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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Rough Canyon Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Bangs Canyon Trailhead lies at the heart of the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area and provides access to several different trails and recreation opportunities. These include:...
  • Dinosaur Hiking Trails
    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 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,...
  • Old Gordon Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Old Gordon Trail winds up through large slickrock expanses and sandstone ledges for 4 miles. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with lovely views of No Thoroughfare Canyon. (4 miles one-way, +1600'...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pet-E-Kes Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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....
  • 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
  • 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...