Monument Canyon Trail is a 11.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Over it's 6.8 miles Monument Canyon gains approximately 1500 feet in elevation, most of that elevation change is divided between the first mile from the upper trail head and the last two miles. Ample opportunity for amazing views and wildlife watching.
Great trail, wildlife was abundant!
Made it from parking lot to Independence Monument in 45 minutes, way back took longer due to taking pics.
Awesome hiked the short version total 5 miles round trip with a great view of Colorado national monument
Beautiful rock formations, well kept trail.
We have hiked this trail dozens of time, being from this area originally. The canyon views are amazing and experiencing the Monument from the base is a completely different experience from those in cars along the canyon rim. NOTE: It gets very hot here in the summer (look for 100+ temps in July), so plan accordingly and hike early if possible.
You will see a lot of wildlife along this trail, so bring a camera! You can also access the trail from below off of Broadway for a much shorter, easier option. However, if you have the legs for it, I suggest taking the route from the top of the canyon for a very rewarding, beautiful red rock experience. Be prepared for a somewhat steep descent into the canyon (which will have to be climbed if you do not leave a car at the bottom). Have fun!
Fantastic. The views are amazing and we really want to move here!
Go early, bring plenty of water, and enjoy the fantastic scenery! We spotted lizards, deer, and many different types of birds on our hike.
A great technical trail run with nice elevation change. If you're lucky you'll get to see some mountain goats. Absolutely beautiful views.