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Bookcliffs

Bookcliffs

Season Dates: Year round

Fees: None

Site Overview: The Bookcliffs Range, which begins in the eastern portion of the Grand Junction Field Office, stretches roughly 200 miles into central Utah. The Bookcliffs area in the Grand Junction Field Office is home to the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range, a unique area set aside to protect herds of wild horses, and two Wilderness Study Areas: Little Bookcliffs WSA and Demaree WSA. Another popular recreation venture is the hike to the top of Mt. Garfield, a prominent feature in the Grand Valley. 

Maps: Mount Garfield Trail

Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range Trails 

Directions: There are two accesses into the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area: Coal Canyon and Winter Flats Rd.  Coal Canyon entrance:   From Grand Junction, take I-70 east to the Cameo exit, cross the Colorado River and drive past the Public Service power plant. Stay on the main road.  The road will veer westward for approximately 1.5 miles where you will come to a very obvious parking area.  NOTE:  The Coal Canyon Trail is closed to motorized traffic from December  1 - May 30, hiking and horseback riding are permitted year round.   De Beque/Winter Flats Road entrance:  From Grand Junction take I-70 east and take the De Beque exit.  Cross over the Colorado River and stay on main road, take a left in to the town of De Beque (4th Street) stay on this road until you come to the gas station, take a left and follow the road all the way to the end.  This is 2nd street.  Proceed to Winter Flats Road and turn right here. Travel approximately 20 miles, this will take you to a fork in the road, the right branch will take you to the North Soda area (the northern most point of the Wild Horse Area) and the left branch will take you into the Indian Park area.  CAUTION:  Winter Flats road is a 4X4 road year round and usually impassable during winter months and in rainy conditions.

Contact Information: Grand Junction Field Office, 970-244-3000

Activities:

HikingHorseback Riding

Facilities:

Information Kiosk


Main Canyon


Recreation Opportunities in the Bookcliffs:

Mount Garfield Trailhead                            Hiking              

Coal Canyon Trailhead                               HikingHorseback Riding

Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range              HikingHorseback Riding

Little Bookcliffs Wilderness Study Area       HikingHorseback Riding

Demaree Wilderness Study Area                HikingHorseback Riding