Timpas Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Timpas Creek was the first source of water for Santa Fe National Historic Trail travelers after leaving the Arkansas River heading southwest. Between 1869 and 1871 the Metcalf Ranch, previously located at this site, served as a stage coach station. A 1/2-mile loop nature trail will take you to Timpas Creek and back. Stone markers indicate where the Santa Fe National Historic Trail passes through the area. Hikers and horseback riders can follow a 3-mile section of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail to Sierra Vista Overlook. Start your hike at the nature trail and walk northwest to the stone trail post or, if you are on horseback, start your ride at the stock tank, following the fence northwest to the gate. From there turn northwest and go through the gate following the stone trail posts to Sierra Vista.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All day
Rentals & Guides: None
Fees None
Permit Info: Commercial tours required to have a special use permit. Fees vary. Contact the Forest Service office in La Junta phone 719-384-2181, for futher information.
Open Season: January
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Park in designated areas only. No shooting. Use existing fire grates.
Closest Towns: La Junta, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From La Junta, Colorado drive southwest along Highway 350 for 16 miles. Turn right (northwest) at County Road 16.5, crossing the railroad tracks and then turn right (northeast) to the parking lot.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information