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1,610 mi 2,591 km of trail 27 Recommended Routes

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gem Favorite Without spoiling the surprise of the Bathtub, here is the view into Monument Canyon from the location.  Just make your way, carefully to the edge to see a piece of history.

Otto's Bathtub

(7) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Span from above

Rattlesnake Arch

(4) Loma, CO
gem Favorite Coke Ovens Trail.

Coke Ovens Overlook

(4) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Panorama of Liberty Cap during a winter sunrise. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew

Liberty Cap

(8) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Window Rock.

Book Cliffs View

(5) Fruita, CO

Recommended Routes in Western Colorado - 28

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Favorite Cedar arch (or First Arch). The scramble goes up the middle.
Difficult

Rattlesnake Arches and Pollock Bench

16.4 mi 26.4 km 2,587' Up 788.61 m Up 2,588' Down 788.68 m Down

Fruita, CO
Favorite A glimpse of the petroglyphs.
Intermediate/Difficult

Palisade Rim Trail

8.8 mi 14.2 km 1,514' Up 461.39 m Up 1,515' Down 461.72 m Down

Palisade, CO
Favorite Looking back down the spine of the initial climb. This is particularly dangerous when the trail is muddy.
Difficult

Mount Garfield Trail

3.6 mi 5.7 km 1,906' Up 580.8 m Up 1,904' Down 580.35 m Down

Palisade, CO
Favorite The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Intermediate/Difficult

Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon

7.2 mi 11.5 km 961' Up 292.84 m Up 960' Down 292.75 m Down

Fruita, CO
Favorite Black Canyon
Intermediate

North Vista Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km 1,169' Up 356.18 m Up 1,169' Down 356.24 m Down

Olathe, CO
Favorite Running the Grand Mesa Ultras
Difficult

Grand Mesa Crag Crest Loop

10.9 mi 17.6 km 1,521' Up 463.69 m Up 1,540' Down 469.29 m Down

Cedaredge, CO
Favorite Rough Canyon Trail.
Difficult

Rough Canyon Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km 1,070' Up 326.22 m Up 1,067' Down 325.2 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Wildwood Trailhead
Difficult

Lower Liberty Cap Trail

3.3 mi 5.4 km 1,103' Up 336.17 m Up 1,103' Down 336.07 m Down

Redlands, CO

Trails in Western Colorado - 425

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13.7 mi 22.0 km #1Big Dominguez Canyon
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Intermediate
Palisade, CO 19 
20.8 mi 33.4 km #2Sidewinder Trail
Difficult
Olathe, CO
Difficult
Olathe, CO
5.1 mi 8.2 km #3P1 - Pollock Bench Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
3.0 mi 4.8 km #4The Ribbon
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km #5Gates of Lodore Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rangely, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Rangely, CO
118.9 mi 191.3 km #6Paradox Trail
Difficult
Gateway, CO
Difficult
Gateway, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #7Jumbo Ridge
Difficult
Paonia, CO
Difficult
Paonia, CO
2.6 mi 4.2 km #8Mica Mine up Ladder Canyon
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO 13 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #9Stairway to Heaven
Intermediate
New Castle, CO
Intermediate
New Castle, CO
4.1 mi 6.5 km #10Deep Creek Trail #709
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
2.7 mi 4.3 km #11Holy Cross Trail
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #12Ridge of Doom
Intermediate
Paonia, CO
Intermediate
Paonia, CO
5.2 mi 8.4 km #13Blue Creek Trail #620
Difficult
Gateway, CO
Difficult
Gateway, CO
3.2 mi 5.2 km #14Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section
Difficult
Fruita, CO
Difficult
Fruita, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km #15Hill Creek Trail #2255
Difficult
New Castle, CO
Difficult
New Castle, CO
6.1 mi 9.8 km #16Western Rim
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT
0.8 mi 1.3 km #17Switchback Trail #705
Difficult
Palisade, CO
Difficult
Palisade, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #18Coyote Trail
Easy
Silt, CO
Easy
Silt, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #19Hidden Valley Trail
Intermediate
Meeker, CO
Intermediate
Meeker, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #20Spring Cave Trail #1834
Easy/Intermediate
New Castle, CO
Easy/Intermediate
New Castle, CO

Photos of Western Colorado - 296

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A rare wild beasty!
Mar 15, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
Beautiful desert running over the Colorado River on Horsethief Bench. Photo: Michelle Smith. Runner: Jordan Fields
May 2, 2016 near Loma, CO
There it is! The Independence Monument
Jul 31, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Running the Grand Mesa Ultras
Mar 15, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
Soaking up the desert sun on the Eagle's Wing descent.
Jul 13, 2015 near Orchard…, CO
Window Rock.
Jul 22, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Runners on the Grand Mesa Ultras Course traversing Crag Crest
Mar 13, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO