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Dry Fork

Great views into Hunter Canyon and options to explore hoodoo rock formations.

Total Miles

42

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Elevation
7,100'
Duration
4 to 5 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Spring or Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Dry Fork
Follow Cocoran Wash for 13 miles and you will reach an overlook with great views into Hunter Canyon. The trail then follows a ridge with many opportunities to walk around and explore hoodoo rock formations. The south end has the most vistas and hoodoo rocks. Lots of trails and camping options in this area. Make it an even longer day or weekend by connecting to Monument Rocks through Wild Horse Viewing Area. This trail is open all year, but may close unexpectedly for weather.
History
In 1967, the Dry Creek area was subject to sagebrush chaining by the BLM. Chaining is used for fire and water mitigation. The process includes two bulldozers driving in the same direction dragging a large boat anchor chain between them. The chain is typically around 220 ft. long and consists of 70-90 lb. links. Videos of this process can be found online. The process is still used today.
Getting There
Get off I-70 at De Beque, Exit 62, and head north to gas station on right. From gas station, continue north 3.8 miles over river on Roan Creek Road, C.R. 45. Turn left on paved XY Road, C.R. 200.
Contact for Current Conditions
Grand Junction BLM Field Office
2815 H Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 244-3000