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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...
  • Pet-E-Kes Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 and to the base of Independence...
  • 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"...
  • Liberty Cap Trail
    Wildwood Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Trail ascends steeply for 2 miles from the Grand Valley floor to Liberty Cap rock sculpture. Trail winds across gently sloping Monument Mesa through pinyon-juniper forest and sagebrush flats for...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • One Riverfront
    544 Rood Avenue, Room 214
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The One 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 Rivers....
  • Palisade Riverbend Trail
    Palisade
    Palisade, CO 81526
    The Palisade Riverbend Trail is part of the Colorado Riverfront Trail System. It takes the user through 4 miles of beautiful scenery and marshes along the Colorado River. The trail is paved and...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
    River rafting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, biking, climbing and organized trips for the "physically challenged or disabled."
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...