The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area, Grand Junction: Address, The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area Reviews: 4.5/5

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area
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Millie A
Phoenix, AZ20 contributions
Fun Dirt roads and we were lucky enough to see 4 wild horses!!
May 2021
While driving the dirt roads we stopped along to road to check maps and met another couple doing the same thing. We followed each other into the Wild Horse area and spotted 4 horses in the shade of one tree. We watched for a while and the horses decided we were ok watching and they ventured out to graze and we were able to snap several photos. Very fun day!
Written May 27, 2021
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Harvey B
Newburgh, NY55 contributions
Be prepared
Oct 2020
Say hello to Mr & Mrs idiot. We went on this hike for our 33 anniversary.
Good first.
Saw a beautiful wild horse and 10 big horn sheep. Great views all the way.

Please follow this advice.
Get the COTREX app before you go, it saved us and is free and don’t need service.

Our mistake was the going down part, we did the loop and as soon as we started down Hoodoo we knew we were in trouble. We were heading to coal canyon trail but the very steep downhill got us. When you hit Coal canyon trail BLM 300 it is sand so walking was very hard after the downhill.
We ended up calling 911 for a ride out for our safety.

Just be prepared with water and watch your miles. I calculated 13 miles in 6 hours.
We ended up 18 miles as per fit bit in 10 hours. Not bad for 62 ish hikers.

Written October 26, 2020
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Sally T
Albuquerque, NM4,946 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Sep 2019
Hubby and I were looking for a nice easy hike since we spent a whole day on the top of the mountains the day before and wanted to see something different. So we asked our friend to take us for some sightseeing and we drove to the Town of De Beque. DeBeque is a quaint and historic community nestled along the Colorado River and Roan Plateau with many area attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

We drove to the De Beque/Dry Fork entrance, Exit I-70 and proceed north 3.2 miles to the Dry Fork Road. Turned left and traveled 20 miles until we crossed a cattle guard and the road forks. The right fork went to the North Soda area and the left fork to the Indian Park and Winter Flats areas.

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range is located between De Beque and Grand Junction is one of only three ranges in the U.S. set aside specifically to protect wild horses. It covers over 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus. More than 100 horses roam the sagebrush parks and pinyon-juniper covered hills but it was late morning when we arrived to catch a glimpse of the wild horses. They only appear in the early morning and late evening hours.

We hiked and enjoyed scenic views of colored rocks on the little book cliffs. The trails dipped and weaved through intriguing rock formations and challenging drainage ways. Definitely a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Written September 30, 2019
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Dot C
Catharpin, VA19 contributions
Long drive
Sep 2019 • Friends
We drove to the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area. The views were fabulous , but the road was rough. You must have 4 wheel drive to make it. The drive from the highway was about 23 miles but took well over an hour. Once in the park we saw five horses but they were very far away. If you are going to hike or for the view it is a nice trip but just driving to see the horses was not worth the trip.
Written September 29, 2019
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Aerovest
3 contributions
Friends of the Mustang
Aug 2019
Friends of the Mustang is a very active and sociable group of horsemen/horsewomen who support the BLM in the management of the wild horse management area on the Little Book Cliffs. Their club is a 501 C 3 organization the is open to membership and actively seeks new members and support from all over the country. If you want to really see wild horses in their natural environment and don't mind getting your hands dirty they welcome community involvement for numerous work parties and other activities supporting the nearly 150 wild horses in the immediate area.
Written September 29, 2019
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CDR1857
Arvada, CO492 contributions
Peaceful, quiet area but no horses in sight August 2019
Aug 2019
I understand that if you go in May or October your chances of seeing the horse’s increases. We went during the month of August coinciding with the Palisade Peach Festival. It was hot. Because of wrong Google directions, we arrived later than anticipated (9:30 am). We only hiked for about an hour and 40 minutes because it was getting too dang hot. I wore a wide-brimmed hat and took an umbrella. The umbrella saved me for sure. I would have gotten too hot. Wear hiking boots. Slather on the sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Some parts of the trail are sandy and if you walk in the creek bed itself, there's fine silt and plenty of rocks. I would stay higher next time to have a more panoramic view. We did not plan for this BTW, we just stumbled on to the idea while headed to Grand Junction.

A small, foot long snake slithered in front of us on the creek bed. We saw a Steller's jay, a hare, and plenty of cute little lizards. FYI; take exit 45 in Cameo, not 46. Drive directly away from the Kokopelli Farm Market (organic), under the highway until you turn right onto the frontage road. Go over the bridge near the power lines. You'll pass the shooting range. Keep driving up the road almost 2 miles until you get to the trail head. IT'S OK NOT TO HAVE A 4WD VEHICLE. I drive a van and my friend has a Honda Acura. Both vehicles were just fine. There are washboards on the road and you can see where the water would wash over the road if it were raining so be careful during a rainstorm! When it's hot and dry, a car is just fine. It's very dusty and full of gravel which your tires will pick up. There's a one-stall bathroom with a lock on the handle. It was clean! It’s pretty isolated up there so bring a companion.
Written August 20, 2019
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Michael B
Katy, TX14 contributions
Wild, Wild Horses
Jun 2019
We picked a bad day to go due to the high heat. The first part of the hike into little book cliffs is a little strenuous as you climb up and over a ridge to get into the canyons. There is very little shade, so be prepared with a hat and lots of water. We didn't have to go very far before we spotted some horses. We plan to return when the weather is a little cooler.
Written July 2, 2019
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Rainy l
Denver, CO48 contributions
Peaceful and Full of Animals
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went in the late afternoon because we heard that was a good time to see the horses. The parking lot was easy to find (and now has a restroom!). There is a gate to encourage the horses to stay in, but it's simple to open and close. We took the trail straight and found our way up the main canyon. The trail was very tricky to follow. As long as you know where the river/creek bed is you will always be able to find your way back.
We saw 4 wild horses, 6 big horn sheep (with binoculars), 3 butterfly species, 3 lizard species, and 2 bird species.
Written June 10, 2019
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Jacqui Anne
Denver, CO26 contributions
Beautiful!
May 2019 • Solo
This area is a cool canyon that has really improved in the last couple years. A few options for hikes with beautiful views, and we got see some wild horses too!
Written May 30, 2019
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HRMTino
3 contributions
Good but at a price
May 2019 • Friends
My friend and I took the Spring Creek trail with the hopes to do the full loop. The first half went super well didn’t see any horses but easy to find the trail. The second half though, not so easy. We went a long ways without seeing a marker. There were multiple steep hills, both up and down. We did get to see one band of horses which was nice. Then we lost the trail as the markers disappeared and ended up stranded on top of a mountain. It was getting dark and started to rain so we needed to call 911 but service was very spotty. We found some and waiting four hours for Search and Rescue to come and find us. All we can say is thankyou Search and Rescue!
Written May 26, 2019
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