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Monument Canyon Trail



5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable


Ascent: 1,535' 468 m
Descent: -145' -44 m
High: 6,122' 1,866 m
Low: 4,731' 1,442 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)


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Trail shared by Tom Wolfe

An awesome trail into Monument Canyon with stunning views.

Tom Wolfe

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The trail starts at the fence for the east entrance to Monument Canyon. Begin to climb and follow the trail as it climbs steadily for around a mile with variations of rock, technical spots and packed trail.

There are several cliffs rising above the trail on your right as you ascend to the spire. There are trail markers when you get to the split between the trail and Wedding Canyon Trail. Continue on to the left and there are rollers for the next few miles as the trail will twist and turns working its way around smaller little canyons working its way up to Rimrock Dr. I recommend turning around unless you want more mileage or someone is picking you up at the top.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards are everywhere, could see a jackrabbit and bighorn sheep. Deer can sometimes be seen early in the morning or late evening.

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Sep 1, 2019
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11.9mi — 2h 30m
May 21, 2019
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Feb 25, 2017
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2,283 Since Apr 22, 2015



The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 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
Kissing Couple as sen from the Monument Canyon Trail
May 5, 2015 near Redlands, CO
Other side of Kissing Couple monolith
May 5, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Grinding up the steepest part of the metamorphic rock late in the day.
Jul 14, 2015 near Fruita, CO


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