Whether you live here in Grand Junction or are just stopping by for a visit, you can’t deny that one of the biggest perks of this area is the scenery. Luckily, there are plenty of lovely trails right outside our back doors.
The next time you decide to hit the trails, try one of these scenic trails with a view. You won’t have to travel very far, either!
We might as well start this list off with a local favorite. The 3.6-mile out-and-back trail is rated difficult due to the steep elevation gain, but the reward is worth the work. From the summit, you’ll have an unfiltered view of the entire Grand Valley, including Grand Junction and the always-impressive Bookcliffs.
Another classic in the Bookcliffs, this moderate trail is approximately 5 miles roundtrip, but you could add more mileage if you wanted.
Alongside chalky white sandstone and valley-wide views, you’ll also get to walk right through history — this trail is part of a route that was used by the stage line that once ran between Grand Junction and the Grand Valley.
This is another “choose your own adventure” type of trail, because you could theoretically spend entire weeks traversing this small slice of Western Colorado.
Park at the trailhead, and get ready to explore. The red canyon walls frame from your view as you discover petroglyphs, scope out rock shelters, chase waterfalls, and look out for wildlife.
You won’t snag sweeping views from elevated vantage points on this trail, but you can’t beat the proximity to town. Stroll along the Colorado River and enjoy the 22-mile path that runs from Heritage Park in Fruita to Riverbend Park in Palisade. It’s a pleasant way to start or end the day, and you’ll never be far from something interesting.
Despite its short length at only 3.4 miles, this historic trail boasts 16 switchbacks, making it a popular route for fitness lovers who live in the area. There’s no rule saying you have to treat this hike as a training event, either. A great way to experience this trail is to hike it at different times of the day — sunset, sunrise, and even moonlight all offer a completely different experience.
Can’t make it to Arches National Park in Utah? That won’t be a problem, because this trail has the highest concentration of natural arches outside of the famed park. It’s not just about the arches, either. You’ll also find spires, giant alcoves, rock windows, and some seriously scenic views.
If you have a high-clearance vehicle that can reach the official trailhead, it’s a strenuous 5-mile round-trip hike.