I-70 West

I-70 West

Rattlesnake Canyon from the trail.
Rattlesnake Canyon from the trail.

Highlights:

  • WaterfallsHanging Lake is unique and beautiful – Rifle Falls
  • Fall ColorsGrand Mesa
  • Scenic vistas450 ft tall Independence Monument in the Colorado NM – Natural stone arches in Rattlesnake Canyon
  • FlowersRifle Falls – Grand Mesa

Hanging Lake

Put it on your bucket list!

Waterfall and fall colors at Hanging Lake, CO

How to get there:

Travel west of Eagle on I-70 to the Grizzly Creek exit (121) in Glenwood Canyon. After exiting, get back on the highway going eastbound to the Hanging Lake exit. The trail begins 1/4 mile east of the rest area on the left just before the bridge.

  • From I-70/C470
  • 148 miles 2 hr 30 mins
  • GPS: Parking Area
  • 39.5888 -107.1916

In General:Hiking $12 Permit Required

This short, steep, scenic trail climbs up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon, gaining 936′ in elevation in 1.2 miles, to spectacular Hanging Lake.

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Rifle Falls

Three falls in one!

The three waterfalls at Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado.

How to get there:

Take I-70 to the Rifle exit (90), then go north 14 miles.

  • From I-70/C470 to the park
  • 171 miles 3 hr 15 mins
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 39.6743 -107.7000

In General:CampgroundFishing Available

Three hiking trails provide access to the caves, the top of the falls, and the creek upstream and downstream from the park. The Bobcat Trail follows Rifle Creek to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Fish Hatchery. Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout are found in East Rifle Creek, which flows through Rifle Falls. Fish up to 20 inches long have been taken, with 10- to 12- inch fish being the average size.

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Grand Mesa

More than 300 stream-fed lakes. America's BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Looking west from the Crag Crest trail.

How to get there:

I-70 west to exit 49. The route begins on SH 65 and continues over the Grand Mesa to Cedaredge.

  • From I-70/C470 to the VC
  • 242 miles 4 hrs
  • GPS
  • Visitors Center
  • 39.04053 -107.9877

In General:CampgroundFishing Available

  • Length (w/Lands End):
  • 72 miles   Driving Time: min. 2 hours

The top of Grand Mesa ranges from 10,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level and is dotted with more than 300 stream-fed lakes and dozens of back roads and trails to explore. It’s big!

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Colorado National Monument

Deep canyons and soaring cliffs. National Park

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The Coke Ovens from Rim Rock Dr.

How to get there:

I-70 to Exit 19 (Fruita) and south on Highway 340

  • From I-70/C470 to NM Ent
  • 244 miles 4 hrs
  • GPS
  • Ent Station
  • 39.1186 -108.7314

In General:Campground

  • Length: 23 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour

Vehicle Entrance Fee: $20

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Rattlesnake Arches

A large concentration of natural arches.

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How to get there:

The route is accessed from Rimrock Dr within the Colorado National Monument. Inform the attendant at the entrance station that your destination is the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and you will be permitted to pass through the monument at no cost.

  • From I-70/C470 to Arches TH
  • 265 miles 6 hrs
  • GPS
  • Arches TH
  • 39.1370 -108.8336

In General:4wd vehicle with low range requiredHiking Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 22 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour

There are two roads that are seasonally opened to motorized travel. The first part of the road is shared by both roads and they intersect again near the far end.

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