Explore James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park

Hiking and biking are great ways to discover the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park near Grand Junction.

Explore the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park by taking a bicycle ride down the Colorado Riverfront Trail, ride up to the Colorado National Monument and look down on the valley, hike up to Mount Garfield and take in the sweeping views, or visit the five different sections of the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park.

Jim Robb was instrumental in creating the five distinct sections that have become a beloved Colorado state park. The Grand Junction civic leader and former State Parks board member and chairperson was an elected representative and champion of state parks. Robb helped create the Colorado Riverfront Foundation which, along with Colorado State Parks and local communities, are involved in building a 35-mile river corridor trail system from Island Acres in the middle of DeBeque Canyon to the Fruita Section of the park.

From Fruita on the west end to Island Acres on the east and three stops in between, the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park is one park split into five sections. Each offers something special:

1. The Island Acres Section, known for swimming, camping, picnicking and hiking, is at the eastern end of the park.

2. The Corn Lake Section, known mainly for fishing but also as a launch site for boaters and rafters into the Colorado River, features the riverfront trail traveling from the park headquarters on 32 Road all the way to 29 Road and through the next park section.

3. The Colorado River Wildlife Area Section is known for wildlife viewing and the scenic riverfront trail.

4. The Connected Lakes Section is known for pond fishing, river fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.

5. The Fruita Section, also home of the Riverfront Concert Series, another Jim Robb creation. It also features a visitor center, camping, fishing, swimming and a boat launch site onto the river.