Hike/Explore Coal Canyon Wild Horse Area

Directions: From Grand Junction take I-70 East to the Cameo exit (Exit 45), cross the Colorado River and drive past the power plant. Stay on the main road. Follow the road westward for approximately 1.5 miles to the Coal Canyon trailhead.

From this trailhead you can access Coal Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, the Hoodoo trail, Main Canyon, the Spring Creek trail and the Ute trail. I haven't hiked in the wild horse area very much, so I plan to start on the Main Canyon trail and explore the area. You can make this hike as long or as short as you would like.

 

 

Bring:

Water

Sunscreen

Bug Juice

Camera

Appropriate Trail Footwear

Trekking Poles (optional)

 

 

 

DOGS:

This is the Wild Horse Area. We're in with wild animals. Please make sure your dogs are under control at all times.  There can be no chasing of the horses. Bring all their accessories: poop bags, leash, water & collapsable bowl (there will be no Fido water on this trail)

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  • Stacie B.

    I can't believe I waited so long to check out this area when it's on my way home. I will definitely be exploring here more often. Thanks for joining me Mike. Maybe by time you get back from your adventure I will know the trails a little better.

    July 23, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Thanks Stacie for putting this hike on the board. Didn't see any horses but lots of manure. I'd be interested in bushwacking to to the pinnacle northeast of the trailhead in the future. Would also like to hike the HooDoo trail after August when the fall weather starts to set in.

    July 22, 2013

  • Anne F.

    Sorry got out of work very late, have top keep all those fortune 500 company's happy, yuck. Too late to make and not happy as I have wanted to see this area for a long time esp the horses.

    July 22, 2013

  • Lorraine H.

    I thought I posted and it did not register..now too late. I work until 6pm and then would need to go home...could not make it darn it!! Next time.

    July 22, 2013

  • Mike W.

    I'll drive as well - will leave at 5:45 so I may be a little early.

    July 22, 2013

  • Anne F.

    Ok that makes sense, I will just drive not far

    July 22, 2013

  • Anne F.

    Are you all carpooling or???

    July 19, 2013

    • Stacie B.

      I live in DeBeque so I'm just stopping for a hike on my way home.

      July 22, 2013

  • Anne F.

    Yes I am in may bring a guest will let you know.

    July 19, 2013

  • Anne F.

    How far are you hiking? What is the terrain like. I have been in the area but not on foot. Gorgeous horse.

    July 18, 2013

    • Stacie B.

      I plan on hiking about 3-4 miles. The gjhikes website shows this area as moderate to strenuous but I'm not exactly sure what the terrain is like because I haven't explored this trail yet. I've walked up the road from the trailhead and it was relatively flat, easy walking. I believe the main canyon trail has more elevation gain.

      July 19, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Anne - I've hiked the Coal Canyon and HooDoo Trails in the WSA. Once you begin climbing up into the canyon the trail is comparable to Liberty Cap - not as much rock but steep in places. If you are comfortable on Serpent's Trail and Liberty Cap you will be comfortable on the Coal Canyon trail.

      July 19, 2013

  • Mary h.

    This is great Stacie! Love this part of the world but can't go on this adventure. Off on a river one instead. Thanks for posting.

    July 18, 2013

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