Picketwire Canyon

photo by Steve Olson
Picketwire Canyon, Las Animas Co.
The photo was taken west of the Purgaroire River.  Parts of the canyon are on the Comanche national Grasslands, parts on private property including the JE Canyon Ranch (~50,000 acres recently acquired by the Nature Conservancy, and part on the Pinyon Canyon Maneuver site.  The canyon is a little geological syncline where the red Permian age rocks come up through the overlaying gray and Yellowish Dakota sandstone. – Steve Olson