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On the western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, you’ll find Grand Junction.

The landscape surrounding Grand Junction provides an ideal environment for year-round outdoor adventure.

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  • Kessels Run Trail
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kessel's run is another great loop with Prime Cut. The ride is mostly fast curving singletrack. Beware the trail can get nasty quickly in wet conditions. Combine these trails to make other loops in...
  • Steves Loop
    Loma (Exit #15)
    Loma, CO 81524
    Steve's Loop is part of the Kokopelli trail system. This trail takes the user through moderate changes in elevation at first but does get high enough to get an absolutely spectacular view of the...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bureau of Land Management - Grand Junction
    2815 H Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO). Office Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday - Friday. Closed on all federal holidays. Bureau of Land Management - Dominguez- Escalante and McInnis Canyons National...
  • Orchard Mesa Community Center Pool
    2736 Unaweep Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Orchard Mesa Community Center Pool features a Z shaped pool of 25 meters by 25 yards, with a shallow (2') wading area and 12' diving well. The facility also offers a hot tub and indoor waterslide....
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    711 Independent Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    CPW manages 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails,...
  • 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...
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA)
    McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    OHV riding is permitted on designated roads and trails in Rabbit Valley, which is 26 miles west of Grand Junction.
  • Troy Built Loop
    Loma, Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    The Troy Built Loop is very difficult but takes the rider through amazing high views. The trail is rocky and is a single track, taking changes in elevation and difficulty for eight miles.    ...
  • Ruby Canyon Cycles
    301 Main St.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Colorado National Monument
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert bighorn sheep, soaring eagles, and a...
  • Matchett Park
    28 1/4 Road & Patterson Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Open space with 18-hole disc golf course
  • 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...
  • 1340 Gunnison Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Free Lunch Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Lunch Line Trail is part of the Lunch Loop Trail System....
  • Sports Facilities
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • No Thoroughfare Canyon
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail runs along the south side of the Colorado National Monument and is an easy to difficult hike. Caves, rock formations, streams, waterfalls and  water pools make this...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Island Acres Section
    1055 Interstate 70
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Visitors enjoy eighty clean and comfortable campsites with access to fishing, swimming and watchable wildlife opportunities
  • 18 Road Trails Area
    Fruita
    Fruita, CO 81521
    This is what put Fruita on the mountain biking map! The North Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area includes 72,000 acres and 250 miles of designated recreation routes. Much of the area...