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Top Adventures in Steamboat Spring

  • Backpack along the Gunnison River in the Dominguez-Escalante NCA

    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 a...

    3.4 miles

  • Photograph Colorado National Monument

    Driving through Colorado National Monument was very easy and gorgeous. Very scenic drive with many lookouts to stop at. Every lookout has a spot to park and you can just jump out and photograph the book cliffs and canyons. I stopped at almost all ...

  • Running Ute Canyon in Colorado National Monument

    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...

    8.6 miles

  • Hike Mt. Garfield in Palisade

    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 Visito...

    4 miles 1940 ft gain

  • Camp in Grand Junction

    This is an awesome stretch of BLM land about five miles from the city with views of the Book Cliffs. Whether you have off-road toys, such as mountain bikes or ATVs, or if you just want a relaxing evening or weekend away, you'll find what you're lo...

  • Snowshoe around Mesa Lakes

    This short loop trail starts and ends at Mesa Lakes Lodge, it is a little less than 2 miles round trip. From the lodge, we walked up the road towards our cabin (Bear cabin). Just past the cabin a trail starts that skirts the edge of the first lake...

    2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Photograph Fall Colors on Grand Mesa

    Despite being one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world, Grand Mesa sees far fewer visitors than other areas of Colorado. Locals only an hour away in Grand Junction frequent the area for its plentiful fishing, camping, and off-roading opp...

  • Run the Crag Crest Loop

    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 belo...

    10.4 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Backpack in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

    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 (NC...

    4.2 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Rattlesnake Arches Trail in Black Ridge Wilderness

    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 arc...

    3.2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Float Ruby-Horsethief Canyons

    To do the entire 26-mile float, put in at the Loma River access, several miles west of Fruita and just a short drive from I-70. From the Loma access there is no other easy access point until 26 miles later, at Westwater in Utah.Once on the water y...

  • Snowshoe in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Winter is a great time to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Covered in snow, the canyon seems even more dramatic and sheer. The park road is plowed up until the visitor center, and there is no entrance fee in the winter. The rest o...

    2 miles 377 ft gain

  • Inspire Your Fall Aspen Trip!

    Autumn days in Aspen are filled with sunshine and nights with crisp cool air. Watch the mountains and valleys turn gold with the changing Aspen trees. Take in the scenery while enjoying scenic drives, hiking through forests, road biking, and exploring our IMBA Gold Level Ride Center recognized mountain bike trails. 




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