McDonald Creek Canyon

EASY 12 reviews

McDonald Creek Canyon is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Mack, Colorado and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
190 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips


4 months ago

There is a cairn where the Jouflas trail meets the McDonald trail (on the left), at the area where you can see down into a rock crevice, and it's the only visible indication of where to go. BE AWARE - this leads you off this trail and onto the Jouflas trail. We followed this and wound up getting off the trail and lost... there were a series of off-trail cairns that led us down a non-trail path, which was really annoying!!!! I guess that shows this happens a lot, so watch out! We weren't able to complete the hike. Luckily, we connected to the Jouflas trail and looped back around to get a great view from above, but we were hoping to hike in the creek, and get to the water. We were able to see another group make the same mistake and lead them toward the correct trail though, so at least we prevented others from doing the same. Pretty trail and area, but have to give it 1 star because of the misdirection on the trail.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Amazing little hike!! It's short, flat, and easy. Don't let the view from the parking lot deceive you. The hike drops into a beautiful sandstone canyon filled with petroglyphs and flowers. The walls echo the voices of time, and the river flows with the magic that only the colorado can contain. Check out the alcove near the river, but don't stop their. The views of the canyon from the river are icing on the cake.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

lovely! need to do it again take a little more time to see all rock art

Monday, February 24, 2014

While hiking this watch the canyon walls carefully there are many petroglyphs to be found

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A great hike into a sculpted stone valley ending at the Colorado River.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017