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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

(8) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Rattlesnake Arch #Nomad_Dave for size reference. Nature is beautiful and part of who we are but also unforgiving and deadly, so take care of yourself out there.

Rattlesnake Arch

(5) Loma, 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
gem Favorite Coke Ovens Trail.

Coke Ovens Overlook

(5) Redlands, CO

Recommended Routes in Western Colorado - 27

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Favorite Rattlesnake Arch #Nomad_Dave for size reference. Nature is beautiful and part of who we are but also unforgiving and deadly, so take care of yourself out there.
Difficult

Rattlesnake Arches and Pollock Bench

16.4 mi 26.4 km 2,587' Up 788.61 m Up 2,588' Down 788.68 m Down

Fruita, CO
Favorite Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Intermediate/Difficult

Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon

7.2 mi 11.5 km 961' Up 292.84 m Up 960' Down 292.75 m Down

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

Palisade Rim Trail

8.8 mi 14.2 km 1,514' Up 461.39 m Up 1,515' Down 461.72 m Down

Palisade, 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 1,906' Up 580.8 m Up 1,904' Down 580.35 m Down

Palisade, CO
Favorite Black Canyon
Intermediate

North Vista Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km 1,169' Up 356.18 m Up 1,169' Down 356.24 m Down

Olathe, CO
Favorite Wolverine Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Grand Mesa Crag Crest Loop

10.9 mi 17.6 km 1,521' Up 463.69 m Up 1,540' Down 469.29 m Down

Cedaredge, CO
Favorite Panorama of Liberty Cap during a winter sunrise. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Difficult

Lower Liberty Cap Trail

3.3 mi 5.4 km 1,103' Up 336.17 m Up 1,103' Down 336.07 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite D3 in the snow.
Intermediate/Difficult

The Cabin Loop

6.9 mi 11.1 km 798' Up 243.3 m Up 794' Down 241.91 m Down

Fruita, CO
Favorite If you are photographer, go in the early morning for beautiful orange glow. You'll also have the place to yourself!
Intermediate

Devils Kitchen

1.1 mi 1.8 km 242' Up 73.74 m Up 242' Down 73.82 m Down

Redlands, CO

Western Colorado Hiking

  • 2,290 Miles 3,685 Kilometers of Trail
  • 30 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 107 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 234 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 117 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Western Colorado - 428

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13.7 mi 22.0 km #1Big Dominguez Canyon
Intermediate
Palisade, CO
Intermediate
Palisade, CO 20 
5.1 mi 8.2 km #2P1 - Pollock Bench Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
20.8 mi 33.4 km #3Sidewinder Trail
Difficult
Olathe, CO
Difficult
Olathe, CO
5.8 mi 9.4 km #4Monument Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
Fruita, CO 16 
2.6 mi 4.2 km #5Mica Mine up Ladder Canyon
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO 15 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #6The Ribbon
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
5.5 mi 8.8 km #7Three Forks Trail #2150
Intermediate/Difficult
Silt, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silt, CO
4.1 mi 6.6 km #8Ute Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
118.9 mi 191.3 km #9Paradox Trail
Difficult
Gateway, CO
Difficult
Gateway, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #10Jumbo Ridge
Difficult
Paonia, CO
Difficult
Paonia, CO

Photos of Western Colorado - 331

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Rattlesnake Arch #Nomad_Dave for size reference. Nature is beautiful and part of who we are but also unforgiving and deadly, so take care of yourself out there.
Oct 27, 2019 near Loma, CO
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
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
Overlooking the Colorado River
Sep 2, 2021 near Loma, CO