Monument Canyon Trail is a 11.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Over it's 6.8 miles Monument Canyon gains approximately 1500 feet in elevation, most of that elevation change is divided between the first mile from the upper trail head and the last two miles. Ample opportunity for amazing views and wildlife watching.
Beautiful rock formations, well kept trail.
We have hiked this trail dozens of time, being from this area originally. The canyon views are amazing and experiencing the Monument from the base is a completely different experience from those in cars along the canyon rim. NOTE: It gets very hot here in the summer (look for 100+ temps in July), so plan accordingly and hike early if possible.
You will see a lot of wildlife along this trail, so bring a camera! You can also access the trail from below off of Broadway for a much shorter, easier option. However, if you have the legs for it, I suggest taking the route from the top of the canyon for a very rewarding, beautiful red rock experience. Be prepared for a somewhat steep descent into the canyon (which will have to be climbed if you do not leave a car at the bottom). Have fun!
Fantastic. The views are amazing and we really want to move here!
Go early, bring plenty of water, and enjoy the fantastic scenery! We spotted lizards, deer, and many different types of birds on our hike.
A great technical trail run with nice elevation change. If you're lucky you'll get to see some mountain goats. Absolutely beautiful views.
Very unique, desert trail. This was my first desert trail, and it was beautiful.
Good views of the monument looking up from the bottom instead of down from the up, and the canyon floor was eeriely beautiful. However, the 600 ft climb out was brutal in 98 degree weather.
We didn't do the entire length of the trail due to time and equipment constraints but we sure enjoyed what we did. It's so beautiful here, one of the best for sure. Since we didn't go very far, we went back up the way we came. This could be pretty difficult for someone who's not accustomed to hiking at all. Be prepared.
My husband and I hiked this trail in March 2011. The weather was clear and cool - perfect for treking around the Monument. We parked one car at the bottom of the trail and drove up the Fruita side of the Monument, parking at the Upper Monument Canyon Trailhead. The first mile or so of the trail is very steep with alot of switchbacks - If you're attempting this trail as an ascent rathern than a descent, be prepared for an intense climb for the last mile of your trek. Once you get to the bottom of the canyon the trail stretches out for 3 miles or more toward Independence Monument and meanders through some amazing natural features as well as desert plant life. Shortly after you reach Independence Monument the trail begins it's remaining descent and you're rewarded with some awesome views of the Grand Valley in the distance. I LOVE this trail. I've hiked the lower section up to Independence Monument often. That leg of the trail, up and back down, usually takes about 2.5 hours. There are some nesting areas in the rocks along the canyon wall so it's also a great place for bird watching. I've encountered Eagles, Rabbits, Deer and lots of lizards as well as observed ample signs of Mountain Goats in the area, especially near the base of Independence Monument it's self.