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Rabbit’s Ear

Intermediate
 4.8 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An awesome run with views of the Colorado River, the La Sal Mountains, and Mee Canyon.


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6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

91%

Runnable

5,726' 1,745 m

High

5,017' 1,529 m

Low

792' 241 m

Up

792' 241 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views

Directions:
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From Grand Junction, head west on I-70 to Rabbit Valley (exit 2). Turn south and cross the overpass and into the Rabbit Valley OHV parking area. Turn left on the gravel road just after the first parking area and drive 4.5 miles to the Rabbit’s Ear Trailhead.

Overview

This run is the perfect getaway from the crowds usually found in the Colorado National Monument. Most folks might be thinking, "...running. In Fruita!?" Alas, it's here, and it's good!

Earn awesome views of the river, the far-off mountains, and some unique canyons.

Need to Know

Bring a lot of water for this exposed, hot run.

Runner Notes

This is hot, exposed run, but it provides awesome views and doesn't have the crowds found at Colorado National Monument.

Description

From the trailhead, head south and enjoy great views of Rabbit Valley and the Grand Valley. After passing through a sandstone slot, you’ll emerge to a La Sal Mountain's vista in the distance and the Colorado River below you before proceeding to a trail junction.

Take the right fork and work your way along the southern edge of Rabbit’s Ear before ascending to the mesa top. Follow the trail around the mesa with awesome vantage points of the Colorado River, Mee Canyon, and the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness.

In the summer, keep an eye out for boaters on the Colorado River and camping at the mouth of Mee Canyon. Advance along the mesa top before descending the northeast side of the mesa and reconnecting with the trail heading back to the trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 8 votes

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Photos

The Colorado River winds its way through the desert sandstone.
Dec 6, 2020 near Loma, CO
A dashing view with my friend's dog Dash.
Dec 6, 2020 near Loma, CO
A comprehensive slideshow of photos from Rabbit's Ear Trail.
Apr 25, 2016 near Loma, CO
In the spring and summer you can often find delightful wildflowers offering a splash a color on your hike. But come winter it is the lichen that add the eye popping colored fun. What do the patterns "say" to you??
Dec 6, 2020 near Loma, CO
Mormon Tea is a common plant in Western Colorado. Navajo Indians are said to have made a cough medicine from the tops, while Mormons made a tea that is supposedly a laxative.
Dec 6, 2020 near Loma, CO
The short narrow section is a favorite spot along the trail.
Dec 6, 2020 near Loma, CO

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Oct 17, 2020
Lanier Bolmer
May 28, 2020
Laura L.
2h 25m
Nov 8, 2018
Aestes
ankle injured, ran in brace. gorgeous 6.3mi
Sep 3, 2017
Amanda Maughan
May 5, 2017
Christopher Harrington
The back side of the loop was really pretty! Saw one person on the trail. Elevation gain was about 1000 ft. 6.2mi