McInnis Canyons Conservation Area, Fruita

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The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is a 123,400-acre National Conservation Area located in Mesa County, west of Grand Junction, Colorado. The MCNCA has rugged sandstone canyons, natural arches, spires, and alcoves carved into the Colorado Plateau, through which runs a 24-mile stretch of the Colorado River. Included in the MCNCA is the 75,500-acre Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness with 5,200 acres extending into eastern Grand County, Utah at the MCNCA's western boundary.

The MCNCA is managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, and was officially designated on October 24, 2000, when the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000 became Public Law 106-353. The NCA was renamed after Congressman Scott McInnis on January 1, 2005.

McInnis Canyons NCA has a variety of resources and recreation opportunities resulting in users with diverse interests, including hiking, biking, float boating, off-highway vehicle use, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife watching, backpacking, camping, and grazing resources; as well as geological, paleontological and scientific sites.
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  • We ventured into this area even though at first, it looks like you're just headed into a neighborhood. The trailheads were very accessible by car and felt safe, and the trails were nice for us and...  more »
  • This is a beautifully rough, natural canyon. We took a seven mile hike in a round trip. It would've been longer, but we didn't want to get lost in 90 degree heat. The canyon trails are very poorly....  more »

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