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Best Loop Hikes Colorado
by Steve Johnson & David Weinstein (The Mountaineers Books)
When people think of Colorado, the state’s magnificent mountain ranges traditionally take all the credit. And deservedly so—Colorado owns the highest average elevation in the country, and its alpine acreage is nothing short of magical. Ah, but secret treasures in out-of-the-way locales are testament to just how diverse this beautiful state truly is.
Far to the west are magnificent painted canyons, vast mesas, and deep winding gorges offering a playground to desert lovers. The Pollock Bench Loop in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness follows a long, curving cliff face, moves through dense junipers and piñon, and offers terrific views of the “forgotten” canyons in western Colorado.
Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Junction and Fruita
by Bill Haggerty (Falcon Guides)
The Devils Canyon and Pollock Bench trail system is an intricate network of trails that explore the yawning mouths of both Devils and Pollock Canyons in the front country of the 123,000-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this roadless area is shared with horseback riders.
This is a good late season, moderate hike with nice rocks.
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