Recreation Areas

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area:

Rabbit Valley


Layered sandstone formation

[McInnis Canyons NCA]


[Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness]

[Devils Canyon]

[Mack Ridge]

[Ruby-Horsethief River Corridor]


Bordering the Colorado River, Rabbit Valley is a pinyon-juniper desert landscape with rimrock outcrops. Several trails designated for various uses, including ATV and motorcycle riding, wind through unique sandstone formations and overhangs within this portion of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Visitors can also learn about the region's paleontological resources at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry and along the Trail Through Time, a 1.5-mile interpretive loop featuring 140-million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Both Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway and the Old Spanish National Historic Trail pass through this area.

Field Office:  Grand Junction

Total Area:  25,825 acres

  • Byways and
    National Trails
  • Camping
  • Fossil viewing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountaing biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • 4x4 and jeep touring

Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Mygatt-Moore Quarry
  • Trail Through Time
  • Fossil tours available through Dinosaur Journey Museum
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • Information kiosks
  • 2 primitive campgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • No drinking water
  • Parking areas
  • Available in Grand Junction and Fruita: lodging, restaurants, and shops

Directions:  From Grand Junction, travel west on I-70 and take exit 2. Immediately turn left onto Rabbit Valley Road to reach the Rabbit Valley trailhead, or turn right to reach the Trail Through Time.

Additional Information:

Trail Through Time


Map of Rabbit Valley Trail System