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Mesa County, Colorado

Looking for the best hiking in Mesa County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Mesa County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Hiking Spots in and near Mesa County

  • Palisade, Colorado

    Hike Mt. Garfield in Palisade

    4 mi / 1940 ft gain
    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 8150...
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  • Grand Junction, Colorado

    Running Ute Canyon in Colorado National Monument

    8.6 mi
    Ute Canyon Trail is a mostly undeveloped 4.3 mile trail (8.6 round trip) in Colorado National Monument that offers technical descents, route finding, water crossings, and gorgeous red rock walls. The trailhead is just a few miles off I-70 from the town of Fruita—it's well worth the trip. Remember...
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  • Fruita, Colorado

    Alcove Nature Trail

    0.92 mi / 197 ft gain
    Alcove Nature Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Grand Junction, Colorado.
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  • Mesa County, Colorado

    Backpack along the Gunnison River in the Dominguez-Escalante NCA

    3.4 mi
    If you're looking to take your first backpacking adventure, but want something that is manageable yet thrilling, this is what you're looking for. Located along the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation area is easy to access yet full of adventure and be...
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  • Fruita, Colorado

    Backpack in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

    4.2 mi / 1000 ft gain
    If you're looking to backpack outside of the highly publicized areas of Colorado (aka the Rockies), head out to Western CO for some amazing experiences. Located 4 hours west of Denver along I-70 is the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA). Overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM...
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  • Fruita, Colorado

    Hike the Rattlesnake Arches Trail in Black Ridge Wilderness

    3.2 mi / 300 ft gain
    Put simply, Rattlesnake Arches is home to some of the most beautiful views you'll ever experience in the United States. This portion of the Rattlesnake Arches Trail follows along the upper rim of the canyon and allows you to experience 9 total arches within about 2 miles of hiking. The hike along...
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  • Cedaredge, Colorado

    Run the Crag Crest Loop

    10.4 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile loop that takes runners over one of the highest points on Grand Mesa. When traveling in a clockwise direction, the trail traverses a narrow rocky ridge for 5-miles before descending into the dense pine forest below. Grand Mesa's trails are less maintained due to ...
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  • Mack, Colorado

    Hike the Trail Through Time Paleontological Trail

    1.5 mi
    The trail is adjacent to an active dinosaur quarry, and while there were no scientists at work while we were there, apparently you can see paleontologists at work in the spring and summer.Take the interpretive trail up towards the small mesa and check out the signs pointing out fossils along the ...
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  • Cisco, Utah

    Off Road to the Top of The World

    13.2 mi / 2000 ft gain
    The off road trail called Top of the World is a dirt road meant for *OFF ROAD VEHICLES ONLY*. All wheel drives jeeps and trucks are most common on this route but it is frequented by ATV and Dirt Bike users as well. If you elect to hike this route be mindful of their presence and give off-road veh...
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