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Grand Junction, home to the Colorado National Monument, has a solid network of trails. The most well-known trails, called the Lunch Loops, are challenging, and endlessly fun.

Grand Junction and Fruita are only a few miles apart, so you don't even have to choose. Make sure to visit the Lunch Loops the next time you come to camp in Fruita. It's worth the detour!

Grand Junction tourism has an extensive website that's helpful for many of the other things you need for your trip when you're not on the bike: visitgrandjunction.com.

Gems in Grand Junction - 4

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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 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

Recommended Routes in Grand Junction - 13

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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 The base of the cliffs on Monument Canyon Trail, the day before the snow
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 Wildwood Trailhead
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 Rough Canyon Trail.
Difficult

Rough Canyon Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km 1,070' Up 326.22 m Up 1,067' Down 325.2 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Looking into a sandstone side canyon.
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
Favorite Window Rock.
Intermediate

Window Rock Lollipop Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 182' Up 55.36 m Up 182' Down 55.4 m Down

Fruita, CO
Favorite Taking the ice tools for a walk up to Devils Kitchen after checking to see if the ice was in at No Thoroughfare Canyon.
Intermediate/Difficult

No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km 1,980' Up 603.57 m Up 161' Down 49.02 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Eagle's Nest summit tree.
Difficult

Eagle's Nest Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km 1,168' Up 355.87 m Up 1,170' Down 356.6 m Down

Orchard…, CO
Favorite Sun rising over Grand Mesa.
Easy

Matchett 3 Mile

3.1 mi 4.9 km 58' Up 17.77 m Up 57' Down 17.25 m Down

Fruitvale, CO
Favorite Taking the ice tools for a walk up to Devils Kitchen after checking to see if the ice was in at No Thoroughfare Canyon.
Intermediate

Serpents Trail

3.8 mi 6.1 km 789' Up 240.51 m Up 789' Down 240.47 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Panorama from the intersection of CCC Trail and Black Ridge Trail. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Intermediate

Black Ridge Trail

11.4 mi 18.3 km 1,204' Up 366.84 m Up 1,203' Down 366.81 m Down

Redlands, CO
Favorite Coke Ovens from the north.
Easy/Intermediate

Coke Ovens

1.0 mi 1.7 km 156' Up 47.59 m Up 156' Down 47.59 m Down

Redlands, CO

Grand Junction Hiking

  • 200 Miles 323 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 10 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 26 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Grand Junction - 37

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3.0 mi 4.8 km #1The Ribbon
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Very Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
2.6 mi 4.2 km #2Mica Mine up Ladder Canyon
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO 13 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Holy Cross Trail
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
5.8 mi 9.4 km #4Monument Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
Fruita, CO 14 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #5Ute Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #6Corkscrew Trail
Difficult
Redlands, CO
Difficult
Redlands, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #7Otto's Trail
Easy
Fruita, CO
Easy
Fruita, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Wedding Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
6.1 mi 9.7 km #9Gunny Loop
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
Difficult
Orchard Mesa, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #10Canyon Rim Trail
Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate
Fruita, CO

Photos of Grand Junction - 135

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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
Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
More beautiful formations with cloud and sun caught during the end of a storm
Apr 22, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Trail thought the little valley
Mar 11, 2019 near Orchard…, CO
Eagle's Nest summit tree.
Jul 13, 2015 near Redlands, CO
A 3rd grade class enjoys a spring field trip into Echo Canyon
May 27, 2015 near Redlands, CO