You can hike all year in Grand Junction, but there’s something extra-special about exploring our slice of Colorado during springtime: The temperatures aren’t too hot yet, the air feels crisp, and there’s (usually) no snow on the trails.
The next time you head out for a hike in Grand Junction, try one of these must-hike routes.
Head approximately 20 miles south from Grand Junction along Highway 50, and you’ll be at the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness and the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. There are plenty of trails to explore, but this route will bring you to the Bridgeport Trailhead and the Big Dominguez Trail
You’ll be hiking into Big Dominguez Canyon, and the trip length could range from 8 to 14 miles (or less if you turn back sooner) if you go through the route in its entirity. The hike is a moderate trail featuring petroglyphs, stunning scenery, and wildlife.
Located in the Bookcliffs, this moderately strenuous 5.2-mile trail gives you a dose of history and the potential for numerous wildlife sightingsas this area is well-known for its roaming wild horses. Stagecoach Trail is also part of a route that was used by the stage line that once ran between Grand Junction and the Grand Valley. As you hike, you’ll notice remnants from the past — just imagine how difficult it must have been to travel through this area without our modern-day amenities!
Route-finding can be tricky, but this trail guide will point you in the right direction. Bring plenty of water and be prepared to work up a sweat.
This trail is technically in Palisade, but it’s a local favorite throughout the Grand Valley. It’s also the most prominent landmark in the Bookcliffs and you’ll have jaw-dropping views from the summit. Mount Garfield is also an excellent spot to take your dog if you’re looking for a dog-friendly hike near Grand Junction.
You can reach the summit in two ways, and both trailheads are accessed from the same parking area. The Mount Garfield Trail is two miles each way, and the Gearhart Mine Trail is 2.5 miles each way. Both trails are very steep, which is why it’s important to have plenty of water and ensure you’ve got your hiking lungs and legs ready prior to tackling this one
This easy 1.5-mile round trip hike offers a scenic glimpse into the geography that makes the Colorado National Monument so special. It’s an ideal trail for the whole family, and it begins right off the back porch of the Monument’s Visitor Center.
Follow the trail through Wedding Canyon until you reach the Bookcliff Overlook. Then, walk along Window Rock Trail for some expansive views of the brightly colored canyon.
Another Colorado National Monument favorite, this easy-to-moderate 1.5-mile trail is a family-favorite. You’ll hike toward the “kitchen,” a natural opening formed a circle of giant upright boulders, where playing on the rocks is the preferred way to pass time.
The giant rocks also frame the views of the valley perfectly, and you’ll surely want to take some time to snap photos before returning to the trailhead.