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Bangs Canyon Recreation Area

Rocky overlookBangs Canyon Recreation Area features high desert canyons and plateaus. Slick rock surfaces, sand and bentonite clay provide for a wide array of recreational activities. Ladder Canyon and Rough Canyon are particularly popular with rock climbers. Visitors will enjoy hiking and mountain biking on the Lunch Loops Trail System, while routes extending from Bangs Canyon Trailhead are great for horseback riding, off-highway vehicles use and jeeping. Four-wheel drivers will also love Billings Canyon Jeep Trail. Travelers touring Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway will pass by Bangs Canyon.

Field Office:  Grand Junction

Total Area:  58,000 acres
Elevation Range:  4,500 - 7,250 feet

  • Byway
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • 4x4 and jeep touring
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Billings Canyon Jeep Trail
  • Information kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Roadside pull-offs
  • Parking areas
  • Available in Grand Junction: lodging, restaurants, shops and vehicle services

Directions:  To the north end: travel west from Grand Junction on Highway 340. After crossing the bridge, turn left onto Monument Road. Turn left onto D Road, turn right onto Rosevale Road, and then turn right on Little Park Road. Look for signs for Bangs Canyon on the left. To the south end: travel south from Grand Junction on US-50. At Whitewater, turn right onto Colorado 141 and look for trailhead access points.

Additional Information:

Bangs Canyon Recreation Area

Bangs Canyon Trailhead

Lunch Loops
Trail System


Bangs Canyon Recreation Area brochure

Map of the
Lunch Loops
Trail System