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Wedding Canyon Trail

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 4.3 (4)

A different way to run up to Monument Canyon.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

86%

Runnable

5,287' 1,612 m

High

4,685' 1,428 m

Low

647' 197 m

Up

121' 37 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

There are some steep sections to climb, stay on the trail. There is no better way to see Monument Canyon than running it!

Description

From the trailhead, stay to the right at the fork, the left goes to Monument Valley Trail. About half a mile along, there will be a drop down through some technical terrain before heading into the canyon.

The trail leaves the canyon floor and heads up to the left heading south. There is a lot of elevation gain heading towards the trail merge by the spire. Many parts of this ascent will have some loose gravel and caution should be taken in the technical areas. While the trend is an ascent the are still some rollers through this trail.

The last 0.5 miles is fairly steady and a small climb compared to the climbing that preceded it. Once at the trail merge, there are two options on Monument Valley Trail, turn right and enjoy the twists and turns or go left and return to the trailhead. There is always the option of turning around and making it an out and back.

Flora & Fauna

Jackrabbits can be seen as well as lizards and deer in the cool morning or late evening.

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Shared By:

Tom Wolfe

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Photos

The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Independence Monument (left) and the Pipe Organ formation (center right)
Nov 25, 2020 near Fruita, CO
Sentinel Spire keeping watch over Wedding Canyon.
Jul 14, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Looking down Wedding Canyon. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jul 14, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Panoramic view west from the northmost point of the Wedding Canyon trail with hint of autumn
Nov 25, 2020 near Fruita, CO
Sandstone notch in the direction of Lizard Canyon northwest viewed from the northmost point of the Wedding Canyon Trail
Nov 25, 2020 near Fruita, CO

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