What a gem this place is. I really feel like I discovered this place for backpacking. With a 2 hour drive from Colorado Springs you will find this place all to yourself. I have backpacked this area 3 times and only every r saw 2 hunters. You start at an old ranch and drop down into the canyon floor on a very faint trail cut into the side of the cliff. . Once you get to the bottom its just crisscrossing cattle trail and intermittent flowing stream.
The campsite in the photo I have so named Raptor Cove! It’s this beautiful cove off the side of the canyon with a nice flat spot to pitch your shelter. It’s surrounded by birds of prey and its wonderful to relax and observe their activity around you.