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  • Mt. Garfield Trail
    Mount Garfield
    Palisade, CO 81526
    This trail takes the user through 4 steep miles to the top of the iconic Mt. Garfield. This trail is very difficult but getting to the very top of Mt. Garfield is its own reward. Once on top, you...
  • The Gunnison River Bluffs Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Gunnison River Bluffs Trail is quite and tranquil. It will take the user through the beautiful deseart, showcasing its wildlife and deseart flowers.  This trail provides with an excellent...
  • Ute Canyon Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    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...
  • Andys Loop Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Andy's Loop Trail is part of the Lunch Loop trail system. Andy's Loop can be accessed accross the road of the Little Park Trailhead, or the Monument Road Lunch Loop Trailhead. Mountain bikers...
  • Free Lunch Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Lunch Line Trail is part of the Lunch Loop Trail System. For a trail map click here....
  • Monument Canyon Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Monument Canyon trail sits right in the Colorado National Monument. This splendid trail takes the user through amazing sandstone formations and gorgeous views. Length: 12 miles Difficulty:...
  • Corkscrew Trail
    Wildwood Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Originally built by John Otto in 1909. Follow Liberty Cap Trail to trail junction sign at 1.0 mile (1.6 km). Turn left and hike 0.2 miles (0.3 km) to Corkscrew Trail sign; descend steep "corkscrew"...
  • Kids Meal Loop
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Kid's Meal Loop is the easiest loop in the Tabeguache Lunch Loop. It is perfectly suibtable for kids, providing smooth riding. Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.7 Miles
  • Holy Cross Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • Three Sisters Park
    Mesa County
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The 130 acre Three Sisters Project offers a rare opportunity to acquire and place into public ownership a strategic property that will improve access to an extremely popular non-motorized trail...
  • Pet-E-Kes Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • Mesa, CO 81643
    The Lost Lake Trail climbs several hundred feet in elevation from the southwest corner of Mesa Lake to the east end of Lost Lake just below the rim of the Grand Mesa. The trail provides access to...
  • Lions Loop
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Lion's Loop This trail is nearly eight miles of difficult terreain meant for experienced riders. The ride is mainly downhill and will pass through amazing views of the terrain below. Length: 7.8...
  • Palisade Rim Trail
    n/a
    Palisade, CO 81526
    The Palisade Rim Trail is a moderate trail that takes you up along the edge of the cliffs east of Palisade. The trail begins with an 800 foot climb that brings you to an amazing view of the Grand...
  • Eagles Wing - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Eagle's Wing is one of the most difficult trails in the Lunch Loops Trail System....
  • Old Gordon Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Old Gordon Trail winds up through large slickrock expanses and sandstone ledges for 4 miles. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with lovely views of No Thoroughfare Canyon. (4 miles one-way, +1600'...
  • Rapid Creek Trail
    northwest side of the Grand Mesa
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Rapid Creekt trails lies northwest of the Grand Mesa, exiting Palisade, CO. This trail takes the user over 2,400 feet in elevation and is full of beautiful green scenery. Rapid Creek is a long...
  • No Thoroughfare Canyon
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail runs along the south side of the Colorado National Monument and is an easy to difficult hike. Caves, rock formations, streams, waterfalls and  water pools make this...
  • Ute Petroglyph Trail
    East of the town of Palisade
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Petroglyph trail is named after the petroglyphs left behind by Ute indians. This trail is moderate in difficulty and will take the user through native desert vegetation and beautiful views of the...
  • Magellan Loop
    BLM Bangs Canyon Management Area
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Magellan trail is a double track trail, giving ample space for bikers in groups. There will be changes in elevation and terrain (for example, from dirt to slickrock) as well as beautiful...
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Mica Mine Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Mica Mine trail is a local favorite, and the trail leads to a historic mica and quartz mine....
  • Kodels Canyon Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kodels Canyon is west of the west entrance to the Colorado National Monument. To access trailhead, turn off along highway 340 across Dinosaur Hill. This trail will take you to Kodels Canyon and...
  • Marys Loop Trail - Kokopellis Loop Trails Area
    Loma Exit 15
    Fruita, CO 81521
    This ride is probably the most riden "classic" ride of the canyons area. Highly recommended for first tijme visitors to this area. It is very easily accesed from the freeway. There are many...
  • Rustlers Loop
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    rustler's Loop is the first self-teaching mountain bike trail in the United States. The purpose of this trial is to give both beginners and experienced riders tips on everything from riding skills,...