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1,600 mi 2,575 km of trail 27 Featured Hikes

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 188 Trails Intermediate Trails 207 Trails Hard Trails 54 Trails
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Gems in Western Colorado - 5

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gem Favorite Without spoiling the surprise of the Bathtub, here is the view into Monument Canyon from the location.  Just make your way, carefully to the edge to see a piece of history.

Otto's Bathtub

(7) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Span from above

Rattlesnake Arch

(4) Loma, CO
gem Favorite Coke Ovens Trail.

Coke Ovens Overlook

(4) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Panorama of Liberty Cap during a winter sunrise. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew

Liberty Cap

(8) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Window Rock.

Book Cliffs View

(5) Fruita, CO

Featured Hikes in Western Colorado - 25

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Favorite Cedar arch (or First Arch). The scramble goes up the middle.
Difficult

Rattlesnake Arches and Pollock Bench

16.4 mi 26.4 km • Loop • 2,587 ft Ascent 788.61 m Ascent

(18) Fruita, CO
Favorite A glimpse of the petroglyphs.
Intermediate/Difficult

Palisade Rim Trail

8.8 mi 14.2 km • Loop • 1,514 ft Ascent 461.39 m Ascent

(25) Palisade, CO
Favorite The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Intermediate

Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon

7.2 mi 11.5 km • Loop • 961 ft Ascent 292.84 m Ascent

(18) Fruita, CO
Favorite Black Canyon
Intermediate

North Vista Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km • Out and Back • 1,169 ft Ascent 356.18 m Ascent

(22) Olathe, CO
Favorite Looking back down the spine of the initial climb. This is particularly dangerous when the trail is muddy.
Difficult

Mount Garfield Trail

3.6 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 1,906 ft Ascent 580.8 m Ascent

(22) Palisade, CO
Favorite Wolverine Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Grand Mesa Crag Crest Loop

10.9 mi 17.6 km • Loop • 1,521 ft Ascent 463.69 m Ascent

(11) Cedaredge, CO
Favorite Rough Canyon Trail.
Difficult

Rough Canyon Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 1,070 ft Ascent 326.22 m Ascent

(7) Redlands, CO

Trails in Western Colorado - 422

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13.7 mi 22.0 km #1Big Dominguez Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Easy/Intermediate
13.7 mi 22.0 km Palisade, CO 14 
5.1 mi 8.2 km #2P1 - Pollock Bench Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
5.1 mi 8.2 km Fruita, CO
20.8 mi 33.4 km #3Sidewinder Trail
Difficult
Olathe, CO
Difficult
20.8 mi 33.4 km Olathe, CO
3.0 mi 4.8 km #4The Ribbon
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
3.0 mi 4.8 km Orchard Mesa, CO
118.9 mi 191.3 km #5Paradox Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gateway, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
118.9 mi 191.3 km Gateway, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #6Jumbo Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult
Paonia, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Paonia, CO
4.0 mi 6.4 km #7China Wall Trail
Intermediate
Meeker, CO
Intermediate
4.0 mi 6.4 km Meeker, CO
2.0 mi 3.2 km #8Stairway to Heaven
Intermediate
New Castle, CO
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km New Castle, CO
4.1 mi 6.5 km #9Deep Creek Trail #709
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Intermediate
4.1 mi 6.5 km Palisade, CO
10.3 mi 16.6 km #10Sarlacc Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
10.3 mi 16.6 km Fruita, CO
2.7 mi 4.3 km #11Holy Cross Trail
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Orchard Mesa, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #12Ridge of Doom
Intermediate
Paonia, CO
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Paonia, CO
5.2 mi 8.4 km #13Blue Creek Trail #620
Intermediate/Difficult
Gateway, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
5.2 mi 8.4 km Gateway, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #14Harpers Corner Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rangely, CO
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Rangely, CO
3.2 mi 5.2 km #15Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section
Difficult
Fruita, CO
Difficult
3.2 mi 5.2 km Fruita, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #16Switchback Trail #705
Difficult
Palisade, CO
Difficult
0.8 mi 1.3 km Palisade, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km #17Hill Creek Trail #2255
Difficult
New Castle, CO
Difficult
4.5 mi 7.3 km New Castle, CO
6.1 mi 9.8 km #18Western Rim
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
6.1 mi 9.8 km Moab, UT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #19Hidden Valley Trail
Intermediate
Meeker, CO
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Meeker, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #20Coyote Trail
Easy
Silt, CO
Easy
0.6 mi 1.0 km Silt, CO

Photos of Western Colorado - 277

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A rare wild beasty!
Mar 15, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
There it is! The Independence Monument
Jul 31, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Window Rock.
Jul 22, 2016 near Fruita, CO
The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Independence Monument.
Jul 21, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Wolverine Lake
Jul 14, 2015 near Cedaredge, CO
Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
One of the many views of the Black Canyon. This shot taken at Exclamation Point.
Aug 8, 2016 near Olathe, CO

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