ElevationAscent: 618' 188 m
Descent: -477' -145 m
High: 5,037' 1,535 m
Low: 4,441' 1,354 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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Desert RATS Kokopelli 150
143.4 mi 230.8 km • Point to Point • 15,016 ft Ascent 4577 m Ascent
1.0 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 156 ft Ascent 47.59 m Ascent
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Rough Canyon Loop
4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 1,070 ft Ascent 326.22 m Ascent
“A trail with grand views of the Colorado River.”— Janice Shepherd
Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
You can run the Jouflas Trail in either direction. The southwest end of this singletrack trail starts along the McDonald Creek Trail.
Follow the singletrack trail as it winds its way through a pretty juniper pinyon forest. Once the trail gets close to the rim looking over the Colorado River, you should pause to enjoy the dramatic canyon with the river far below. Here you may see a train going by or river rafters. All too soon the trail leaves the Colorado behind and follows below a line of huge sandstone walls to get back to where Jouflas Trail meets the a cattle fence. Make a left turn and stay on the south side of the cattle fence until you reach the road and the northern end of Jouflas Loop.
Follow McDonald Creek Trail southwest out of the parking area. It enters a wash and then leaves it immediately to by-pass a large bend in the wash. Follow McDonald Creek Trail until that trail drops down past a dry fall. Although not marked with a sign at the time of this writing, there is a pronounced trail marked with cairns heading off to the left (southeast). This is the start of Jouflas Trail.
Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Grand Junction Field Office