What to See and Do
Hiking and Biking
Rustler's Loop is a mountain biking trail found within the Mack Ridge - Kokopelli Trails. The moderately busy trail is perfect for newer riders. Not only is the loop easy to navigate, but it also features signs along the way that provide tips and advice. If you prefer, you can use the trail for hiking or running as well.
Length: 3.6 miles
Horsethief Bench Trail
The Horsethief Bench Trail is also found at the Mack Ridge - Kokopelli BLM site. The mountain biking loop trail is not overly challenging nor ideal for beginners. You'll be riding through a mostly open area with plenty of pretty wildflowers and scenic views for miles.
Length: 7.8 miles
Mica Mines Trail
Located near Grand Junction, CO, the Mica Mines Trail is a busy out-and-back trail that's perfect for hikers of all skill levels. Along the trail, you'll find sparse vegetation, wildflowers, and many unique rock formations. You can bring your dogs on the trail with you, but they must be leashed.
Length: 2.6 miles
Fishing & Boating
The Colorado River flows only a short distance from the Mack Ridge - Kokopelli Trails, and visitors can utilize its waters for both fishing and boating. The river is primarily known for its trout-fishing opportunities; when you cast your line, you'll have a shot to catch brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout. The Upper Colorado River is also a wonderful destination for kayaking, canoeing, and rafting.
The western section of Colorado features numerous canyons and stretches of mountainous terrain, so climbing enthusiasts will have plenty of chances for adventure. The McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area, found just south of the BLM site, features several challenging climbing routes. Alternatively, if you're willing to travel a couple of hours southeast, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park offers numerous cliffs, rock formations, and canyons, many of which are very inviting for bold climbers.
Although the wildlife tends to stay away from the actual mountain biking trails, the general area around Mack Ridge - Kokopelli is home to a variety of species. If you stray away from the trail system, some of the creatures you could spot include pronghorn antelope, coyotes, prairie dogs, mountain lions, black bears, kit foxes, and river otters. You may also catch sight of a bald eagle or peregrine falcon soaring majestically overhead.
The Mack Ridge - Kokopelli Trails BLM area contains several small camping areas, and some of those little campgrounds do feature picnic tables. Alternatively, with plenty of open space in the surrounding area, you'll pretty much be able to choose any spot you like to set up your own picnic.