactly I was looking for, but then I figured it out. The sites are very easy to access right from the road. After leaving the canyon, the scenic drive south over Douglas Pass and down into Fruita is beautiful.
Written 12 November 2018
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costaricagregg
Glenwood Springs, CO293 contributions
Fremont and Ute Rock Art
Nov 2018 • Couples
There are 2 main roads to see the rock art around Rangely. Most folks stick to the Route 139 which is paved, but the Dragon Trail road is passable for all cars. The rock art is pretty dramatic so you should see it quickly. It amazes me that vandals have desecrated a few pieces, but you can visit while it is still a marvel.
Written 12 November 2018
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canbelto
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States2 096 contributions
New and improved signage
Jun 2018 • Couples
This canyon is notable for the large number of nearby sites of the enigmatic Fremont culture that inhabited the area in pre-Columbian days, many of which are easy walks/hikes from roadside turnouts. We've been to these several times and enjoyed them, but sometimes had difficulties figuring out just where some of them were. I'm glad to report that this has been improved. The main sites now have large signs along the road that leave no doubt as to where to park, which rather ad-hoc trail to take, and so on. The result is a series of enjoyable short stops along what would otherwise be a rather monotonous (by Colorado mountain standards!) stretch of road. One caution: there are absolutely no, zip, zilch gas stations or similar amenities nearby, and little water. Don't make this drive with a gas tank near empty (and a bladder near full isn't such a great idea, either, although two or three of the turnouts do have vault toilets). Otherwise, it's a fine thing to see, and I recommend it.
Written 7 June 2018
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Shaeraven
Craig, CO10 contributions
Petrogylphs and Pictographs
Dec 2017 • Couples
The Canyon Pintado Historic District is just south out of Rangely and contains a number of interpreted sites just right along the highway. The Guardian was my favorite, but the East Fourmile site has a little walk with a few sites along the path.
Written 18 December 2017
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Richard R
Grand Junction, CO247 contributions
Area History
Dec 2017 • Family
We went on a short hike up the canyon and say several Indian rock art areas. It was an easy hike and informative with plackards detailing the fine points of what we were seeing.
Written 3 December 2017
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Greg T
Tsaile, AZ72 contributions
Ancient rock art in NW Colorado
Aug 2017 • Friends
I didn't spend a lot of time looking at the rock art only because we were in a hurry to be in Wyoming for the solar eclipse. However, they have a nice interpretive area within the only rest stop between I-70 and Rangely, CO, so besides stopping to stretch your legs and use the facilities, spend some time reading the educational signs there. The other review details quite well the journey to get there. The road over Douglas Pass has numerous switchbacks and steep grades, and there is a lot of heavy truck traffic from the oil fields and logging, so stay on your toes! There are several nice pullover stops to enjoy the view and take some photographs. My only addition would be just north of the rest stop is Highway 116 which heads west up Cow Canyon which also has a number of sites. If you like early native history in North America, these are some fine examples, although not well known. Please respect these examples of history.
Written 14 September 2017
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