Recreation Areas

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

Red-rock river canyon

[Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness]

[Devils Canyon]

[Mack Ridge]

[Rabbit Valley]

[Ruby-Horsethief River Corridor]



Located in the high desert canyons of western Colorado, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area encompasses an array of landscapes. Hikers will be stunned by the red-rock cliffs, natural arches, spires and windows of Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. Nearby, Ruby-Horsethief River Corridor offers class I and II flatwater boating through scenic red canyons. Alongside the Colorado River, Mack Ridge features Kokopelli's Trail, an incredible long-distance mountain biking route. McInnis Canyons provides habitat for mountain lions, desert bighorn sheep, elk, deer, eagles and collared lizards. This area is also known for its fascinating paleontological resources. Visitors can view and learn about a variety of prehistoric fossils at the nearby Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita. Meanwhile, Fruita Paleontological Area and Dinosaur Hill are located within Devils Canyon. Rabbit Valley includes the Mygatt-Moore Quarry and the Trail Through Time. Rabbit Valley is also a great place to stop along both the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway and the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.

Field Office:  Grand Junction

Total Area:  122,750 acres (117,180 Colorado/5,120 Utah)
Elevation Range:  4,300 - 7,130 feet

  • Byways and
    National Trails
  • Camping
  • Fossil viewing
  • Geological marvels
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Water recreation
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife viewing
  • 4x4 and jeep touring


Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Dinosaur Hill
  • Fruita Paleontological Area
  • Mygatt-Moore Quarry
  • Trail Through Time
  • Fossils tours through
    Dinosaur Journey Museum
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • Boating and mountain biking outfitters
  • Boat launch at Loma
  • Campsites
  • Information kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Parking areas
  • Picnic areas
  • Available in Grand Junction and Fruita: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area can be accessed via a number of routes. For more information, contact Grand Junction Field Office.


Additional Information:

About McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area


Hiking trails


Canyons National Conservation Area brochure