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  • East Creek Trail
    Highway 141 in Unaweep Canyon
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    East Creek trail is one of the most beautiful in the area. It's main attractions are the swim pools, creeks, and small waterfalls that the user will encounter in this hike. These water points are...
  • Dinosaur Hiking Trails
    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Rabbit Valley Trail System
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Bordering the Colorado River, Rabbit Valley is a pinyon-juniper desert landscape with rimrock outcrops. Several trails designated for various uses, including ATV and motorcycle riding, wind through...
  • Highline Lake Trail
    1800 11.8 Road
    Loma, Co 81524
    Highline Lake Trail is  3.5 miles of unpaved gravel in Highline State Park. The trail takes you around the lake and offers views of deer, birds, and other wildlife in the area. The trail is an easy...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • Serpents Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    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...
  • 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. For a trail map visit: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/grand_junction_field/recreation...
  • Old Kiln Trail
    Bangs Canyon Management jArea
    Orchard mesa, CO 81503
    Old Kiln Trail is a pleasant trail, located in the Bangs Canyon Management Area. Following this trail will lead users to an old lime kiln which they'll be able to see up close. This trail is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Devils Kitchen Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    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 Rim Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Level trail following the cliff edge above colorful Wedding Canyon. Outstanding views. The trail is difficulty is easy and it will take 1/2 hour to complete one way. Length is .5 miles.
  • 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....
  • Window Rock Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Level loop trail through pinyon-juniper woodland to overlook with excellent views of Monument and Wedding canyons and most of their major rock formations, including Independence Monument. Trail...
  • Coke Ovens Trail
    Monument Canyon
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Colorado Riverfront Trails
    544 Rood Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Colorado Riverfront Trail System celebrates and preserves the cottonwood groves, wetlands, cattail marshes, gravel bars and islands of the Colorado (originally the Grand) and the Gunnison...
  • Short Shot Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    The Short Shot trail takes users to amazing views of the surrounding valley as well as the distant bookfliff mountains and gives the user options to redirect on the Nut-N-2-It Trail and Twist-N...
  • 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...