Explore the most popular birding trails in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

Simple hike with info plaques.

Great beginner trail!

pretty. I have always liked hiking by the water. Strolled with my dog on Mary’s and wrangler. Fairly easy. And got really good view of the river. Lots of MTBs, though.

Beautiful trail. Weather was mid 60s and warm in the sun. Welcome breeze on the ridges. This is an easy to moderate hike with no edges which is very important to me.
Started at around 12:00 and finished at 3:00
The views are stunning! Love the bright greens in the springtime and there were flowers starting to show. I highly recommend this hike - preferably in the spring and fall and not on too windy of a day.
Hardly anyone else on the trail so it is nice and quiet.

Great beginner to moderate skill trail. The views of the Colorado River and surrounding scenery is fantastic. It is a popular riding and running area, so at peak times it can be fairly busy, but everyone I’ve met has been respectful and polite.

Rustlers Loop is a fairly easy and quick 3+ mile loop that overlooks the Colorado River for a bit in one section. It’s generally a single track trail that is also popular with MTBs so keep an eye out for them as they may not see you until they’re on you.

Enjoyed the walk with my dog, saw lots of mountain bikers and had to keep a sharp eye behind me! Still a beautiful desert trail though, not difficult at all and was completed in 2 hours. Good view of the Colorado river halfway through.

Beautiful

Did Steven's loop about a month ago, I think it was 2.8 miles, a lot of fun with slot canyons and a good view of the Colorado.

It's ok but go early to beat the heat

11 months ago

Lots of up and amazing views. Definitely a technical hike. Be prepared to share with mountain bikes.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beautiful trail that winds through the desert and leads to several river overlooks! It was a perfect short hike for the evening once the temperatures cool off.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Excellent hike with amazing views of the Colorado River and surrounding mesas and mountains. Only saw one other group on the trail. Access roads are gravel and dirt but are easily passable in a normal car. I hike relatively quickly and the hike took 3 hours, 15 minutes so I would allow for up to 4 hours if you take time along the river side to stop (which is well worth it).

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a great hike near Grand Junction, CO. We stopped here for a hike on the way to Utah and the general Moab area. To get the best of this hike you need to climb the 1000 ft. to the top of the rim above the Colorado River. Take the trail to the West at the junction of the loop trail that is 1 hour into the hike. This is the easiest way to get to the top. Due to the incline and 4 hour trip, my wife would say that this is more moderate than easy, but a great hike for all. Young children (under 8) are not likely to make the full journey.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a great hike near Grand Junction, CO. We stopped here for a hike on the way to Utah and the general Moab area. To get the best of this hike you need to climb the 1000 ft. to the top of the rim above the Colorado River. Take the trail to the West at the junction of the loop trail that is 1 hour into the hike. This is the easiest way to get to the top. Due to the incline and 4 hour trip, my wife would say that this is more moderate than easy, but a great hike for all. Young children (under 8) are not likely to make the full journey.

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gorgeous views. Go earlier in the morning because it does get hot.

took this for my first real mountain biking trail. It is marked with hints for newbies like me and the difficulty increases just enough to challenge new riders. the sights are beautiful! and the trail is a blast!!

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

I imagine it's a better trail for mountain biking. So so for hiking. Nice overlook of the Colorado River at one point.

Friday, February 24, 2017

great views of the Colorado River

mountain biking
Friday, October 21, 2016

They rate this trail as "hard". That's a F$!#ing understatement. If you are a beginner mountain biker you are going to walk. A ton. This trail is beautiful but extremely technical. There are huge panoramas the entire day. Do you enjoy carrying your bike up 400 foot hills covered in loose rock? I hope so because you will get your chance. I set out to do the entire Kokopelli but cashed in my chips after this leg. The campsite at Westwater is very primitive, but AMAZING!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Great for kids!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Mild. Good family hike with terrain from wildflowers, juniper to almost barren. It may only be .7 miles but you can make it a bit longer. Explore and enjoy but bring a lot of water for you and your 4- legged friend.

mountain biking
Friday, June 10, 2016

More of a mountain biking trail than a hiking trail for sure. This is one of the trails I learned to bike on. Great for beginners (just technical enough to be challenging but not dangerous). The views from the canyon rim are hard to beat on bike trails.

You start with a small climb... a little rocky, but nothing too bad, then the trail winds across the canyon rim for several miles. Quite a fun trail!

hiking
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Great hike for kids, with good interp panels that tell you about the dinosaurs and geology of the area.

hiking
Thursday, March 05, 2015

GREAT TRAIL. VIEW WAS AWESOME. CLIMB IS A PRETTY GOOD ONE FOR THOSE OF US THAT OUR SHAPE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. MY GPS CLOCKED JUST A HAIR PAST 7 MILES FROM CAR, UP AROUND THE LOOP AND BACK DOWN. HAD LUNCH AT TOP, RIGHT AT THE 3.5 MILE MARK. VIEW NORTH DESERT ALL THE WAY AROUND SOUTH TO THE LA SALS. TOP OF TRAIL IS MILD AND RELAXING. DID NOT SEE ANYTHING THAT SAID NO DOGS, SO THE LAB WENT WITH ME. DID SEE A NO BIKES SIGN.

mountain biking
Friday, March 07, 2014

I am just beginning Mtn biking but husband is very experienced: We started at Lion Loop trail head, it was just to tough a terrain for me. However, my husband did Moore Fun Trail and loved it, it is technical especially for a first ride of the season (March 6). We headed down to Rustler's Loop it was a fun run with all sorts of technical situations easy enough for me to do (mostly.) We had a lot of fun, great overlooks of the Colorado River. Once we finished that trail my husband headed over to Mary's loop to finish up his day, he enjoyed it said it was fun. I hope to make it back next week, it was tough for a beginner but a great ride too! I am giving this a four star as it was my first experience, my husband though says its a five!

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Easy loop. Good for beginner/intermediates to get used to this type of trail. 4 stars for it's access to other trails. Also, the loop is more like 6.5 miles rather than the advertised 8.5 as AllTrails suggests.

hiking
Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pretty remote, don't forget water. Once on the mesa was just a nice stroll, getting up and down was the beast. http://goo.gl/maps/F1Ep3

mountain biking
Friday, May 10, 2013

This is a very fun trail with excellent views. Because this trail is rated as intermediate, I was caught off guard by the several hike-a-bike sections. But the rideable parts definitely live up to the intermediate rating.

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