For those that want to see some great scenery but don't want to work for it, the Ribbon Trail is the perfect destination hike for non-hikers.

The Ribbon Trail Hike itself is about 7 miles in length and quite strenuous. But, the first part of the trail from the upper trailhead is not difficult at all, and takes you to some pretty incredible scenery in western Colorado.

Getting There

The Upper Ribbon Trailhead is located near the top of Little Park Road south of Grand Junction in the Bangs Canyon area.

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As you are traveling south on Little Park Road you will come to Mica Mines, and then a little further on the right will be the Old Kiln Trail, and just beyond that will be the Upper Ribbon Trail.

The "Hike"

The hike we're taking today is less than 1/4 mile, which takes you to a large slab of slick rock surrounded by dramatic drop-offs, unique and colorful rock formations, trees, and a splendid view of the Grand Valley. This gigantic slick rock is several hundred yards across and wouldn't be a bad place for a picnic -- just be sure to pack out all of your trash. Oh, and just so you know, the rock is not slick.

While this could be a great family destination, you will want to keep a close eye on the little ones. Keeping them close to you is your best bet. Honestly, if I had children here I would be constantly worried about them getting too close to the edge.

It's worth noting that dogs are not allowed on this trail, or any trails within the Colorado National Monument. In my opinion, it is unfortunate that dog owners can't take their pets out to these places to enjoy a romp in the country, but, rules are rules.

You can actually see this great feature at certain points as you travel along Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. Look to the south and upward and find the patch of white in the middle of the green.

Things You Don't Want to Miss

  • Bring your camera to get some of the coolest shots you will find in the Grand Junction area.
  • There is a restroom facility at the trailhead.

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