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Hike To Rabbit's Ear Mesa - McInnis Canyons NCA

Trail Photos, Map and Videos of Rabbit's Ear Trail; Located West of Grand Junction and Near Utah State Line

A Western Colorado high desert hike with wonderful scenery ...
Rabbit's Ear Mesa is part of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area that's located west of Fruita, Grand Junction and Colorado National Monument. The trail, shaped like a lollipop loop, is a 5-mile hike all together. The trail circles the edges of the mesa and provides grand scenery of canyons, neighboring mesas and the high desert. It is an excellent hike and one that I will remember with fondness for a long time.

Directions: Travel to Exit 2 (Rabbit Valley) on Interstate 70 in Colorado, and then go south for approximately 0.2 miles. Turn left (east) on a well-graded dirt road that travels adjacent to the Interstate. The trailhead is approximately four to five miles on this road. As always, I suggest having a quality topographical map with you, and the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #208 (Colorado National Monument / McInnis Canyons NCA) shows it all.

Rabbit's Ear Trail Colorado
The breathtaking view of canyon after canyon and the Colorado River from the southwest edge of Rabbit's Ear Mesa.

Rabbit's Ear Mesa Map
Wonder why it's called Rabbit's Ear Mesa? Notice the outline of the trail. :)

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Exit 2 Rabbit Valley

Rabbit Valley Colorado


Exit 2 on Interstate 70. This is the last exit in Colorado before the highway enters Utah.

There are no services in Rabbit Valley. Your best bet is the fill that gas tank, buy your refreshments and get anything else you need at Exit 19 in Fruita.

Rabbit's Ear Mesa, CO While standing on the bridge for Exit 2, this is the view of Rabbit's Ear Mesa.
Rabbit's Ear Trailhead I was the only person to park at the trailhead and I didn't see another soul during my hike.

The register indicated a party of three hiked two days earlier. Before that, the last person to hike the Rabbit's Ear Trail was six days earlier.

Needless to say, but this might be a great hike for anyone in Grand Junction who seeks solitude.

Rabbit's Ear Trail At the beginning of the trail, here's the view of Interstate 70, the Grand Valley and the Book Cliffs.
Rabbit's Ear Mesa Colorado Around this point, I concluded this trail might be a disappointment -- that it's a boring desert hike.

However, once I arrived on the mesa, the beautiful scenery told me otherwise.

Rabbit's Ear Trail, CO Pinions and juniper beside the trail.
Rabbit's Ear Mesa Colorado I love these old trees!
Rabbit's Ear Trail Near the southeast side of Rabbit's Ear Mesa, the views become inspiring.

The Colorado River works its way through Horsethief Canyon.

Mt. Garfield, CO I zoomed-in as much as I could to photograph Mount Garfield.

The lovely town of Fruita can be seen on the right.

Rabbit's Ear Mesa, CO A gorgeous view of the canyon and Colorado River.
Rabbits Ear Trail Colorado The views on the south side of the mesa are probably the best.
Rabbit's Ear Trail Colorado On the southwest edge of the mesa.

While I'm satisfied with my photography, I must say that the scenery was so much prettier in person.

If you're a fan of the desert and the canyons of this region, I highly recommend the Rabbit's Ear Trail.

One photo on the west side of the mesa.

Horsethief Canyon and the Colorado River.

The overlook that makes the hike worth it all.

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