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  • Palisade Rim Trail
    Palisade Colorado
    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...
  • Rattlesnake Arches Loop
    10 miles west of Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Rattle Snake Arches loop is a hidden gem to Grand Junction. Following this trail will take the user to Rattle Snake Canyon, which contains the second highest concentration of arches in the U.S. It...
  • Alcove Nature Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Self-guiding nature trail into an ancient sand dune. Trail will take 1/2 hour one way and is .5 miles in distance. Trail difficulty: Easy
  • Colorado Discover Ability
    P.O. Box 1924
    Grand Junction, CO 81502
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dinosaur Hiking Trails
    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA)
    McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Hunting is allowed with McInnis Canyons during appropriate seasons. Big game hunting consists of mule deer, elk and mountain lion within the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. Small game hunting...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kokopellis Loop Trails Area
    Loma Exit
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kokopelli's Trail is a 142 mile multi-use trail that goes from Loma, Colorado to Moab, Utah. The primary use of the trail as a through route is by mountain bikes. Trail surface varies; the trail...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Corn Lake Trail
    South-West part of Grand Junction along the Colorado River
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Corn Lake Trail is part of the many trails that make up the Colorado Riverfront Trail System. This trail is paved, making it adequate for hikers, bikers, and equestrain use. It takes the user...
  • 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...
  • Gunny Loop Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Gunny Loop Trail can be accessed from the Little Park Trailhead. Gunny Loop Trail is nearby the Lunch Loop Trail System and can be incorporated into a series of loops in the area. The Little Park...
  • 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...
  • Unaweep Canyon
    Unaweep Canyon
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Unaweep Canyon is just outside of Grand Junction, accessed by Highway 141. Translated, Unaweep Canyon roughly means "the Cayon with Two Mouths" and it is the only canyon in the world to have two...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Old Spanish Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Old Spanish Trail, over 7 miles long, provides users with a pleasant and quiet hike just a few minutes away from downtown Grand Junction. Along this trail, the user will encounter some wildlife and...