Most trails starting on Rim Rock Dr are relatively short, such as the half-mile Coke Ovens hike or the quarter-mile Devils Kitchen. The numerous canyons are more interesting, but rugged terrain makes loop hikes difficult or impossible; a steep descent from the canyon rim means an equally steep ascent on the return.

We recommend a car or bicycle shuttle, since some trailheads outside the park are reached most easily from Hwy 340, the Broadway/Redlands Rd between Fruita and Grand Junction.

If you have half a day and lots of ambition, it’s interesting to make for Rattlesnake Arches, the largest collection of natural arches anywhere outside Arches National Park. Getting there is tricky, since the arches can be accessed by trailheads in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Black Ridge Wilderness Area or within the national monument. Inquire about directions at the BLM office in Grand Junction or the Saddlehorn Visitor Center.