Kokopelli's Area Network: Horsethief Bench Trail

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McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

Kokopelli's Area Network: Horsethief Bench Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fruita, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 859 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


Please Note: The Horsethief Bench Trail can only be ridden in one direction.

mountain biking
5 days ago

5/23/20: Best mountain biking trek I’ve been on. Steep initial accent from the trailhead about a mile to the entrance/overlook of Horsethief Canyon. Here there is about a 100 foot drop into the canyon (and unless you’re elite, will require a hike-a-bike down). Next it’s an awesome clockwise loop along the rim of the Colorado River and around the canyon. On the backside, shortly after turning inland away from the river, it gets technical for a short stretch. It’s in this section where you’ll cross a narrow ledge with about a 10 foot drop to your left. You do NOT want to fall here. From this point on it’s pretty smooth sailing back around to the beginning of the loop where you’ll definitely have to hike-a-bike back out of the canyon. Your reward for carrying your bike up is a downhill ride over the final mile back to the trailhead. Pretty epic ride!

11 months ago

Bone dry today. Flowers blooming. Great hike!

mountain biking
Fri 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.

Wed Jan 11 2012

I did it and it was really nice the trail it was a bit hard for me because I'm 11 but other than that I enjoyed it

mountain biking
Sun May 01 2011

Good trail. Mostly ridable with some tech sections. Anyone who can clean the entrance is my hero.

mountain biking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Thu Sep 28 2017

Sat Jun 03 2017

mountain biking
Mon Aug 10 2015

recorded Horsethief Bench

Wed Nov 21 2012