Explore the most popular birding trails near Fruita with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun short hike. Paths are well worn, but if you don’t know where to turn you could end up on a much longer loop. The cabin is SUPER close to the parking lot, so if that’s all you’d like to do, a toddler could make it on their own. Pretty views. Neat cabin. This one is a win for me.

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1 month ago

A great trail with not too many ups and downs. My mom and I are from Minnesota, the flat land, and she had never hiked before. She did great!! Make sure you have enough water and wear sunscreen, it sure got warm!

good trail. fun short downhill section at the end. not too steep for beginners.

mountain biking. pretty decient trail. other trails conect to it so theres options for longer rides. only a couple hard sections otherwise a fairly easy trail.

A relatively easy hike past an old cabin that looks to have been restored.

hiking
3 months ago

An awesome hike make sure to bring enough water! It was 97 and went through all my water what what at awesome hike!

Quick and easy little hike. Perfect for families.

Awesome trail and not too busy...

Love this hike. 5 miles in and out. Beautiful scenery. Must do early to enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful area. Trail markings are not great. Would do it again with more time to explore a bit more. I wish it wasn't so unmarked/misleading as far as sign directions.

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4 months ago

Too hot during July unless you go very early and best for biking not hiking in summer. Great riding trails on 18 Road

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful easy trail to hike. I recommend adding the Inner Flume if you like having a sense of adventure.

Signage is misleading, so glad I had this app! not tons of shade so go early or late. we saw lots if wildflowers and blooming cactus in early may.

Beautiful. No one there on a Friday. Had to use the app to keep on the right trail at the beginning.

Have hiked parts of this trail coming off the Nature Trailhead across from Visitor's Center and then from the CCC trail. Saw one other person on the two days we were on the trail. Great views, nice rolling terrain. A terrific constitutional on a beautiful day.

very pretty trail and quiet. We saw few hikers. It was a very calm and clear, we were able to se Utah. We started at the Visitor Center and exited at the CCC Trail branch. We hiked the road back, we got to see the entire canyon but would choose that option next time. definitely recommend sunglasses and a hat!

hiking
6 months ago

Trail markers aren't great, we ended up off the path almost as soon as we started but still and enjoyable area to explore. I'd recommend marking where you started or bringing a compass - it's easy to get turned around. We followed signs for Flume 1 (often pointing in two different directions) and Inner Flume so just keep track of where you go. Great views, and some small animals.

Took us about two hours, but I wouldn't depend on that - again, really easy to get off the trail.

Great hike, very scenic and lightly trafficked.
DO NOT use Google Maps to get there - it takes you into Glade Park and onto B 1/2 Road and that is incorrect....
From Rimrock Drive in Colorado Nat’l Monument (near Black Ridge/Upper Liberty Cap Trailhead) turn onto 16 1/2 Rd (leaving park and going toward Glade Park) and just after leaving the park you will see parking on your right - turn in there.
There is a kiosk with map and directions, and a gate. Check before you go to,see if it is open, with BLM. This leads to the Black Ridge Upper and Lower roads - each open different times of year.
High Clearance 4WD is a good idea, although a great deal of it can be traveled with SUV.
NatGeo Map Trails Illustrated #502 shows the route.

hiking
6 months ago

Short hike to a restored pioneer cabin, some views, shares trailhead with the Paleo trail. Worth doing in when in the area.

hiking
6 months ago

Simple hike with info plaques.

Enjoyable hike - great scenery

Great beginner trail!

Amazing hike I do a few times a month, lots to look at to keep it fun and interesting. Indian paintbrush is blooming and so are the cactus. Caterpillars and lizards are out too. I like taking the loop counter clockwise doing the longest part first makes for a fast trip back. Mining cabin at the end is fun to visit, be sure to sign the book inside.

pretty. I have always liked hiking by the water. Strolled with my dog on Mary’s and wrangler. Fairly easy. And got really good view of the river. Lots of MTBs, though.

Fantastic views and endless trail options.

Great beginner to moderate skill trail. The views of the Colorado River and surrounding scenery is fantastic. It is a popular riding and running area, so at peak times it can be fairly busy, but everyone I’ve met has been respectful and polite.

Great hike. Great area. It’s rides the rim of the canyon for the most part, and has stellar views. Not much elevation change, so it’s a good hike to take if your not feeling up to something bigger. Do yourself a favor and check this place out.

This is a fairly easy trail as it has no significant climbs or descents. It’s a nice roller with some minor ups and downs. On a clear day you can see Utah. We usually hike it one way rather than doing it out and back, ending at the Visitors Center. But doing this requires two vehicles parking one at each end.

so beautiful!

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