The Canyon Pintado National Historic District is located north of Grand Junction, Colorado on Highway 139. This travel route goes through a very remote section of this state and eventually continues all the way north to Dinosaur National Monument. Canyon Pintado lies in between and this destination is literally located along the highway, so it simply does not get much more convenient than this. The National Historic District covers 15 miles of highway and the points of interest are clearly marked along the way. This is one of the best little "drive thru" tours in the west and a lot can be learned at the ancient indigenous heritage sites.
Previously published articles provide an overview of Canyon Pintado and there are still several articles waiting to be written. Most of the roadside interpretive sites only require a short walk on a trail, but there are a few trails that will take a half day to cover. There are also back country trails, which is something for backpackers to keep in mind. This entire region was an important native cultural food resource and a lot of the ancient rock art reflects upon the local hunting and gathering grounds.
Lookout Point only requires a short uphill walk to get to and this high perch does provide nice views. Remnants of an ancient structure can be found up top and the views to the west will reveal where hunting and gathering took place long ago. All of the interpretive sites along the highway are culturally connected and each provides clues about the ancient past. Lookout Point is yet another piece of the puzzle, so be sure to check it out when doing the drive thru tour!
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