Are you looking for a fun, beautiful, but relatively easy hike for you and the family this weekend? One of the best places to hike is Old Gordon Trail, a four-mile trek each way along the rocks and sandstone of this gorgeous desert area. It’s important to keep in mind that it is four miles each way, so if you aren’t in the best of shape right now, it might be a good idea to do half the trail, turn around, and come back. Otherwise, it would be an eight-mile round trip.
Getting to the trailhead is easy. Just head out along Monument Road in Grand Junction to the park entrance. From the east entrance, you will drive for about another .2 miles to the parking lot, which will be on your left. Keep in mind that the lot is actually quite small, so there will be limited parking available. However, you can find some additional parking when you take a right and go into the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. Both Old Gordon and Devils Kitchen hikes share the same trailhead. Be sure to bring a map along with you, just in case you get turned around a bit.
In addition to having a map, you always need to make sure you are hiking smart. This means that you should have the right tools, equipment, and items with you. Though you don’t need to pack like a survivalist, it’s a good idea to bring along more water than you feel you actually need, as well as some food, such as granola bars or trail mix for a bit of added energy. You should also bring some spray for bugs, a knife for emergencies, and a compass. While you won’t likely need them, it’s better to have them on hand just in case you do. Be sure to bring a camera along with you, as well. Old Gordon Trail has some stellar views.