Monument Canyon Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

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.

11.4 miles 1984 feet Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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.

5 days ago

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14 days ago

Great trail, wildlife was abundant!
Made it from parking lot to Independence Monument in 45 minutes, way back took longer due to taking pics.

14 days ago

14 days ago

great hike

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome hiked the short version total 5 miles round trip with a great view of Colorado national monument

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful rock formations, well kept trail.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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hiking
1 year ago

Fantastic. The views are amazing and we really want to move here!

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Go early, bring plenty of water, and enjoy the fantastic scenery! We spotted lizards, deer, and many different types of birds on our hike.

trail running
2 years ago

A great technical trail run with nice elevation change. If you're lucky you'll get to see some mountain goats. Absolutely beautiful views.