The last set of adventures in 2019 took place during Nate’s October Break. We drove out to Grand Junction, Colorado, at the intersection of the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau. In addition to being adjacent to Colorado National Monument and other desert hiking areas, it also has a fun little downtown with a selection of good restaurants. Combined with that the fact that it isn’t that far from home, Grand Junction is a great base camp for desert adventures.
The day after arriving, we drove towards the Utah border to hike at Rabbit Ears Mesa. This area offered great views of Ruby and Horsethief Canyons, both carved by the Colorado River just downstream from Grand Junction and Fruita.
The guidebook and the map both showed the hike as being five miles long. However, the trail and the map didn’t match the guidebook; the trail had been extended from an out-and-back into a loop. The loop itself turned out to be seven miles long, getting me in trouble with the family, but also providing additional scenery.