Enjoy a strenuous hike up Mt. Garfield for the reward of stunning views over the Grand Valley.

This hike is approx. 4 miles long and takes between 2.5-4 hours to complete depending on pace and stoppage time.

This hike begins at the parking lot located at the base of the trail.

Directions to Parking Lot: 

- Start at the Grand Junction Visitors Center, 740 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81506

- Take  I-70 Eastbound towards Denver, Take Exit 42 for Palisade

- Turn right onto 37 3/10 Rd, Take the second right onto G 7/10 Rd Continue for 1.5 miles

- Turn right onto 35 8/10 Rd, Continue through tunnel and up hill to parking lot

From this point the trailhead is easily followed from the trailhead to the summit. This hike is fairly steep and has an elevation gain close to 2000 ft over an approx. 4 mile round trip. At some points the trail is slick with loose dirt, exercise caution going both up and down the mountain. There are some steep drop-offs on this hike, be carful and keep a close eye on small children and dogs. The summit of this hike is marked by a flagpole at the peak of Mt. Garfield, this is an out and back hike and the trail back to the parking lot is the same trail to the summit. This hike offers unparalleled views over the entire Grand Valley from Palisade to Fruita. While this hike is strenuous the view at the top is well worth the hike! 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Small snacks or a lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Rain Coat
  • Backpack
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1940 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Wildlife

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