Horsethief Bench Loop
ElevationAscent: 447' 136 m
Descent: -447' -136 m
High: 4,794' 1,461 m
Low: 4,504' 1,373 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“It doesn't get much better than this scenic desert cruise over the Colorado River.”— Nicholas Shannon
Once down on the bench, run the loop clockwise. Around the first corner, you'll come to a slickrock-like drop onto a sandy floor. The trail then meets the edge of the bench overlooking the river with several incredible viewpoints, a few small rock ledges, and then pokes in and out of small side canyons.
Once you turn in, away from the benches edge, you'll come to many rock ledges. Soon, this trail becomes much easier. You'll leave the rock behind and work your way through grassy terrain on smooth dirt singletrack, along a huge rock wall. Finish with a gentle climb until you return to the intense entrance section.
Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Grand Junction Field Office