What to See and Do
Hiking and Biking
Storm King Trail
The Storm King Trail is a challenging loop trail that's just 13 miles east of Silt off of I-70. This trail commemorates the firefighters who lost their lives in the Storm King Mountain fire. The memorial trail starts off well-marked to the Observation Point, which is a mostly uphill trek that leads to the memorial area. Navigation of the remaining portion of the trail is made simpler by keeping the Observation Point in sight, though hikers should also be equipped with a map. Expect steep, rocky terrain and a significant ascent during the first half of the hike. Several switchbacks add to the difficulty of the trail. At the fork, you can go left, which is a continuation of the trail, or you can go right, which leads up the side of a steep mountain.
Length: 3.6 miles
Fishing and Boating
The South Canyon Recreation Site provides seasonal access to the Colorado River for anglers and boaters from May through November. Fishermen can hook a variety of fish species, including walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie, channel catfish, and bluegill, but the Gold Medal waters of the river are best known for huge rainbow and brown trout catches.
Rifle Mountain Park provides the best sport climbing routes near Silt Mesa. The extensive area offers over 450 climbs on limestone walls with slight to serious overhangs. Popular areas such as Wasteland and Winchester Cave feature advanced routes while easier routes are located in the Sno-Cone Cave and Kubrick's areas.
Elk, mule deer, foxes, and coyotes are often seen wandering through the Silt Mesa RMA. Though not as commonly seen, mountain lions have been spotted along with black bears whose sightings in the area have become more frequent. Larger game birds such as pheasants and wild turkeys also inhabit Silt Mesa, and visitors are likely to see Canadian geese, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels soaring overhead.
While there is no designated picnic area in Silt Mesa, picnicking is permitted on BLM lands. Trash should be cleaned up and packed out.
Horseback Riding and OHV Use
Silt Mesa features a variety of multi-use trails that are available to horseback riders. Some trails are designated for hiking and horseback use only. BLM guidelines for trail use should be followed as the BLM area in Silt Mesa is also open to OHV riding on a separate set of trails. Use caution while sharing the trails that also permit motorized vehicles.