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Colorado National Monument - Easy Hikes

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Alcove Nature Trail
Located on the other side of the road from the Colorado National Monument Visitor Center, this trail is near the canyon rim, so there are limited views of the scenic landscape. This trail is a hike with numbered markers that follow entries in a park guide. The guide describes plants and animals along with geological history. This trail is perfect for educating and entertaining youngsters.
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Canyon Rim Trail To Window Rock
Level trail following the cliff edge above colorful Wedding Canyon. Outstanding views make this a favorite for landscape and wildlife photographers.
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CCC Trail To Black Ridge
The CCC trail is located on the Colorado National Monument across Rim Rock Drive from the Monument Canyon trailhead. The trail stretches from Rim Rock Drive, for about 3/4 of a mile, to the Black Ridge trail.
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Coke Ovens Trail
Trail descends gradually and parallels the hillside to the overlook. Look upon the massive rounded Coke Ovens, an illustration of the effects of time and weather on the Wingate Sandstone.
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Dinosaur Hill Trail
On this trail, you can learn how this dinosaur was recovered and view the quarry site and bone reproductions during your visit. Most of this one-mile trail has been designed to include opportunities for hikers with visual impairments through tactile signs and a guide system.
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Flume Canyon Trail
From the Pollock Bench Trailhead, follow the F1 signage left from the parking area. Stay on the trail and simply enjoy. Hikers will find some trail braiding, but it all reconnects. The signage is very good. The trail winds around and up and down gently through Flume Canyon.
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Kodel's Canyon K10
The K10 trail is located in the Kodel's Canyon Area of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area near Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado. The trailhead is located behind the restrooms. 0.75 Miles.
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Otto's Trail
Otto's Trail is located in the Colorado National Monument about 1 mile from the Visitor Center. This trail was named after John Otto the first park ranger of the Colorado National Monument. The trail offers views of both Wedding and Monument Canyons. The trail is well suited for small children with only a little bit of elevation change.

One mile east of Colorado National Monument Visitor Center. From the Visitor Center, turn left onto Rim Rock Drive and proceed one mile to the trailhead on the left.
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Rim Rock Drive
One of the grandest scenic drives in the American West, the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive offers redrock canyons, crisp blue skies, and glorious views along the way for motorists and bicyclists. The road is inseparable from the identity of the Monument. The drive provides access to Saddlehorn Visitor Center and campground, 19 signed viewpoints, and 14 hiking trails — from ½ to 14 miles round trip.
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Ute Canyon Overlook
Ute Canyon is a 0.2-mile loop trail near Grand Junction that receives moderate foot traffic. This trail features wonerful wildflowers, and it is suitable for people of all skill levels. The trail is mostly used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Colorado National Monument - Moderate Hikes

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Black Ridge Trail
The Black Ridge trail is located on the Colorado National Monument just west of Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail stretches from the Visitor Center, south, to a point just beyond Black Ridge which is the high hill that you see that is covered with communication towers. This trail, like several others on the monument, has two trailheads. One trailhead is across Rimrock Drive from the Visitor Center. The trailhead on the opposite end, which is 5.6 miles away is across the same road from the Upper Liberty Cap trailhead.
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Corkscrew Trail Loop
The Corkscrew trail is located on the east side of the Colorado National Monument. The trail gets its name from the series of switchbacks that make up the southern most portion of the trail that take the hiker from the valley floor to the Precambrian bench area over 700 feet higher. The Corkscrew trail provides a true mountaineering experience, within only a mile of city limits, as it scales the steep granite cliffs. 1.5 Miles.
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Devil's Canyon Trail Loop
Start at the main parking lot and head up the wide gravel road up D1 - Devils Canyon. Stay left at the first fork, straight at the K8 junction and left at the next junction. Right after you cross a small wooden bridge, take a right and drop down into the wash. The trail will weave from left to right across slick rock and sandy trail.

You might miss it, but the D4 - Devils Canyon trail climbs out of the canyon on the right as you head north into the canyon, stay in the wash. Before you have to ascend the metamorphic basement rock there are two options, you can head left and have a shorter outbound segment, or go right (highly recommended and mapped) so you get the climbing over sooner, and once you reach the cabin your return trip will be shorter and faster.

So, stay in the wash past the first junction on the left and then climb up the steep but short hill to reach the plateau. The next section is a wonderful stretch of rolling terrain below steep cliffs as you make your way back into the canyon towards the cabin. The cabin is pretty obvious and can be fun to check out (be careful since it is old and unmaintained), and when you are ready to finish the loop find the trail that heads downhill, to the west on the right side of the cabin.

A couple of steep wash descents/ascents await and some of the best tower scenery comes on the return trip. When you are back in the wash, continue all the way back to the parking lot.
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Devil's Kitchen Trail
Gradual ascent to a natural opening formed by a circle by huge upright boulders. At the first fork, go right. At the second fork, go left. Follow the trail across the wash. As you proceed up the canyon, you will see the large rock grotto that is Devils Kitchen. Keep on the established trail and follow the carved steps up the slickrock. As you approach the base of the rock formation, go left around it and hike into the rock opening. 0.75 Miles.
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Liberty Cap To Ottos Tub
Otto's Bathtub is located on Monument Mesa, in the Colorado National Monument, in a cliff of Entrada sandstone that caps the east rim of Monument Canyon. 4.25 Miles
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Liberty Cap Trail
The Upper Liberty Cap trail is located in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail begins off of Rimrock Drive where it travels across Monument Mesa for 5 miles on an abandoned jeep road and meets up with the Lower Liberty Cap trail at the iconic Liberty Cap geological formation on the eastern edge of the mesa overlooking the valley below.
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Monument Canyon Trail
The trail starts at the fence for the east entrance to Monument Canyon. Begin to climb and follow the trail as it climbs steadily for around a mile with variations of rock, technical spots and packed trail. 3.45 Miles
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Serpent's Trail
Called "the crookedest road in the world," this historic trail has 16 switchbacks. The trail climbs steadily from east to west through Wingate Sandstone. Built in the early 1900s, this route was part of the main road until 1950.
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Ute Canyon Trail
Rigorous descent into narrow Ute Canyon from the plateau follows a primitive trail. Route then follows the streambed with seasonal stream and pools bordered by cottonwoods and willows. A few arches may be seen. Unmaintained.

Colorado National Monument - Difficult Hikes

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No Thoroughfare Canyon
No Thoroughfare Canyon starts with a descent from the plateau on a maintained trail before transitioning to an unmaintained route through the remote canyon. The canyon walls rise over 400 feet above you as you hike in awe. Because of how isolated and primitive this route is, most visitors do not venture the entire route.
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From the east entrance of the Monument, drive 0.2 miles to the trailhead. There is limited parking available on the left. For additional parking, turn right into the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. The trailhead is shared with three other trails: Old Gordon Trail, Serpents Trail and Devils Kitchen Trail.
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Old Gordon Trail
The Old Gordon trail is located near the east entrance to the Colorado National Monument. The Old Gordon trail was originally a toll road used to move stock and timber. The road was built by John Gordon in the 1880s. John Gordon also operated a ferry that crossed the Colorado River. The ferry and toll road fell out of use with the completion of the Broadway Bridge and the Serpents Trail. The only other main route that led up to Glade Park and the Pinyon Mesa was via the Fruita Dugway. Some sections of the trail still show signs of use from the wagons that once plied its course.
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Easy Hikes

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Alcove Nature Trail
Located on the other side of the road from the Colorado National Monument Visitor Center, this trail is near the canyon rim, so there are limited views of the scenic landscape. This trail is a hike with numbered markers that follow entries in a park guide. The guide describes plants and animals along with geological history. This trail is perfect for educating and entertaining youngsters.
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Audubon Trail & Connected Lakes
The Audubon trail is along the Colorado River. The trail is paved. This trail is ideal for beginners or families.
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Canyon Rim Trail To Window Rock
Level trail following the cliff edge above colorful Wedding Canyon. Outstanding views make this a favorite for landscape and wildlife photographers.
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Discovery Trail
The Discovery Trail is a short interpretive hike located on the Grand Mesa behind the Grand Mesa Visitor Center. The trail loops through spruce and aspen trees. There are 15 places to rest at that explain the dynamic evolution of the forest ecosystem. The trail is easy for toddlers to walk. Wheelchairs can manage the trail somewhat easily, although the trail is not paved.
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Echo Canyon
The Echo Canyon trail is a 2.4-mile route near Grand Junction that offers scenic views and receives light foot traffic. Echo Canyon is good for people of all abilities, and it is used primarily for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.
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Mica Mine
The Mica Mine trail leads to a historic mica and quartz mine. The Bangs Canyon Trailhead provides access to different trails and recreation opportunities. This is a family friendly stroll through sagebrush and trees to a historic mine.
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Monument View
The Monument View section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail along the Colorado River is a paved route with more than 8 miles. Bike or hike along the river from Grand Junction to Fruita.
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Otto's Trail
Otto's Trail is located in the Colorado National Monument about 1 mile from the Visitor Center. This trail was named after John Otto the first park ranger of the Colorado National Monument. The trail offers views of both Wedding and Monument Canyons. The trail is well suited for small children with only a little bit of elevation change.

One mile east of Colorado National Monument Visitor Center. From the Visitor Center, turn left onto Rim Rock Drive and proceed one mile to the trailhead on the left.
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Riverfront Trail
The Blue Heron Section of the Colorado River Trail follows the Colorado River and continues on the Colorado River Trail. There is a handicap accessible fishing pier across from the Junior Service League Park off River Road.
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Tabeguache, Raven Ridge, Curt's Lane
Tabeguache, Raven Ridge, Curt's Lane is a 2.7 mile loop trail with moderate foot traffic near Grand Junction. This trail features pretty wildflowers and is suitable for people of all skill levels. The route is used mostly for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking, and it can be accessed on a year-round basis. While dogs can use this trail, they must be kept on a leash.
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Trail Through Time
Kid-friendly loop with dino fossils and wildflowers. From Grand Junction, head west on Hwy 70 and take exit 2. Take a right over the Interstate and go straight into the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
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Ute Canyon Overlook
Ute Canyon is a 0.2-mile loop trail near Grand Junction that receives moderate foot traffic. This trail features wonerful wildflowers, and it is suitable for people of all skill levels. The trail is mostly used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Moderate Hikes

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Devil's Canyon Trail Loop
Start at the main parking lot and head up the wide gravel road up D1 - Devils Canyon. Stay left at the first fork, straight at the K8 junction and left at the next junction. Right after you cross a small wooden bridge, take a right and drop down into the wash. The trail will weave from left to right across slick rock and sandy trail.

You might miss it, but the D4 - Devils Canyon trail climbs out of the canyon on the right as you head north into the canyon, stay in the wash. Before you have to ascend the metamorphic basement rock there are two options, you can head left and have a shorter outbound segment, or go right (highly recommended and mapped) so you get the climbing over sooner, and once you reach the cabin your return trip will be shorter and faster.

So, stay in the wash past the first junction on the left and then climb up the steep but short hill to reach the plateau. The next section is a wonderful stretch of rolling terrain below steep cliffs as you make your way back into the canyon towards the cabin. The cabin is pretty obvious and can be fun to check out (be careful since it is old and unmaintained), and when you are ready to finish the loop find the trail that heads downhill, to the west on the right side of the cabin.

A couple of steep wash descents/ascents await and some of the best tower scenery comes on the return trip. When you are back in the wash, continue all the way back to the parking lot.
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Devil's Kitchen Trail
Gradual ascent to a natural opening formed by a circle by huge upright boulders. At the first fork, go right. At the second fork, go left. Follow the trail across the wash. As you proceed up the canyon, you will see the large rock grotto that is Devils Kitchen. Keep on the established trail and follow the carved steps up the slickrock. As you approach the base of the rock formation, go left around it and hike into the rock opening. 0.75 Miles.
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Dirty George Aqueduct Trail
4WD Recommended to get to the trail.

Also known as Forest Road #110, the Dirty George Aqueduct hike is in the Grand Mesa National Forest about 45 minutes from Grand Junction. This trail starts at the end of the Bull and Brown trail and it is adjacent to Dirty George Creek. The trail follows a southwesterly route along the sides of the Grand Mesa, which is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. The trail markers follow a 2.6-mile route to where the Point Camp trail forks off in a different direction.
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Holy Bucket And Holy Cross Loop
Located near Grand Junction, the Holy Bucket and Holy Cross Loop Trail is 3.1-miles long. This route is rated as moderately difficult, and it offers scenic views. The trail is used mostly for hiking and nature excursions, and it is open and accessible year-round.
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Monument - Wedding Canyon
The Wedding Canyon trail is located to the north of Independence Monument inside Colorado National Monument. This route is primitive and unlike the other trails with well-placed stone slabs. Wedding Canyon is rustic in nature with loose soil and scree to be traversed along some of the steeper sections. While the trail is rustic, it is also well traveled and not difficult to follow. Wedding Canyon is named after the marriage ceremony between John Otto and Beatrice Farnham, which took place at this location in 1911.
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Monument Canyon Trail
The trail starts at the fence for the east entrance to Monument Canyon. Begin to climb and follow the trail as it climbs steadily for around a mile with variations of rock, technical spots and packed trail. 3.45 Miles
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No Thoroughfare Canyon
No Thoroughfare Canyon starts with a descent from the plateau on a maintained trail before transitioning to an unmaintained route through the remote canyon. The canyon walls rise over 400 feet above you as you hike in awe. Because of how isolated and primitive this route is, most visitors do not venture the entire route.
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From the east entrance of the Monument, drive 0.2 miles to the trailhead. There is limited parking available on the left. For additional parking, turn right into the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. The trailhead is shared with three other trails: Old Gordon Trail, Serpents Trail and Devils Kitchen Trail.
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Old Spanish Trail
Old Spanish Trail, which is over 7 miles long, offers a quiet hike that is only a few minutes from downtown Grand Junction. Visitors will encounter wildlife and native desert plants along this trail. This route is a sister trail of the Gunnison River Bluffs Trail, and these two trails connect at the end of one another. These are fun hikes because users have the option to walk, bike, and go horseback riding.
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Pet-E-Kes
Singeltrack netowrk - 1 mile.

Lunch Loops. This trail starts along with all the other Tabeguache/Lunch Loops trails. From Grand Junction, head west on Broadway aka Hwy 340. Turn left on Monument road and follow it about a mile to the parking area on the left.
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Riggs Hill
Riggs Hill is a 0.9-mile trail near Grand Junction that receives light foot traffic. It has beautiful wild flowers. This trail is rated as moderately difficult. Riggs Hill is used mostly for hiking, nature excursions, and walking.
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The Ribbon Trail
The Ribbon Trail is a 6.7-mile route near Grand Junction that receives light foot traffic and includes beautiful wild flowers. This trail is rated moderately difficult. The path is accessible year-round. Dogs can use this trail, but they must be kept on a leash.
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Turkey Flats Loop Trail
Turkey Flats Loop Trail is a 10.3-mile route near Grand Junction, which includes a lake. This trail is rated as moderately difficult. There a various attractions. This trail is best between March and November. While dogs may use this trail, they must be kept on a leash.
MTN Bike: Singletrack figure 8 - 10 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.

Difficult Hikes

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Andy's Loop Trail
Andy's Loop is part of the Lunch Loops trail area. It is located across from Little Park Trailhead, also known as the Monument Road Lunch Loops Trailhead. This trail is not as busy as the rest of the area, but it has lovely scenery. This trail offers steep uphill climbs, technical singletrack routes, and fast-paced descents. The views from the back portion of the trail are wonderful. The route meets up with Eagle's Wing ridge at the end of the trail.
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Coal Canyon
The Coal Canyon trail is in the Little Book Cliffs Wilderness, Wild Horse, and Burro Management Area administered by the Bureau of Land management. If you're lucky, you might encounter the wild horses along this trail.
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Crag Crest Trail
The Crag Crest Trail (FS Trail 711) near the southern end of the highway is a 10-mile loop, designated as a hiking trail. The Forest Service discourages winter use for safety precautions.
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Crum Reservoir
High clearance 4WD Vehicle recommended if you plan on driving the trail.

The Crum Reservoir trail is within Grand Mesa National Forest. It begins near Coon Creek along Long Slough Road, FR# 254.1A, and it moves to the north for approximately 3.5 miles to the boundary of the forest.
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Hoodoo Trail
Hoodoo is located within the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Management Area in the Little Book Cliffs. This route starts from the Coal Canyon trail where it moves west through the back of Mt. Garfield.
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Kokopelli Trail
The Kokopelli Trail is 142-miles long between Loma, Colorado, and Moab, Utah. The most common use of the trail is by mountain bikers. The terrain is diverse, including dirt roads of different levels of difficulty, paved roads, and a few segments of narrow track. An overnight outing along the Kokopelli Trail requires extensive planning.
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Liberty Cap Trail
The Upper Liberty Cap trail is located in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail begins off of Rimrock Drive where it travels across Monument Mesa for 5 miles on an abandoned jeep road and meets up with the Lower Liberty Cap trail at the iconic Liberty Cap geological formation on the eastern edge of the mesa overlooking the valley below.
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Lunch Loops
The Lunch Loops area offers a variety of trails, including difficult and very difficult ones. Two trails, Free Lunch and Pucker Up, are for mountain biking only and exclusively available for downhill travel. The trails offer challenging routes and beautfitul views, as the Lunch Loops area is next to the Colorado National Monument and Bangs Canyon. With difficult and technical terrain, these trails test even the most advanced hikers.
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Mt. Garfield
Mt. Garfield is a prominent landmark in the Little Book Cliff mountain range, located north of Interstate 70 between Grand Junction and Palisade. The most popular route is a 2-mile trek from the trailhead to the peak, and it includes an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. For most people, this hike takes a minimum of 2-4 hours despite the short distance traveled. From the top, visitors enjoy some of the best views of the orchards and farmlands, along with the Grand Junction area's communities.
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North Fruita Desert
This area offers outstanding hiking along with separate routes for mountain biking, off-highway vehicles, and horseback riding. The trails and camping areas offer terrific opportunities to experience the high desert environment with views of the Book Cliffs.
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Palisade Rim Trail
This scenic route will take you up and around Palisade's southern perimeter. The full hike totals 13 miles in length, and it can take between three and seven hours to complete. Located about 1,000 feet above the valley below, the lower loop is a shorter four-mile hike that offers beautiful views of orchards and vineyards.

To access the trail from downtown Palisade you can head east on North River Road for approximately two miles. Once you cross the bridge over the Colorado River turn right then immediately turn right again into the little pull off area along the river.
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Rattlesnake Arches Trail
Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead: Closed Feburary 15 - April 15. High Clearence 4WD Vehicle Required. 5 miles out and back.
Lower Trailhead / Pollock Bench: 14.3 miles out and back.
For more info, please visit bit.ly/TheCoArches

Rattlesnake Arches is a 13.5-mile trail with spectacular natural red-rock arches. This route features pretty wild flowers, and it is rated difficult. The trail offers the best conditions between May and December. While dogs can use this trail, they must be kept on a leash. McInnis Canyons Map
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Rough Canyon
From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue for five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill.
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Serpent's Trail
Called "the crookedest road in the world," this historic trail has 16 switchbacks. The trail climbs steadily from east to west through Wingate Sandstone. Built in the early 1900s, this route was part of the main road until 1950.

Climbing Ladder of Difficult Hikes

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Crum Reservoir
High clearance 4WD Vehicle recommended if you plan on driving the trail.

The Crum Reservoir trail is within Grand Mesa National Forest. It begins near Coon Creek along Long Slough Road, FR# 254.1A, and it moves to the north for approximately 3.5 miles to the boundary of the forest.
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Devil's Canyon Trail Loop
Start at the main parking lot and head up the wide gravel road up D1 - Devils Canyon. Stay left at the first fork, straight at the K8 junction and left at the next junction. Right after you cross a small wooden bridge, take a right and drop down into the wash. The trail will weave from left to right across slick rock and sandy trail.

You might miss it, but the D4 - Devils Canyon trail climbs out of the canyon on the right as you head north into the canyon, stay in the wash. Before you have to ascend the metamorphic basement rock there are two options, you can head left and have a shorter outbound segment, or go right (highly recommended and mapped) so you get the climbing over sooner, and once you reach the cabin your return trip will be shorter and faster.

So, stay in the wash past the first junction on the left and then climb up the steep but short hill to reach the plateau. The next section is a wonderful stretch of rolling terrain below steep cliffs as you make your way back into the canyon towards the cabin. The cabin is pretty obvious and can be fun to check out (be careful since it is old and unmaintained), and when you are ready to finish the loop find the trail that heads downhill, to the west on the right side of the cabin.

A couple of steep wash descents/ascents await and some of the best tower scenery comes on the return trip. When you are back in the wash, continue all the way back to the parking lot.
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Dirty George Aqueduct Trail
4WD Recommended to get to the trail.

Also known as Forest Road #110, the Dirty George Aqueduct hike is in the Grand Mesa National Forest about 45 minutes from Grand Junction. This trail starts at the end of the Bull and Brown trail and it is adjacent to Dirty George Creek. The trail follows a southwesterly route along the sides of the Grand Mesa, which is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. The trail markers follow a 2.6-mile route to where the Point Camp trail forks off in a different direction.
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Discovery Trail
The Discovery Trail is a short interpretive hike located on the Grand Mesa behind the Grand Mesa Visitor Center. The trail loops through spruce and aspen trees. There are 15 places to rest at that explain the dynamic evolution of the forest ecosystem. The trail is easy for toddlers to walk. Wheelchairs can manage the trail somewhat easily, although the trail is not paved.
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Liberty Cap Trail
The Upper Liberty Cap trail is located in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail begins off of Rimrock Drive where it travels across Monument Mesa for 5 miles on an abandoned jeep road and meets up with the Lower Liberty Cap trail at the iconic Liberty Cap geological formation on the eastern edge of the mesa overlooking the valley below.
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Monument - Wedding Canyon
The Wedding Canyon trail is located to the north of Independence Monument inside Colorado National Monument. This route is primitive and unlike the other trails with well-placed stone slabs. Wedding Canyon is rustic in nature with loose soil and scree to be traversed along some of the steeper sections. While the trail is rustic, it is also well traveled and not difficult to follow. Wedding Canyon is named after the marriage ceremony between John Otto and Beatrice Farnham, which took place at this location in 1911.
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Otto's Trail
Otto's Trail is located in the Colorado National Monument about 1 mile from the Visitor Center. This trail was named after John Otto the first park ranger of the Colorado National Monument. The trail offers views of both Wedding and Monument Canyons. The trail is well suited for small children with only a little bit of elevation change.

One mile east of Colorado National Monument Visitor Center. From the Visitor Center, turn left onto Rim Rock Drive and proceed one mile to the trailhead on the left.
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Palisade Rim Trail
This scenic route will take you up and around Palisade's southern perimeter. The full hike totals 13 miles in length, and it can take between three and seven hours to complete. Located about 1,000 feet above the valley below, the lower loop is a shorter four-mile hike that offers beautiful views of orchards and vineyards.

To access the trail from downtown Palisade you can head east on North River Road for approximately two miles. Once you cross the bridge over the Colorado River turn right then immediately turn right again into the little pull off area along the river.
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Trail Through Time
Kid-friendly loop with dino fossils and wildflowers. From Grand Junction, head west on Hwy 70 and take exit 2. Take a right over the Interstate and go straight into the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
McInnis Canyons Maps

Fishing

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Canyon View Park Pond
Small pond in the Canyon View Park, which is wheelchair accessible. Species include: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Common Carp
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Connected Lakes
Part of James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park. Species include: Largemouth Bass, Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish
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Corn Lake
Part of James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park. Located right off of 32 Road. Species include: Largemouth Bass, Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, and Rainbow Trout
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Island Lake
Located on the Grand Mesa. Species include: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Native Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake, and Snake River Cutthroat
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Jerry Creek Reservoirs #1 & 2
Two Resevoirs off of CO 330. Species include: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Brown Trout
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Juniata Reservoir
Reservoir is located off of Purdy Mesa Road. Species include: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, and Rainbow Trout
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Kannah Creek
Small stream that runs off of the Grand Mesa. Species include: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Native Cutthroat Trout, and Rainbow Trout.
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Mesa Lakes
Located on the Grand Mesa, there are multiple lakes to choose from in this area. Take your pick! Species include: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Native Cutthroat Trout, and Rainbow Trout
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Ward Creek Reservoir
Located on the Grand Mesa, right off of CO-65. Species include: Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout

Horseback Riding

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Coal Canyon
The Coal Canyon trail is in the Little Book Cliffs Wilderness, Wild Horse, and Burro Management Area administered by the Bureau of Land management. If you're lucky, you might encounter the wild horses along this trail.
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Crum Reservoir
High clearance 4WD Vehicle recommended if you plan on driving the trail.

The Crum Reservoir trail is within Grand Mesa National Forest. It begins near Coon Creek along Long Slough Road, FR# 254.1A, and it moves to the north for approximately 3.5 miles to the boundary of the forest.
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Devil's Canyon Trail Loop
Start at the main parking lot and head up the wide gravel road up D1 - Devils Canyon. Stay left at the first fork, straight at the K8 junction and left at the next junction. Right after you cross a small wooden bridge, take a right and drop down into the wash. The trail will weave from left to right across slick rock and sandy trail.

You might miss it, but the D4 - Devils Canyon trail climbs out of the canyon on the right as you head north into the canyon, stay in the wash. Before you have to ascend the metamorphic basement rock there are two options, you can head left and have a shorter outbound segment, or go right (highly recommended and mapped) so you get the climbing over sooner, and once you reach the cabin your return trip will be shorter and faster.

So, stay in the wash past the first junction on the left and then climb up the steep but short hill to reach the plateau. The next section is a wonderful stretch of rolling terrain below steep cliffs as you make your way back into the canyon towards the cabin. The cabin is pretty obvious and can be fun to check out (be careful since it is old and unmaintained), and when you are ready to finish the loop find the trail that heads downhill, to the west on the right side of the cabin.

A couple of steep wash descents/ascents await and some of the best tower scenery comes on the return trip. When you are back in the wash, continue all the way back to the parking lot.
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Dirty George Aqueduct Trail
4WD Recommended to get to the trail.

Also known as Forest Road #110, the Dirty George Aqueduct hike is in the Grand Mesa National Forest about 45 minutes from Grand Junction. This trail starts at the end of the Bull and Brown trail and it is adjacent to Dirty George Creek. The trail follows a southwesterly route along the sides of the Grand Mesa, which is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. The trail markers follow a 2.6-mile route to where the Point Camp trail forks off in a different direction.
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Hoodoo Trail
Hoodoo is located within the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Management Area in the Little Book Cliffs. This route starts from the Coal Canyon trail where it moves west through the back of Mt. Garfield.
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Kokopelli Trail
The Kokopelli Trail is 142-miles long between Loma, Colorado, and Moab, Utah. The most common use of the trail is by mountain bikers. The terrain is diverse, including dirt roads of different levels of difficulty, paved roads, and a few segments of narrow track. An overnight outing along the Kokopelli Trail requires extensive planning.
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Lower Monument Canyon
Monument Canyon Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.
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North Fruita Desert
This area offers outstanding hiking along with separate routes for mountain biking, off-highway vehicles, and horseback riding. The trails and camping areas offer terrific opportunities to experience the high desert environment with views of the Book Cliffs.
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Old Gordon Trail
The Old Gordon trail is located near the east entrance to the Colorado National Monument. The Old Gordon trail was originally a toll road used to move stock and timber. The road was built by John Gordon in the 1880s. John Gordon also operated a ferry that crossed the Colorado River. The ferry and toll road fell out of use with the completion of the Broadway Bridge and the Serpents Trail. The only other main route that led up to Glade Park and the Pinyon Mesa was via the Fruita Dugway. Some sections of the trail still show signs of use from the wagons that once plied its course.
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Old Spanish Trail
Old Spanish Trail, which is over 7 miles long, offers a quiet hike that is only a few minutes from downtown Grand Junction. Visitors will encounter wildlife and native desert plants along this trail. This route is a sister trail of the Gunnison River Bluffs Trail, and these two trails connect at the end of one another. These are fun hikes because users have the option to walk, bike, and go horseback riding.
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Palisade Rim Trail
This scenic route will take you up and around Palisade's southern perimeter. The full hike totals 13 miles in length, and it can take between three and seven hours to complete. Located about 1,000 feet above the valley below, the lower loop is a shorter four-mile hike that offers beautiful views of orchards and vineyards.

To access the trail from downtown Palisade you can head east on North River Road for approximately two miles. Once you cross the bridge over the Colorado River turn right then immediately turn right again into the little pull off area along the river.
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Trail Through Time
Kid-friendly loop with dino fossils and wildflowers. From Grand Junction, head west on Hwy 70 and take exit 2. Take a right over the Interstate and go straight into the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
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Upper Liberty Cap
The Upper Liberty Cap trail is located in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail begins off of Rimrock Drive where it travels across Monument Mesa for 5 miles on an abandoned jeep road and meets up with the Lower Liberty Cap trail at the iconic Liberty Cap geological formation on the eastern edge of the mesa overlooking the valley below.
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MTN Bike Trails

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Bangs Canyon - Butterknife
Intermediate difficulty. Singletrack loop - 13 miles.

The Butterknife trail is located in the Third Flats section of the BLM Bangs Canyon Management Area. Third Flats doesn't have an official parking area, but there are signs near the entrance directing people to the Bangs Canyon Staging Area to park.
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Chutes & Ladders
Intermediate difficulty. Singletrack loop - 7 miles. Ride clockwise.

18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert. From Grand Junction, go west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp, travel north 1/10 mile, then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks, and then turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles. Park at the upper parking lot.
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Edge Loop
Singletrack loop - 32 miles.

18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert. From Grand Junction, go west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp, travel north 1/10 mile, then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks, and then turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles. Park at the upper parking lot.
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Flowing Park Loop
Singletrack loop - 15.2 miles.

Turn off highway 65 onto Lands End Road. Within a mile or two, take the first left on Flowing Park Road (109). The road ends at Flowing Park Reservoir where the trailhead is found.
Fairly flat trail on the Southwest corner of the Grand Mesa. Excellent views off the mesa to the valley below.
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Gunny Loop
Singletrack loop. - 12 miles.

Little Park Road Trailhead. From Grand Junction, travel west on Broadway. Turn left on to Monument Road. Turn left just before you cross the ditch on to D Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to where D Rd ends, go right on to Little Park Rd. Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Little Park Road Staging Area (First Flats) on the left, park here.
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Holy Cross
Singletrack loop - 7 miles. Advanced Difficulty.

Little Park Road Trailhead. From Grand Junction, travel west on Broadway. Turn left on to Monument Road. Turn left just before you cross the ditch on to D Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to where D Rd ends, go right on to Little Park Rd. Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Little Park Road Staging Area (First Flats) on the left, park here.
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Joe's Ridge
Singletrack network - 3 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.

18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert.
From Grand Junction drive west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp travel north 1/10 mile then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks and turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles .Park at the upper parking lot
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Kessel Run
Singletrack network - 2 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.

18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert. From Grand Junction, go west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp, travel north 1/10 mile, then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks, and then turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles. Park at the upper parking lot.
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Mary's Loop
Singletrack network - 8 miles.


Kokopelli Area trails.
From I -70 take Loma exit 15 go south to frontage rd. to Kokopelli Trail parking area.
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Moore Fun
Singletrack network - 5 miles. Advanced Difficulty.

Kokopelli Area trails.
From I -70 take Loma exit 15 go south to frontage rd. to Kokopelli Trail parking area.
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Palisade Rim Trail
This scenic route will take you up and around Palisade's southern perimeter. The full hike totals 13 miles in length, and it can take between three and seven hours to complete. Located about 1,000 feet above the valley below, the lower loop is a shorter four-mile hike that offers beautiful views of orchards and vineyards.

To access the trail from downtown Palisade you can head east on North River Road for approximately two miles. Once you cross the bridge over the Colorado River turn right then immediately turn right again into the little pull off area along the river.
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PBR - Pumps Bumps & Roller
Singletrack network - 2 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.

18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert. From Grand Junction, go west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp, travel north 1/10 mile, then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks, and then turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles. Park at the upper parking lot.
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Pet-E-Kes
Singeltrack netowrk - 1 mile.

Lunch Loops. This trail starts along with all the other Tabeguache/Lunch Loops trails. From Grand Junction, head west on Broadway aka Hwy 340. Turn left on Monument road and follow it about a mile to the parking area on the left.
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Prime Cut
Singletrack out & back - 3 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.

18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert. From Grand Junction, go west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp, travel north 1/10 mile, then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks, and then turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles. Park at the upper parking lot.
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Rustlers Loop
Singletrack loop - 3 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.

Take I-70 to exit #15. The Kokopelli trailhead parking lot is just off the exit on Frontage Road. Either park in the main lot or opt to drive over the hill and park in the small lot near the trailhead gate.
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Sarlacc
Singletrack - 8 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.
18 Road Trails/ North Fruita Desert. From Grand Junction, go west on I-70 to Fruita Exit #19. From the off ramp, travel north 1/10 mile, then go right to the roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout, travel 2 blocks, and then turn left on Maple Street. Travel 4 miles north on Maple St. (17 1/2 Rd). Turn right at N. 3/10 Rd, .5 mile to 18 Rd. Go north on 18 Rd for 7.5 miles. Park at the upper parking lot.
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Stagecoach
To access the trail, park at the Palisade Rim trailhead parking lot (closest parking). The Stagecoach trailhead is on the west side of North River Road, across the river from the parking area.
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Steve's Loop
Kokopelli area trails. Take I-70 west from Fruita to the Mack exit. Go across interstate and take dirt frontage road SE for about 1-mile and park at the base of the Mack Ridge Trailhead.
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The Ribbon Trail
The Ribbon Trail is a 6.7-mile route near Grand Junction that receives light foot traffic and includes beautiful wild flowers. This trail is rated moderately difficult. The path is accessible year-round. Dogs can use this trail, but they must be kept on a leash.
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Troy Built Trail
Singletrack out & back - 8 miles. Advanced Difficulty.

Kokopelli area trails. Take I-70 west from Fruita to Mack exit. Go across interstate, and take dirt frontage road SE for about 1-mile and park at base of jeep road. Ride up jeep road. From parking area ride west on frontage rd. 1 mi. Here you will see sign for Troy's. Begin climbing up on narrow technical singletrack skirting Salt Creek below. @ 2.3 mi. is the Kokopelli Tr. jct. stay left. Riding on some exposed sections above the Colorado River requires concentration as the stunning views surrounding demand attention as well. Take in the scenery a moment and prepare for a technical climb up to Troy's/Lion's jct. 5 miles. Turn around at jct. for a return trip on Troy's back to car or right onto Lion's and out to the Kokopelli Trail area loops and ride until you want to head back to the car via Lion's all the way down to frontage rd. left to car.
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Turkey Flats Loop Trail
Turkey Flats Loop Trail is a 10.3-mile route near Grand Junction, which includes a lake. This trail is rated as moderately difficult. There a various attractions. This trail is best between March and November. While dogs may use this trail, they must be kept on a leash.
MTN Bike: Singletrack figure 8 - 10 miles. Intermediate Difficulty.
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Twist-N-Shout Loop
Singletrack loop - 4.4 miles roundtrip. Moderate Difficulty.

Twist-N-Shout has twists and turns, but it is an easy ride that will not push riders too much, making it suitable for beginners.

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Dominguez - Escalante NCA - Big Dominguez Canyon
The trailhead for Big Dominguez Canyon is about 20 miles south of Grand Junction off of Hwy 50 north of Delta. From Grand Junction follow Hwy south and turn right (west) onto Bridgeport Road. The turnoff may be hard to see, so look for the BLM sign. Follow Bridgeport Road, a narrow dirt road down about 3 miles to the Gunnison River and the trailhead. The hike is located in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, a BLM administered area about 20 miles south of Grand Junction along the Gunnison River. The Big Dominguez Canyon Trail is very long and can be explored for days. This hike takes you to the top of a waterfall, which is perfect for a day hike. 6.6 Miles total.
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Dominguez - Escalante NCA - Cactus Park
The Cactus Park Section of the Tabeguache Trail climbs out of Dominguez Canyon, goes through a Pinyon juniper forest before dropping down to Cactus Park along the flanks of Horse Mountain. The route then climbs out of Cactus Park before dropping steadily to meet highway 141 at the bottom of Nine-Mile Hill. There are some great views of the Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa along the way. 14.9 Miles total.
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Dominguez - Escalante NCA - Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
The Dominguez–Escalante National Conservation Area is a 209,610-acre National Conservation Area located in western Colorado southeast of Grand Junction and northwest of Montrose. Known for its breathtaking scenery, Dominguez-Escalante is a great example of the canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Red-rock canyons and sandstone hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as cultural and historic sites. The Ute Tribes consider these pinyon-juniper–covered lands to be an important connection to their past.
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Dominguez - Escalante NCA - Escalante Canyon
The Escalante Canyon near Delta has two areas of petroglyphs. The first is along the Gunnison River. The site isn't marked on any maps and there are no signs showing the location. Once you come near, there are brown trail markers with the standard "Site Etiquette'" message. Escalante Canyon is named after one of the two padres of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition that passed through in 1776. The party didn't actually pass through the canyon, but like many other locations in Colorado and Utah, it is named after one of them. 15 Miles total.
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McInnis Canyons NCA - Kokopelli's Trail
From Grand Junction, travel west on Interstate 70 about 15 miles. Take the Loma exit (exit 15), then travel west on gravel frontage road south of the interstate. The trailhead is on the left. Look for signs. Contact the Moab or Grand Junction Field Office for information.

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McInnis Canyons NCA - Pollock Bench
From Grand Junction, go on I-70 west to Fruita (exit 19). Turn left and travel 1.5 miles to Kingsview Road and turn right. Stay on the main road and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the trailhead. 1-15 Miles total.
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McInnis Canyons NCA - Rabbit Valley
From Grand Junction, go west on Hwy 70 and take exit 2. Take a left over the Interstate and head straight into the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. 5.2 miles total.
https://www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org/maps-mcinnis-canyons
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McInnis Canyons NCA - Rabbit Valley - Trail Through Time
Kid-friendly loop with dino fossils and wildflowers. From Grand Junction, head west on Hwy 70 and take exit 2. Take a right over the Interstate and go straight into the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
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McInnis Canyons NCA - Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead
Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead: Closed Feburary 15 - April 15. High Clearence 4WD Vehicle Required. 5 miles out and back.
Lower Trailhead / Pollock Bench: 14.3 miles out and back.

For more info, please visit bit.ly/TheCoArches

Cedar Tree Arch is the first arch you will see. From below the arch you can see several moki steps. It is a steep climb if you want to go to the bottom.
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McInnis Canyons NCA - Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead - First Arch/Cedar Tree Arch Trail
Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead: Closed Feburary 15 - April 15. High Clearence 4WD Vehicle Required. 5 miles out and back.
Lower Trailhead / Pollock Bench: 14.3 miles out and back.
For more info, please visit bit.ly/TheCoArches

Cedar Tree Arch is the first arch you will see. From below the arch you can see several moki steps. It is a steep climb if you want to go to the bottom.
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McInnis Canyons NCA - Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead - Hole In The Bridge
Rattlesnake Arches Upper Trailhead: Closed Feburary 15 - April 15. High Clearence 4WD Vehicle Required. 5 miles out and back.
Lower Trailhead / Pollock Bench: 14.3 miles out and back.
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Up from the Pollock Bench trailhead and one mile around the base of the cliffs, arches start appearing. The first main arch is Hole in the Bridge. There is a small arch to the right and one to the left. bit.ly/TheCoArches

Up from the Pollock Bench trailhead and one mile around the base of the cliffs, arches start appearing. The first main arch is Hole in the Bridge. There is a small arch to the right and one to the left.
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OHV ATV Trails

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Bangs Canyon - Easy Rider
Moderate Difficulty.

Easy Rider Trail is part of the Third Flats section of the BLM Bangs Canyon Management Area. The trail takes two hours by foot. It is rated difficult because it goes up to a peak that offers excellent views of the high desert. This trail is suitable for bikers, hikers, equestrian, and ATV riders.
From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill.
Easy Rider Trail is part of the Third Flats section of Bangs Canyon Management Area.
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Billings Canyon
Moderate Difficulty. 5.2 Miles. High Clearence 4WD Vehicle Required.

From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill.
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Grand Junction OHV Area
Moderate to Difficult.

The Grand Valley Open OHV Area offers cross-country motorized trails and time for family and friends, including camping sites. The western boundary is 27 1/4 Road.

There are several access points on the northeast end of the Grand Valley at the base of the Book Cliffs off I-70 east of Grand Junction.
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Grand Mesa - Cottonwood Lakes
Difficult. 9 Miles roundtrip.

From Colbran, Colorado, at "Access Grand Mesa" sign, take 58.5 Road. south 1.9 miles to "T" intersection. Turn left, staying on 58.5 Road.(which becomes 59 Road.), and go 5.8 miles to Forest Rt. 121. Travel south for about 7 miles Forest Road 121 past Bonham-Wells Reservoir and then turn right onto Forest Road 257 and travel about another 5 miles to the campground. Trails to several of Cottonwood Lakes are nearby.
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Grand Mesa - Granby Road
Moderate Difficulty. 9 miles round trip. 4WD Recommended.

The Granby Road begins off of Forest Road #116 which is the road that loops around the backside of Island Lake. The trail begins across from the Island Lake Day Use Area and near the Island Lake Campground where it travels west across the south facing slopes of the Grand Mesa. After passing more than a dozen reservoirs the trail comes to an end when it meets up with the Greenwood trail at Little Battlement Lake.
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Magellan Loop
Moderate to Difficult. 19 miles roundtrip. High Clearance 4WD vehicle recommended.

From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill. Magellan Loop is part of the Bangs Canyon Management Area. Beginning at the Bangs Canyon Staging Area on the left the route follows the Tabeguache trail down to the Rough Canyon waterfall, at mile 1.8, where it crosses the normally dry creek, and begins climbing along Cross Canyon at mile 2.1. At mile 4.6 the route leaves the Tabeguache trail and follows the Windmill Road east. After 6.6 miles of mostly downhill rolling the route turns north along the Gunnison River at mile 11.2. Near the 13 mile point the climb away from the Gunnison River begins along the Third Flats Road. Little Park Road is reached at 17.6 miles and followed back to the trailhead at the Bangs Canyon Staging Area.
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Uncompahgre Plateau
Uncompahgre Plateau OHV Trail is a 91.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitewater that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated difficult. The trail is mostly used for bird-watching and off-road trips. Moderate to Difficult.
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Uncompahgre Plateau - Big Creek Trail #656
Moderate Difficulty.

The Big Creek Trail #656 is a two track which is used as a cutoff route from the Divide Rd, FSR #402, to the Big Creek Rd., FSR #403. The upper half of this trail travels from the Divide Rd. on flat terrain through Ponderosa Pine to a rim above Big Creek Reservoir. The lower half of the trail drops off from the rim and travels through Ponderosa, Spruce/ Fir and Aspen until tying in with the Big Creek Rd.

UPPER ACCESS: From the Northern Forest Boundary, travel 8.8 miles South on Divide Rd., FSR #402 to this trailhead.
LOWER ACCESS: From the Northern Forest Boundary, travel 3.5 miles to the Big Creek Rd., FSR #403, junction. Turn right (west) and travel 4.1 miles on the Big Creek Rd. to the lower trailhead.
Parking: UPPER TRAILHEAD:Off of Divide Rd., FSR #402. T. 51N., R. 16W., Sec. 18. U.S.G.S. Map: Castor Reservoir.
LOWER TRAILHEAD: Off of Big Creek Rd., FSR #403.1. T. 15S., R. 101W., Sec. 28. U.S.G.S. Map: Castor Reservoir.
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OHV Jeep Trails

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21 Road
Extreme Difficulty, High Clearence 4WD Recommended.

This trail takes 4 - 5 hours to complete as it is one way in and one way out. There is an option to take the trail at the top to the 18 road trails, but plan on an extra 3 hours to get there.

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Bangs Canyon - Easy Rider
Moderate Difficulty.

Easy Rider Trail is part of the Third Flats section of the BLM Bangs Canyon Management Area. The trail takes two hours by foot. It is rated difficult because it goes up to a peak that offers excellent views of the high desert. This trail is suitable for bikers, hikers, equestrian, and ATV riders.
From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill.
Easy Rider Trail is part of the Third Flats section of Bangs Canyon Management Area.
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Bangs Canyon - Tabeguache Trail
The Tabeguache Trail (pronounced TAB-a-watch) crosses public land for 142 miles, connecting Montrose and Grand Junction. The trail begins in Shavano Valley and weaves through the canyons, mesas, and highlands of the Uncompahgre Plateau before ending at No Thoroughfare Canyon, a few miles west of Grand Junction. The trail is marked by brown fiberglass posts approximately every mile, and at all intersections.
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Billings Canyon
Moderate Difficulty. 5.2 Miles. High Clearence 4WD Vehicle Required.

From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill.
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Grand Junction OHV Area
Moderate to Difficult.

The Grand Valley Open OHV Area offers cross-country motorized trails and time for family and friends, including camping sites. The western boundary is 27 1/4 Road.

There are several access points on the northeast end of the Grand Valley at the base of the Book Cliffs off I-70 east of Grand Junction.
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Grand Mesa - Granby Road
Moderate Difficulty. 9 miles round trip. 4WD Recommended.

The Granby Road begins off of Forest Road #116 which is the road that loops around the backside of Island Lake. The trail begins across from the Island Lake Day Use Area and near the Island Lake Campground where it travels west across the south facing slopes of the Grand Mesa. After passing more than a dozen reservoirs the trail comes to an end when it meets up with the Greenwood trail at Little Battlement Lake.
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Hell's Hole
Strenuous. 4-10 miles roundtrip. 4WD Recommended.

Hells Hole is part of the Bangs Canyon Management Area.

The trail begins at the 3 mile point of the Bangs Canyon section of the Tabeguache trail and travels east along an old jeep road for 2 miles. It comes to a dead-end on a hill above a wash where the remainder of the road was washed out.From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill.
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Magellan Loop
Moderate to Difficult. 19 miles roundtrip. High Clearance 4WD vehicle recommended.

From Grand junction, take Hwy 340 west to Monument Road. Turn left, then take another left a few yards ahead onto D road, which turns into Rosevale Road. Take a right onto Little Park Road and continue five miles to Bangs Canyon Trailhead on the left, at the top of the hill. Magellan Loop is part of the Bangs Canyon Management Area. Beginning at the Bangs Canyon Staging Area on the left the route follows the Tabeguache trail down to the Rough Canyon waterfall, at mile 1.8, where it crosses the normally dry creek, and begins climbing along Cross Canyon at mile 2.1. At mile 4.6 the route leaves the Tabeguache trail and follows the Windmill Road east. After 6.6 miles of mostly downhill rolling the route turns north along the Gunnison River at mile 11.2. Near the 13 mile point the climb away from the Gunnison River begins along the Third Flats Road. Little Park Road is reached at 17.6 miles and followed back to the trailhead at the Bangs Canyon Staging Area.
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