Devils Canyon

OutAndBack • 6.9 mi • 0 ft

This hike takes you into an easily accessible canyon in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area.The trail first crosses open high-desert country of rabbitbrush, junipers, and other thorny plants. It then makes a loop in Devils Canyon, below huge walls of Wingate sandstone and interesting rock formations. Part of the loop follows the creek bottom and should be avoided during thunderstorms. Hiking beneath immense sandstone cliffs and past amphitheaters in a colorful canyon is a real treat! Keep an eye out for desert bighorn sheep and rattlesnakes.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fruita
Length: 6.9 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Year-round; avoid hot summer days
Other Uses: Equestrians, hunters (in season); dogs must be under control. There is little to no water on the trail.
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction; 970-244-3000; blm.gov/co/ st/en/nca/mcnca/wilderness.html
Local Maps: USGS Mack and Battleship Rock
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2/18/2006

7 miles, not too strenuous, beautiful. Round trip took us 4 1/2 hours with lots of stopping to take pictures. The little cabin at the end of the loop would provide a place to spend the night if one wanted.

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