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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Lost Lake Trail - Grand Mesa
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Liberty Cap Trail
    Wildwood Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Trail ascends steeply for 2 miles from Grand Junction to Liberty Cap rock sculpture. Trail winds across gently sloping Monument Mesa through pinyon-juniper forest and sagebrush flats for the final...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ottos Trail
    John Ottos Trail
    Colorado National Monument, CO 81507
    Gently sloping trail that leads to overlook with dramatic view of many monoliths. Trail will take 1/2 hour to complete one way and is  0.5 miles in length. Trail dificulty: easy
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Twist-N-Shout Loop
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Twist-N-Shout Loop conscits of twists and turns but is an easy ride and will not push users too much, making appropriate for beginners. Difficulty: Moderate Length: 4.4 Miles Round trip
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA)
    Grand Junction, CO
    The 210,172-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which includes the 66,280-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, was created by the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands Management Act and is part...
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA)
    McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Located in the high desert canyon country of western Colorado and eastern Utah, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area consists of approximately 123,430 acres of BLM-administered land near...
  • 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