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Grand Junction

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140 mi 225 km of trail 12 Runs

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 9 Trails Intermediate Trails 26 Trails Hard Trails 14 Trails

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.

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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 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

Runs in Grand Junction - 12

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Favorite The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Intermediate

Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon

7.2 mi 11.5 km • Loop • 961 ft Ascent 292.84 m Ascent

(19) Fruita, 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 • Loop • 1,906 ft Ascent 580.8 m Ascent

(23) Palisade, CO
Favorite Rough Canyon Trail.
Difficult

Rough Canyon Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 1,070 ft Ascent 326.22 m Ascent

(7) Redlands, CO
Favorite Running back at sunset with Phantom Spire in the distance.
Intermediate

The Cabin Loop

6.9 mi 11.1 km • Loop • 798 ft Ascent 243.3 m Ascent

(12) Fruita, CO
Favorite Wildwood Trailhead
Difficult

Lower Liberty Cap Trail

3.3 mi 5.4 km • Out and Back • 1,103 ft Ascent 336.17 m Ascent

(12) Redlands, CO
Favorite If you are photographer, go in the early morning for beautiful orange glow. You'll also have the place to yourself!
Intermediate

Devils Kitchen

1.1 mi 1.8 km • Out and Back • 242 ft Ascent 73.74 m Ascent

(13) Redlands, CO
Favorite Window Rock.
Intermediate

Window Rock Lollipop Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km • Loop • 182 ft Ascent 55.36 m Ascent

(5) Fruita, CO
Favorite No Thoroughfare Canyon. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Intermediate

No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km • Point to Point • 1,980 ft Ascent 603.57 m Ascent

(15) Redlands, CO
Favorite Soaking up the desert sun on the Eagle's Wing descent.
Difficult

Eagle's Nest Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km • Out and Back • 1,168 ft Ascent 355.87 m Ascent

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

Serpents Trail

3.8 mi 6.1 km • Loop • 789 ft Ascent 240.51 m Ascent

(10) 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

Black Ridge Trail

11.4 mi 18.3 km • Out and Back • 1,204 ft Ascent 366.84 m Ascent

(4) Redlands, CO
Favorite Coke Ovens from the north.
Intermediate

Coke Ovens

1.0 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 156 ft Ascent 47.59 m Ascent

(3) Redlands, CO

Trails in Grand Junction - 37

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3.0 mi 4.8 km #1The Ribbon
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Very Difficult
3.0 mi 4.8 km Orchard Mesa, CO
2.7 mi 4.3 km #2Holy Cross Trail
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Orchard Mesa, CO
2.6 mi 4.2 km #3Mica Mine up Ladder Canyon
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
2.6 mi 4.2 km Redlands, CO 12 
5.8 mi 9.4 km #4Monument Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
5.8 mi 9.4 km Fruita, CO 14 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #5Ute Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
4.1 mi 6.6 km Redlands, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #6Otto's Trail
Easy
Fruita, CO
Easy
0.4 mi 0.6 km Fruita, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #7Corkscrew Trail
Difficult
Redlands, CO
Difficult
1.3 mi 2.2 km Redlands, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Wedding Canyon Trail
Difficult
Fruita, CO
Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Fruita, CO
6.1 mi 9.7 km #9Gunny Loop
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
6.1 mi 9.7 km Orchard Mesa, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #10Canyon Rim Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Fruita, CO
3.0 mi 4.8 km #11Andy's Loop
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
3.0 mi 4.8 km Orchard Mesa, CO
4.9 mi 7.8 km #12D3 - Devils Canyon Loop
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
4.9 mi 7.8 km Fruita, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #13Devils Canyon D5 Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Fruita, CO
0.3 mi 0.5 km #14Devils Kitchen Trail
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.5 km Redlands, CO
4.9 mi 7.9 km #15Bench Route
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
4.9 mi 7.9 km Redlands, CO
2.4 mi 3.8 km #16D4 - Devils Canyon
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.8 km Fruita, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #17Coke Ovens Trail
Easy
Redlands, CO
Easy
0.4 mi 0.6 km Redlands, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #18Twist-N-Shout
Intermediate
Orchard Mesa, CO
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Orchard Mesa, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #19Eagle's Tail
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Orchard Mesa, CO
6.3 mi 10.1 km #20Butterknife Trail
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
6.3 mi 10.1 km Orchard Mesa, CO

Photos of Grand Junction - 116

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There it is! The Independence Monument
Jul 31, 2016 near Fruita, 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
The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Independence Monument.
Jul 21, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
More beautiful formations with cloud and sun caught during the end of a storm
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Running back at sunset with Phantom Spire in the distance.
Jul 17, 2015 near Fruita, CO

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