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Bangs Canyon / Windmill Loop


This trail loops through the popular Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Area close to Grand Junction. It follows the rim of Rough Canyon along a sandstone fin, with an optional stop at the “playground area” that offers a range of ledges to try. This area has seen some new post & cable and signage, with the Grand Mesa Jeep Club and several other local motorized clubs pitching in to help the BLM. It’s mostly dirt from there on out, with the rockiest sections being the climb back up from the Rough Canyon crossing.


Views of Rough Canyon, optional obstacles to try in the “Playground”, views of the Gunnison River

Minimum Requirements

A rear locker or limited slip, 33” tires


Mild with a few ledges and rocks to navigate


Easy to get to and close to town with approximately 18 miles of trail.

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