Mica Mine

Glade Park, Colorado 81523

Mica Mine

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Mica glitters brightly in the BLM’s Bangs Canyon area, located at an elevation of 6,155 feet and only 8.2 miles from the corner of Fourth and Main Streets in Grand Junction.

The word “mica” comes from the Latin micare, meaning “to glitter,” in reference to the brilliant appearance of the mineral that was once mined here in the 1950s. Mica is a component of numerous products, including electrical insulation and windows."

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Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"A ten-year-old told me, “It’s a trail covered in sparkly fairy dust that goes to a cool, shiny cave.” Her mom added, “The trail to Mica Mine gives me a good dose of sandstone serenity.” Considered Grand Junction’s classic, and no doubt prettiest hike, the trail follows Ladder Canyon’s shaded streambed to the Mica Mine. It’s best experienced in spring or fall, when the stream flows or the cottonwoods glow in shades of gold. However, a cloudy, breezy summer day can be comfortable in the canyon, as it was during our midday hike in July. From the parking lot, follow the wide, rocky path as it descends 0.1 mile to the junction of the Rough Canyon and Mica Mine trails. Head right on the Mica Mine Trail, entering the leafy canyon bottom. Throughout the hike the trail threads stands of cottonwood, sage, pinyon, and juniper, edging the stream and then following a less rocky route." Read more

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Trail Information

Glade Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1- 2 hours
Good year-round, but very hot in the middle of summer
BLM Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81506; (970) 244-3000, blm.gov/co/ st/en/fo/gjfo.html
Local Contacts
USGS Island Mesa, BLM Grand Junction Resource Area, Third Flats Shared Trails, Bangs Canyon (brochure)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018