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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 - 3

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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

(9) Redlands, CO
gem Favorite Coke Ovens Trail.

Coke Ovens Overlook

(7) 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

(9) Redlands, CO

Recommended Routes in Grand Junction - 11

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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 Monumental in Grand Junction, this is what running on the Western Slope is all about
Intermediate

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 Eagle's Nest summit tree.
Intermediate/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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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

Grand Junction Hiking

  • 172 Miles 277 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 29 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 15 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Grand Junction - 39

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5.8 mi 9.4 km #1Monument Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO 17 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #2Wedding Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #3Echo Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #4Corkscrew Trail
Difficult
Redlands, CO
Difficult
Redlands, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5Little Dolores Trail #2648
Intermediate
Gateway, CO
Intermediate
Gateway, CO
1.6 mi 2.5 km #6Turkey Flats Trail #2661
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
Intermediate
Redlands, CO
4.4 mi 7.0 km #7Ridge Trail #2646
Easy
Gateway, CO
Easy
Gateway, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #8Haypress Trail #2662
Intermediate
Gateway, CO
Intermediate
Gateway, CO
2.4 mi 3.9 km #9Black Pine Trail #2647
Easy
Gateway, CO
Easy
Gateway, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #10Reservoir #1 Trail #2663
Intermediate
Gateway, CO
Intermediate
Gateway, CO

Photos of Grand Junction - 85

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A 3rd grade class enjoys a spring field trip into Echo Canyon
May 27, 2015 near Redlands, CO
Eagle's Nest summit tree.
Jul 13, 2015 near Redlands, CO
A dry river runs through it
Jul 14, 2015 near Redlands, CO
Taking the ice tools for a walk up to Devils Kitchen after checking to see if the ice was in at No Thoroughfare Canyon.
Nov 8, 2015 near Redlands, CO
If you are photographer, go in the early morning for beautiful orange glow. You'll also have the place to yourself!
Jan 9, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Trail work on No Throughfair Canyon Trail, Colorado National Monument, Colorado.
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
No Thoroughfare Canyon. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Trail thought the little valley
Mar 11, 2019 near Orchard…, CO