Timpas Picnic Area

PSICC, Near Rocky Ford, Colorado

Timpas Picnic Area does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


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.