Rough Canyon

Glade Park, Colorado 81523

Rough Canyon

Rough Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Rough Canyon, only 8.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction, is geologically fascinating and home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals. As its name implies, it’s also rough, rugged, and rocky. Well, it’s rugged, but not that rough. You can’t make it down with a walker, but you don’t need ropes either.

The best time of year to visit this little-used trail is mid- to late May when the wildflowers are in full bloom—orange
desert globemallow, flowering cliffrose, pink and yellow prickly pear cactus, vibrant-red claret cup cactus, burnt-red
Indian paintbrush, hairy goldenaster, purple desert lupine-right here in the desert only minutes from downtown Grand Junction."

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Trail Information

Glade Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Year-round, but very hot in the summer
BLM Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81506; (970) 244-3000, st/en/fo/gjfo.html
Local Contacts
USGS Island Mesa; Trails Illustrated Colorado National Monument/McInnis Canyons NCA; BLM Grand Junction Resource Area, Third Flats Shared Trails, Bangs Canyon (brochure)
Local Maps