Rourke Ranch National Historic Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rourke Ranch, also known as the Wineglass Ranch, was a cattle and horse ranch founded by Eugene Rourke in 1871. Three generations of the Rourke family lived and worked on the ranch ensuring its survival over a span of a hundred years. When the ranch was sold in 1971, it was known as one of the oldest and most successful enterprises in southeast Colorado, expanding from Eugene's original settlement of 40 acres to well over 52,000 acres. Rourke Ranch is now a National Historic District.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Daylight use only; overnight camping is not allowed in the Picket Wire Canyonlands.  
Reservations: Guided auto tours are available every Saturday during May, June, September, and October. or 877-444-6777.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: No shooting. No unauthorized motor vehicles.
Closest Towns: La Junta, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information


From La Junta, Colorado drive south on Highway 109 for 13 miles; turn right (west) on County Road 802 (David Canyon Road) and continue for 8 miles. Turn left (south) on County Road 25 and travel for 6 miles. Turn left at Picket Wire Corrals onto Forest Service Road 500A. Travel along Forest Service Road 500A for 3 miles, following the signs to Withers Canyon Trailhead. Park at Withers Canyon Trailhead parking loop. Hike 8.8 miles along Picket Wire Canyon Trail to the historic ranch.

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4480 feet