Map of the Colorado Riverfront Trail, Grand Junction - Fruita, CO


Colorado Riverfront Trail, Grand Junction - Fruita, Colorado

Colorado Riverfront Trail, Colorado

Colorado Riverfront Trail, Colorado


20 miles


paved / unpaved


Fruita, Grand Junction, Clifton, Palisade


natural areas along the Colorado River, local parks, views of the Colorado National Mounment, Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa, Wesern Colorado Botanical Gardens, bridges across the river


Grand Junction


Glenwood Springs

Regional Trails

The Colorado Riverfront Trail is a system of paved pathways that span over 20 miles. The pathways are located along the Colorado River in the cities of Palisade, Grand Junction and Fruita in western Colorado.

The Colorado Riverfront Trail provides beautiful views of the powerful Colorado River and the beautiful multi-colored cliffs of the Colorado National Monument. There are also views of the Bookcliffs to the north and the Grand Mesa to the east. The trail wanders through the natural areas alongside the river which includes grassy meadow and cottonwood groves. It is an excellent place to see some of the local and migrating bird life and also provides locations to go fishing.

The trail system goes by numerous local parks and other attractions along the way. There are three separate areas where the trail has been completed. The longest section being between Fruita and the south side of Downtown Grand Junction. There are also completed sections of the trail to the south of D Road in Clifton and a section to the south of the community of Palisade.


The Colorado Riverfront Trail is mostly paved, with some access paths and side paths that have a graded compacted surface. The trail is open for bike riding, running and walking. Much of the trail is located away from roadways and congestion.

Springtime weather conditions can cause the river to rise. Check on the conditions of the trail before venturing out and always stay away from high water and closed sections of the trail.


The Colorado Riverfront Trail goes past the following communities: Fruita, Grand Junction, Clifton, and Palisade.

Points of Interest

The Colorado Riverfront Trail goes past the following points of interest:

James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park
Colorado Welcome Center - Fruita
Heritage Park - Fruita
Adobe Creek National Golf Course
Walter Walker State Wildlife Area
Junior Service League Park
James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Connected Lakes Section
Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
Watson Island
Las Colinas Park
Pedestrian / Bike Bridges over the Colorado River
Eagle Rim Park
Orchard Mesa Pool
West Lake & East Lake - Clifton
Corn Lake
Clifton Nature Park
Riverbend Park - Palisades
End Points

There are several sections to the Colorado Riverfront Trail. See the map for the multiple locations to connect to the trail.

End points are located at the following locations.

- Interstate 70 Frontage Road at S. Mesa Street in Fruita.

- 29 Road and D Road in Clifton.

- 29 Road to the south of C 1/2 Road in Clifton.

- D 1/2 Road and 33 1/2 Road in Clifton.

- Grand Valley Canal Road and 36 1/4 Road in Palisade.

- Brentwood Drive in Palisade.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Colorado Riverfront Trail in western Colorado.