Main Canyon Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

11.5 miles
823 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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9 months ago

Fun little trail, good for taking friends from out of state that aren't ready for the harder trails. Beautiful photo opportunities. We went around the very end of March and the wild horses weren't only beautiful but ready to foal soon by the looks of it.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Very pretty if you're in to high desert scenery. Pretty standard hike, just make sure you take your bearings as it's easy to get on the wrong trail since all the horse trails careen around all over the place. It's a nice spot to see some horses in the spring, or to just get out and about. Elevation gain is minimal, so it's definitely something that would work for anyone.

Monday, February 27, 2012

This is a little misleading. The road does not go up the main canyon it goes up coal creek canyon which is closed during the spring due to wild horse breeding and births. To get to the main canyon you go past the power plant And up the road to the parking lot. From there you hike over the ridge above the parking lot and then down into the main canyon. Beautiful canyon. We saw 3 groups of wild horses going up the canyon. They are very used to people so you can get real close to them. 2 miles up the canyon you can go up spring creek canyon or continue up main canyon to round mountain.

Friday, August 26, 2011

To say that this is located out of Palisade is incorrect. To get to the Main Canyon you actually need to take the Cameo exit off of I-70 before you reach the Palisade exit. Take the Cameo Exit, drive past the power plant (It will look like you are driving in to their property but the road continues past the power plant), and then its another mile or two to the trailhead. You can get out and walk from there or if you have a high clearance 4WD you can actually drive pretty far in to the canyon to reach other trailheads. Definately worth a peek if you have exhausted the more popular trails in the area

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

An estimated 80 - 100 wild horses live in this area. Great scenery, easy route and hike - I wouldn't recommend in the summer as it would be very hot.

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