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Mesa County is home to a wide range of trails and open spaces with several organizations creating and managing them.  The information below is a small selection of the available recreation opportunities.

Bureau of Land Management 

The BLM oversees much of the public land and trails in Mesa County. Recreational activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and OHV use. Look up specific trails by searching one of these areas:  DebequeDominguez-Escalante Area, Fruita, Gateway, Grand Junction, and Palisade. 

Rider jumping their bike off a ledge with a desert landscape and stormy sky.
Photo by Anne Linger

Colorado National Monument

Made up of plateaus, canyons and sheer rock walls, the Monument area offers visitors the chance to bike, camp, climb, hike, and maybe even glimpse desert bighorn sheep. 

Climber taking himself off rope after rappelling from a 100ft rock ledge
Photo by Anne Linger



Colorado State Parks

Mesa County has two main state parks. Highline Lake offers visitors a chance to use their motorized and non-motorized watercraft.  While the James M. Robb State Parks, five different parks renamed in honor of a visionary, provides a wide range of activities. Come camp, hike, and play in the water!

Campfire on Vega State Park near Collbran Colorado

COPMOBA - Grand Valley Canyons

The local mountain bike chapter who's motto is to "build, maintain, and advocate" for mountain biking in the Grand Valley. For more information on the biking trails in the Grand Valley, head to the GVC website.

Rider going down knife edge trail, lots of desert and trail seen in the distance.
Photo by Marc Huster 


Interactive Map of Trails

from our GIS Department! 

Colorado National Monument with Grand Valley in Background

National Forest Service

Mesa County houses the Grand Valley Ranger district which includes the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests.  Recreation includes biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, and skiing.

Backcountry skier in powder with black and white background
Photo by Marc Huster