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hiking
9 days ago

Great in all seasons! Definitely a go to trail!

on Serpents Trail

hiking
21 days ago

I decided to make this trail my New Year's Day hike and it was great. Mid morning after a fresh snow with light flurries and no wind. It was a great way to start the new year!

The trail itself slowly winds up and is a fairly easy to moderate hike. The view is spectacular and the snow made everything seem blanketed and cozy. Fresh air and the crunch of the snow under my feet...loved it!

Sweet hike for New Year’s Day!

A great trail took my three kids on it. My youngest (2 y.o.) was able to complete the hike. However, I would caution any family taking a youngster that age, my 2 y.o. was exhausted climbing the steep rocks and wanted to be carried back down the steep rocks (talk about scary). It is kid friendly but I suggest school aged children. I also suggest to avoid when there is snow on the sloped rocks, there was a lot of near falls. All around a beautiful trail!!

Great trail with beautiful views.

11/22/18 Nice trail following a dry creek bed. Can get rocky in some areas. The first waterfall and small ponds were completely frozen

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike down to the bottom of the canyon! The echo was absolutely amazing. It's a very steep on the way back up and some areas are challenging. Definately worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is easy in the sense that the trail itself is wide and very clear, but lord help your legs if you are out of shape. Going up, the entire trail is completely at an incline with virtually no flat spots; I’m not complaining though because I enjoyed the pleasant challenge. Coming back down is a breeze. Great trail for exercise.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike. Nice for beginners as it offers at least a bit of a challenge. Beautiful views.

Easy hike; great views. Got off trail tho....will have to go back!

Did the shorter Wedding Canyon > Lower Monument Trail loop (about 5 miles) and can't wait to go back and explore more. Still pretty warm even when technically the temp wasn't far above 70° but the trail was relatively easy (lots of young families out there). The trail had pretty heavy traffic in spots, so I'll be interested to see if it's as busy on the more challenging trails.

hiking
3 months ago

we definitely got lost through here. and I mean LOST! make sure you follow the cairns and stick to the right. we ended up following a seemingly obvious path only to find ourselves climbing over boulders on the edge of a cliff... pretty wicked views though! if we wouldn't have taken that detour, it would have been a super easy and neat walk. highly recommend!

Best hikes ever !

Great hike. Boring beginnings, but once you’re in the canyon, everything is gorgeous. Saw a large herd of sheep. Well marked and easily managed.

hiking
3 months ago

10/20/2018 - Hiked the main trail plus the Coke Oven side trail and a bit of the back side of Independence Monument, about 13.5 miles total. Trail and scenery is quite nice and the day was perfectly blue sky, not one cloud to be seen.

hiking
3 months ago

Although it’s a climb, the wide path and relatively even surface make this a pleasant walk.

Love this one for a quick early morning or evening hike. Trail/road is nice enough to run on.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked from lower monument via the wedding trail to the upper monument and back. Approx 12 miles round trip. Would highly recommend! Views are incredible, terrain was easily managed by an amateur hiker like me. Start early while it's still cool out (I went 9/16) because it does get pretty warm during day. Bring LOTS of water as well. We did happen to see one big horn sheep too.

walking
4 months ago

A beautiful little walking trail around a lake. There was no one around when I got there around 6:30pm but by the time I left there were two other other cars in the parking lot and I saw one guy fishing and another getting ready to bike. Just know that the trail is in a park that you have to pay $7 for access to. Not really worth it to me if you're just going to walk around for fifteen minutes.

road biking
5 months ago

Rode Rim Rock Dr from the east entrance to the west entrance, and then finished the 'Tour of the Moon' loop via public roads Broadway, S Broadway and S Camp Rd. The route outside the park is well-signed. Traffic was light on this weekday ride, and the views were awesome. Lights are required due to 3 tunnels.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice way to see some of CNM's formations up close. Some shade along the trail but not a ton, so lots of water and starting early are musts in August. Unfortunately, not much wildlife our morning. We started at the upper trailhead and went to Independence Monument (~3.5 miles) before turning around and heading back. Note that this trail is ~12 miles round-trip (upper to lower trailhead or vice versa, then back) and not 6.8 or 10.9 as listed here.

walking
5 months ago

Easy walk down, slightly harder up. We went at 2pm and there is, like others have noted zero protection from the sun.

6 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the valley. I quit often see the big horn sheep in this valley. It always takes a lot longer to do this hike when I stop and watch the sheep.

a nice hike into a shallow canyon and out again. I rate it on the low end of moderate. nice view of Grand junction and Fruita. this is also be a good bike trail for the beginner to intermediate rider. very close to Grand junction.

Great hike, box like rock canyon at the end is shaded and cool after the hot hike. Definately bring some water!

Easy hike with beautiful views, have been hiking this trail for over 12 years, it never gets old. Try hiking it at sunrise, sunset and even at night with a full moon shining as your only light, you won't regret it. I've done this trail well over 200 times as I live a fairly close, that being said if you hike this in the summer you better get there no later than 6am or you will be roasting in the heat on the way back down, happy hiking !

Good if you want space. Mostly ugly desert, wind, and heat. Much better river views elsewhere.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a great little trail right at the entrance of the park. It’s very easy to find and follow and offers great views along the way. There is very little coverage from the sun as it used to act as a model t road, so be sure to have sun protection and water.

Beautiful trail with amazing rock formations! Easy enough for the kids but very hot out there bring lots of water even for this short hike.

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