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McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
Storm clouds over double arch in Mee Canyon, with text "McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area."

About the NCA...

Located in the high desert canyon country of western Colorado and eastern Utah, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area consists of approximately 123,430 acres of BLM-administered land near Grand Junction, Colorado.  

Among its unique natural resources are the more than 75,000 acres of the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, which includes the second-largest concentration of natural arches in North America. Internationally important fossils have been uncovered during more than a century of excavation. Pictograph and petroglyph sites abound, and the Old Spanish Trail, once referred to as the “longest, crookedest, most arduous mule route in the history of America,” runs through the NCA. Today, the NCA is a recreation destination, drawing visitors to the world-class mountain biking on Mack Ridge and along the 142-mile Kokopelli trail, which extends to Moab, Utah. Twenty-five miles of the Colorado River wind their way through the NCA, attracting boaters who value straightforward floating through spectacular multi-hued sandstone canyons.

The NCA benefits from the attention of a vibrant network of people, from historic and current ranching families to the active Friends group working to protect and support this special place. Traditional land uses, such as grazing, continue, guided by management to protect the values for which the NCA was established.



What do we do? Read the NCA manager's report for 2014

Click here to view, print, or download the fiscal year 2014 McInnis Canyons NCA Manager's Report (12 MB).

(For reports from previous years, click here to visit the Management page).

PLEASE NOTE: You will need Adobe Acrobat to open this document. You can download the free Acrobat Reader from the Adobe website:

 Picture of cover of McInnis Canyons NCA FY 2013 Manager's Report---click to view report.

Contact Us

McInnis Canyons NCA
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
phone: (970) 244-3000

NCA Manager: Collin Ewing

Brochures and Maps

McInnis Canyons NCA

Devil's, Flume, Pollock Bench

Colorado River Ruby-Horsethief

Kokopelli Trails - COPMOBA

Lunch Loops

Rabbit Valley