Kokopelli Trail System, Colorado

Kokopelli Trail System, Colorado
Hike the Kokopelli Trail System outside of Fruita, Colorado, and note the stark contrast between the sweeping elegance and the brutal harshness of the desert landscape of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

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Length:  Varies – 45.7 Miles of Trail in Kokopelli Loops System
Trailhead(s):  Multiple – Kokopelli, Mack Ridge, or Hawkeye Trailheads
Elevation Gain:  Depends on Chosen Routes
Trail Type:  Loop or Point-to-Point
Dogs:  Allowed
Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate
Permit Required?  No
Considerations:  Desert conditions; rocky; multi-use. 
Season:  Year Round


Hike the Kokopelli Trail system outside of Fruita, Colorado and witness firsthand the stark contrast between the sweeping elegance and the brutal harshness of the desert landscape of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.


Mountain Biking and Hiking

Used primarily and heavily by mountain bikers, the Kokopelli Loops Trail System is for hikers too.  Even though we meet up with them on the trails, we can usually see or hear them coming and their activity does not overwhelm or detract from the hike.  In fact, it is generally easy to step aside and be entertained watching them as they tackle the technical terrain.  Having both biked and hiked here, I can assure you the trails are a much greater challenge on two wheels than they are on foot.

Rustlers Loop, Wranglers Loop, and Horsethief Bench Loop

I especially enjoyed Rustlers and Horsethief Bench Loop Trails for their gorgeous views of the Colorado River, and Wranglers Loop for its long range views.  All also offer varied and interesting terrain as well as wonderful rock formations.  Further, the technical aspects of these scenic trails provide a nice workout for hikers without being overly demanding.  That is to say, you can slow down and drink in breathtaking birds-eye views of the Colorado River with red rock walls above it, interesting rock formations and plants along the trail, gorgeous sweeping distant views, and lovely side canyons.  There is much to see, and these trails take some time to explore.  As such, plan to be here awhile because there is a considerable amount of delightful “eye candy” to enjoy.

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Additional Information

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Gear We Use for Day Hiking

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