Mud season is just around the corner. It’s the period in late April through May (and occasionally into June) when your favorite mountain trails and roads are a muddy mess, due to melting snow and more frequent rain. If you love getting outside to play in the mountains, mud season can quickly become frustrating.
Luckily, adventuring outside is a year-round activity here in Grand Junction. The mountains might be muddy, but spring is the perfect time to explore our slice of Western Colorado.
Rim Rock Drive is a beautiful and challenging setting for road biking. The road itself is 23 miles, but you can combine it with connecting roads outside of the Monument for a fun 33-mile loop. Learn more about biking Rim Rock Drive and must-follow rules and safety precautions.
Road biking isn’t your only mud season-friendly activity in the Monument. When you visit Colorado National Monument, you’ll also find 40 miles of maintained hiking trails for all levels, excellent camping in a developed campground or in the remote backcountry, ranger programs for kids, and a whole lot more.
Spring is a great time to visit, too. Temperatures are generally pleasant, unlike the sizzling days often encountered during the summer.
While the trails in and around Grand Junction should be clear and dry during mud season, we all know that anything can happen here in Colorado. If the trails suddenly become muddy or icy after inclement weather, consider hopping on a fat tire mountain bike.
These bikes have wider tires that handle exceptionally well on muddy and icy terrain, making them ideal for whatever spring throws your way.
This 22-mile trail system connects Heritage Park in Fruita to Riverbend Park in Palisade, and there’s something to see on every segment. Whether you’re running, cycling, or even rollerblading, you’ll have easy access to parks, lakes, and plenty of other opportunities for outdoor recreation. Since the path is paved, you won’t have to deal with mud.
Want to learn more about the sights and activities you can find? Check out our insider’s guide: Get Out and Explore the Colorado Riverfront Trail System.
If you’re looking for a desert escape without the crowds found in well-known places like Moab, consider making a trip to McInnis Canyons. Getting to the heart of this stunning area can take up to two hours from Grand Junction, but it’s certainly worth the drive.
The area is full of vibrant sandstone canyons, towering rock spires, and the second-largest concentration of natural arches in all of North America. If you’re ready to start planning a trip, here’s your guide to Hiking, Camping, and Mountain Biking in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.