Black Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,204' 367 m
Descent: -1,203' -367 m
High: 6,728' 2,051 m
Low: 5,799' 1,768 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“The highest trail in the Monument with views of the Grand Valley and Utah through rolling terrain.”— Andrew Walters
A couple of fences with steps will be encountered as you traverse the broad ridge and finally about 3.5 miles into the run you'll come to a rocky bridge that separates two canyons in the park. When you reach signs for the Fruita Dugway (unimproved trail), stay right to descend the final technical section and then 0.25 mile of dirt road to reach the visitor center.
This trail works well as an out and back of any distance, a shuttle run if someone is able to drive for you or as a way to link Monument Canyon and Liberty Cap/Ute Canyon.
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Local Club: Mesa Monument Striders
Land Manager: National Park Service - Colorado National Monument