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Upper Monument Canyon is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 1,650 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Snow

No dogs

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Recordings (17)
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Ben Lloyd
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Robert Whiting
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Hiking

Fun hike, beautiful views. Steep decline and incline to get into and out of the canyon. Plenty of climbing opportunities

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Brittany Woodward
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Clayton Hanson
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Hiking

Great trail, though we only went to the area around Independence Rock. The first/last mile are a pretty brutal drop/climb that remind me of sections of the Grand Canyon. Good views of the namesake monuments along the trail and (sometimes) rock climbers.

Michael Gizzi
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Hiking

This trail is best with two cars, so you go down the whole way but upper monument canyon is totally worthwhile. 0.9 miles down 650 ft. Then basically flat terrain on the canyon bottom. It is 1.3 miles from the bottom to great views of Independence Monument and the Kissing Couple. Another mile to the base of Independence Monument. The hike up upper monument canyon is a good cardio workout. 0.9 miles and a lot of gain!

Robert Jackson
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Hiking

This trail is amazing. In no time at all you are into awesome switch backs some of which you can’t even see from above. The scale of the vertical walls to distant hikers helps you realize how massive it all is. May mot be good for young kids as there are lots of ledges on the trail that drop great heights.

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Tina Martindale
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good workout but bring water.

James Hunkins
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Hiking

Amazing trail. Went from the top to just before it drops into the valley and back. The top is a series of switchbacks across a vegetated scree field which then goes to the other side of the canyon and follows through some very creative trail creation taking advantage of the natural rock formation where ever possible. Any constructed area fits in to the natural formations perfectly. The trail drops rapidly to the canyon floor (hike poles are a great idea). And then it follows more along the side than along the bottom. About half way down it stops literally following the canyon and instead follows along the left side to allow it move underneath a series of amazing sandstone formations. It is a totally different perspective than looking down from the top - they are gigantic. The tail is a total mix of steep 'interesting' drops and climbs along with longer stretches of following the sides with moderate ups and downs. A wide mix of hiking and very dramatic and beautiful. If you are in to photography, you can't go wrong. I hiked later Feb just after a recent snow. Hiking poles were critical to get down the earlier switchbacks even with 2-3" of snow on them. You don't want to slip here! This trail truly represents Colorado National Monument. One extra suggestion, if you are tracking your hike with GPS, keep your phone or device in an upper pocket. The canyons are deep and if you block the GPU signal with your body by using a pants pocket, you can loose the signal and it will look like you flew over some cliffs. Unless you are one with the hawks, don't think so :)

Brandon Tufano
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Ashtyn Miller
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Paul Ayestaran
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Nathan Manley
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Timmy Lynch
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Bryan Belmont
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Katie Callen
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Molly Noble
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Michael Gizzi
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Ben Kelsey
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chris fries
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Michael Zaffke
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Heidi Greer
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