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

This makes for a lovely walk on snowshoes. You can rent them from the lodge, if they are open. It's super quiet in the winter, for the most part.

My kids 7-16 and I hiked this trail about 3 weeks ago. The trail was great but the mosquitoes almost carried us away!

Easy to follow trail to a beautiful destination.

Phenomenal discoveries around every bend.

Nice little hike. The mosquitos were out in full force though. Waded into the lake at the end to cool off a bit. We ended parking near the shoreline trail because parking wasn’t clear for this trail, then walked over to meet up with Lost Lake trail. Overall enjoyable!

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1 month ago

Beautiful short hike. Bug spray is highly recommended.

Loved this hike! We missed the turn off to go up to lost lake and ended up walking the perimeter of south Mesa lake before we realized. Also beautiful! We eventually walked back and found the correct trail to get up there. Was pretty easy. Has a few places to stop off to rest on the way up. We went last September and the trees were all yellow! Definitely recommend around that time.

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1 month ago

Had a great day today on the Mesa

Easy trail with more than a few mosquitoes but it got better as the trail went on. very nice views of the lake. there were some trees down on the trail .

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Fun little trail, good for taking friends from out of state that aren't ready for the harder trails. Beautiful photo opportunities. We went around the very end of March and the wild horses weren't only beautiful but ready to foal soon by the looks of it.

11 months ago

Just a breathtaking, peaceful hike. Very little traffic. Bring your fishing pole cause the trout are jumping.

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11 months ago

Pretty, but it shouldn't be rated as moderate. Very easy.

on Main Canyon Trail

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Trails were not marked well.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Super easy and fun hike. I was in the shade the whole time, it's not to steep. It's great for kids and dogs, and if you feel like bringing a fishing rod I saw some jumping around.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Nice hike. Great scenery and nice views of the lake. Bring bug spray!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beautiful and easy.

Excellent hike.

Easy walking trail; but lots of mosquitoes this time of year. As long as we were in the sun they were tolerable. I suggest walking at a quick pace or light jog while in the shaded areas. They didn't seem to be impressed with bug spray. Other than that, it was a beautiful scenic walk! And skinny dipping in the Lost Lake was worth it!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Awesome snow shoe in. It was awesome. Loved it. So beautiful.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

A great, moderate day hike. Great views and wildlife. One of our favorite trails when we just need a quick getaway!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Very pretty if you're in to high desert scenery. Pretty standard hike, just make sure you take your bearings as it's easy to get on the wrong trail since all the horse trails careen around all over the place. It's a nice spot to see some horses in the spring, or to just get out and about. Elevation gain is minimal, so it's definitely something that would work for anyone.

on West Bench Trail

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Beautiful....

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Monday, September 10, 2012

This is a heart pumping trail whether you are on foot or on a horse. its a steady climb all the way to the top. The picture of the lake is called Blue Lake and its off of Indian point trail that meets up with Kannah creek trail at exactly 5 miles up the mountain. The lake is 2 mile further when you get to the indian point cutoff. Its a beautiful trail, but very rocky and not far enough in elevation to cool you down in the summer. great place to see all the fall colors.

on Main Canyon Trail

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I was hoping to see a herd of wild horses running like the pictures in a National Geographic. Instead, I saw three horses grazing like in a field. I wish I had thought this through better and remembered that horses spend more time eating than running in the wind.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

This is a little misleading. The road does not go up the main canyon it goes up coal creek canyon which is closed during the spring due to wild horse breeding and births. To get to the main canyon you go past the power plant And up the road to the parking lot. From there you hike over the ridge above the parking lot and then down into the main canyon. Beautiful canyon. We saw 3 groups of wild horses going up the canyon. They are very used to people so you can get real close to them. 2 miles up the canyon you can go up spring creek canyon or continue up main canyon to round mountain.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I loved this trail it was a really good one because you feel like you are tinny in the huge pine, aspen and more trees

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Friday, August 26, 2011

To say that this is located out of Palisade is incorrect. To get to the Main Canyon you actually need to take the Cameo exit off of I-70 before you reach the Palisade exit. Take the Cameo Exit, drive past the power plant (It will look like you are driving in to their property but the road continues past the power plant), and then its another mile or two to the trailhead. You can get out and walk from there or if you have a high clearance 4WD you can actually drive pretty far in to the canyon to reach other trailheads. Definately worth a peek if you have exhausted the more popular trails in the area

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