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."