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Grand Junction, home to the Colorado National Monument, has a solid network of trails. The most well-known trails, called the Lunch Loops, are challenging, and endlessly fun.

Grand Junction and Fruita are only a few miles apart, so you don't even have to choose. Make sure to visit the Lunch Loops the next time you come to camp in Fruita. It's worth the detour!

Grand Junction tourism has an extensive website that's helpful for many of the other things you need for your trip when you're not on the bike: visitgrandjunction.com.

Gems in Grand Junction - 3

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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

(9) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Coke Ovens Trail.

Coke Ovens Overlook

(7) 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

(9) Redlands, CO

Recommended Routes in Grand Junction - 13

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Favorite Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Intermediate/Difficult 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 Panorama of Liberty Cap during a winter sunrise. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Difficult Difficult

Lower Liberty Cap Trail Out and Back

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

Redlands, CO
Favorite View from the trail.
Intermediate Intermediate

Devils Kitchen

1.1 mi 1.8 km 242' Up 73.74 m Up 242' Down 73.82 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Window Rock.
Intermediate Intermediate

Window Rock Lollipop Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 182' Up 55.36 m Up 182' Down 55.4 m Down

Fruita, CO
Favorite Rough Canyon Trail.
Intermediate Intermediate

Mica Mine up Ladder Canyon Out and Back

5.2 mi 8.4 km 593' Up 180.75 m Up 593' Down 180.86 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Rough Canyon Trail.
Difficult 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 View from the trail.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km 1,980' Up 603.57 m Up 161' Down 49.02 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Soaking up the desert sun on the Eagle's Wing descent.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Eagle's Nest Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km 1,168' Up 355.87 m Up 1,170' Down 356.6 m Down

Orchard…, CO
Favorite Expect an amazing sunset like this every evening in GJ.
Intermediate Intermediate

Serpents Trail

3.8 mi 6.1 km 789' Up 240.51 m Up 789' Down 240.47 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Sun rising over Grand Mesa.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Matchett 3 Mile

3.1 mi 4.9 km 58' Up 17.77 m Up 57' Down 17.25 m Down

Fruitvale, CO
Favorite A dry river runs through it
Intermediate Intermediate

Ottos Bathtub

8.5 mi 13.7 km 696' Up 212.02 m Up 695' Down 211.81 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Coke Ovens from the north.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Coke Ovens Out and Back

1.0 mi 1.7 km 156' Up 47.59 m Up 156' Down 47.59 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Panorama from the intersection of CCC Trail and Black Ridge Trail. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Intermediate Intermediate

Black Ridge Trail

11.4 mi 18.3 km 1,204' Up 366.84 m Up 1,203' Down 366.81 m Down

Redlands, CO

Grand Junction Running

  • 119 Miles 192 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 7 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 30 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 15 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Grand Junction - 39

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5.8 mi 9.4 km #1Monument Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO 17 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #2The Ribbon
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
4.1 mi 6.6 km #3Ute Canyon Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Redlands, CO
2.7 mi 4.3 km #4Holy Cross Trail
Difficult Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #5Corkscrew Trail
Difficult Difficult
Redlands, CO
Difficult Difficult
Redlands, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #6Canyon Rim Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Fruita, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #7Wedding Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #8Otto's Trail
Easy Easy
Fruita, CO
Easy Easy
Fruita, CO
3.0 mi 4.8 km #9Andy's Loop
Difficult Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
0.3 mi 0.5 km #10Devils Kitchen Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Redlands, CO

Photos of Grand Junction - 86

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Eagle's Nest summit tree.
Jul 13, 2015 near Redlands, CO
Soaking up the desert sun on the Eagle's Wing descent.
Jul 13, 2015 near Orchard…, CO
A dry river runs through it
Jul 14, 2015 near Redlands, CO
If you are photographer, go in the early morning for beautiful orange glow. You'll also have the place to yourself!
Jan 9, 2016 near Redlands, CO
No Thoroughfare Canyon. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Trail thought the little valley
Mar 11, 2019 near Orchard…, CO
Looking over the Edge inside the Devil's Kitchen Formation...
Aug 7, 2021 near Redlands, CO
View from the trail.
Sep 5, 2023 near Redlands, CO