Rough Canyon | Grand Junction

Hiking Rough Canyon - Grand Junction Hiking Rough Canyon

Grand Junction

Overview

RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Fri

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

80 | 64

Sat

A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 84.

84 | 61

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 89.

89 | 65

Mon

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 91.

91 | 67

Tue

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 92.

92 | 68

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SEASON: Spring, Fall (Winter if there is little or no snow on the ground) Hot in the summer.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Bring All You Need

Fri

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

80 | 64

Sat

A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 84.

84 | 61

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 89.

89 | 65

Mon

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 91.

91 | 67

Tue

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 92.

92 | 68

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Rough Canyon in late March on a heavy snow winter.

Rough Canyon in late March on a heavy snow winter.

Rough Canyon did not live up to its name! We had read several accounts of Rough Canyon being, well, rough. Slow-going, many obstacles, and not a lot of fun. We, on the other hand, found a lovely hike with a well-defined trail that was easy to follow. It has a small bit of roughness to it, but overall, we really enjoyed it.

The hike descends from the parking area to Rough Canyon, then meanders down Rough Canyon. You can either return the same way, or hike on the Tabeguache Trail Four-Wheel Drive/ATV trail back to the trailhead, making a loop. Either way is charming, and certainly those looking for a shorter hike would be well served by doing an out and back as far as time and energy dictate. I thought the best part of the hike was early on, and easy to visit in an hour or two. The trail had enough obstacles and scenery to keep our 5-year-old mostly motivated and having a good time.

Not far from the trailhead descending into Rough Canyon

Not far from the trailhead descending into Rough Canyon

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