Recreation Areas

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area:

Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness


Natural arch

[McInnis Canyons NCA]


[Devils Canyon]

[Mack Ridge]

[Rabbit Valley]

[Ruby-Horsethief River Corridor]


Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness encompasses seven major canyon systems within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. This is a great place for backpacking, primitive camping, horseback riding and hunting. Hikers will enjoy views of red-rock cliffs, natural arches, spires, windows, giant alcoves and desert patina. During the spring, waterfalls and pools complement these fantastic geological features. The resulting drainages support cottonwoods, willows, box elders and other riparian plants. After successful reintroduction of desert bighorn sheep, populations are large enough for hunting. The Colorado Plateau is also a fantastic place place to view mountain lions, mule deer, elk, golden eagles, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, collared lizards, an occasional black bear, and more.

Field Office:  Grand Junction

Total Area:  80,670 acres (75,550 acres Colorado/5,120 acres Utah)
Elevation Range:  4,300 - 7,130 feet

  • Camping
  • Fossil viewing
  • Geological marvels
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Water recreation
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife viewing
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • No developed campgrounds
  • No drinking water
  • No paved roads
  • Available in Grand Junction and Fruita: lodging, restaurants and shops

From Grand Junction, travel west on Colorado 340. Just after crossing the bridge, turn left onto Monument Road/Glade Park Road. Turn left onto D S Road, and then turn right onto 16 5/10 Road. Turn left onto Black Ridge Road and follow signs for Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness.


Additional Information:

About Black
Ridge Canyons Wilderness