Explore the most popular views 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.

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!

hiking
9 days 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.

hiking
23 days 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 .

scenic driving
1 month ago

Wonder views and a very scenic drive. Wanted to hike a few trails but snow is still covering the trails that I wanted to hike

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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.

This is the type of trip where you shouldn't be in a hurry. The wind can be a major factor.

on Grand Mesa Scenic Byway

7 months ago

Our family loves this drive. We live in the valley and enjoy driving this route periodically during the year, unique beauty with every season.

off road driving
8 months ago

We rode this in October of 2017 with two friends on large adventure motorcycles. Mine is a BMW R1200 GS. We asked about the road on advrider.com, where a few guys said it was totally doable on our bikes. Which it was. There had been a snowstorm two days earlier, but it had all melted, and the road was slightly muddy, but solid. it got a little sketchy at the very top, but nothing we couldn't power through. I would say that if you are moderately experienced on big adv bike, stand on the pegs, and are comfortable counter-balancing as you go through those hairpins, you'll have no problem. If you're someone who sits and doesn't get what I just said about standing and counter-balancing, this is going to be too much for you, unless it is super dry. The views are fantastic. The biggest issue was, as a first-timer on the road, not knowing exactly what we were going to encounter. At the lower elevations, everything was easy-peezy, but as I said, at the top, things get a little sketchy (the road narrows, and its colder, so some of the snow remained, and there was more mud), and it's not like you are going to want to turn around, head back down and do a 60-mile detour to get back on your track. Funny, at the top there's an observatory, but we were so geeked about getting to the top that we skipped it. Also, the top is paved for a few miles along the edge of the mesa. Then it turns in and turns back to dirt, and yo basically just cruise till you connect back up with the main highway across the mesa.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

on Main Canyon Trail

11 months ago

Trails were not marked well.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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!

off road driving
Thursday, March 30, 2017

A fun way to get up on the Mesa and see a different side as well. Good hiking trails on the way up too.

scenic driving
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful in the fall time or winter. Fantastic fishing in the summer. Ice fishing up here is great too.

scenic driving
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Great views, many rec. opportunities, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, camping and on. Did it enroute home so was just passing through.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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

hiking
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!

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Beautiful drive. Was in this area visiting BCGNP, and the drive was fantastic along the way.

hiking
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.

off road driving
Sunday, November 17, 2013

One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. There's a Visitor's Center, now closed, at the top of Land's End Road, and a short trail called "The Views" from there to an OHV staging area that is just tremendous. Also the little ground squirrels are adorable and will eat right out of your hand! Do yourself a favor and visit in the summer when the heat in the valley's got you going crazy. You'll be glad you did.

on West Bench Trail

hiking
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Beautiful....

on Main Canyon Trail

hiking
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.

hiking
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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