Grand Junction, Colorado is a virtual hiking paradise for hikers of all skill levels. The city gets it name because it is the junction where the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers meet. These rivers have carved out canyons creating the vast opportunities for hiking and adventure. Grand Junction is the home of the Colorado Monument. Bangs Canyon containing miles of trails lies just to the south of the Colorado Monument. Just to north is the McInnis National Conservation Area which offers some of the most exciting hiking trails in the region. These opportunities are all contained within what is known as the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness.
Getting to Grand Junction
Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope and is situated at the junction of Interstate 70 and Highway 50 making it very accessible from Montrose, Denver, and from Utah to the west. It serves as hub for transportation and shipping between Denver and Salt Lake City. The Grand Junction Regional Airport offers services to and from Denver, Phoenix, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles.
The Monument offers one of the most panoramic views of red rock formations in the United States. The Rim Rock Drive is a breathtaking journey extending for 23 miles with awe-inspiring views at every twist and turn. You might even be treated to a sighting of mountain sheep that inhabit the Monument. The hiking trails within the Monument provide a unique experience and an opportunity to view the red rocks formations and canyon walls that are so prevalent throughout the park.
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is actually a part of the Uncompahre Plateau which is like a giant wave extending above the Grand Valley. The canyons descend to the Colorado River creating some of the most unique and stunning land formations in the country. These formations include Rattlesnake Canyon, Dinosaur Hill, Devils Canyon, Mee Canyon, and Knowles Canyon. This is rugged high desert terrain that provides unparalleled beauty and splendor.
This area provides an unbelievable amount of hiking activity on a year round basis. Grand Junction is an hour and 15 minute drive from Montrose giving our base camp wonderful hiking opportunities. We provide a list of hikes and will enhance this information at a later date.