Lunch Loops (Tabeguache Trailhead)
Monument Road, Grand Junction, CO 81507
Open Daily March – November
We asked a lot of Grand Junction locals what their favorite mountain bike and trail runs were in the area and the Lunch Loops were clearly on the top of everyone’s list. After getting out for a sunrise ride it was easy to see why this place holds so much appeal. It’s got gorgeous views of the Colorado National Monument, fun mountain bike terrain that is both smooth and technical. It also holds a lot of paleontological history which shows up in the form of fossils. Apparently dinosaur dung is the favorite to discover these days or so I was told. Paleo-Indian artifacts have also been found in the Lunch Loops that date back to 10,000 years ago! Many local running groups use the Lunch Loops as their trail run routes and we ran into a good number of dogs. It’s worth noting that we went early in the morning on our ride to beat the heat as this is the desert which gets really hot in the summer so bring lots of water. The trailhead does NOT have water so make sure you show up with some.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association) and Mesa Land Trust are all responsible for developing and preserving land in the Lunch Loop trail system. Please visit their websites to learn how you can assist their efforts. The trail system itself offers something for all levels of riders and runners. If you’re new to mountain biking it’s best to take a good look at the map to make sure you’re on the green or easy level of trails. Of course, if you find yourself accidentally on a harder trail you can always practice the ol “hike-a-bike” trick and walk. Either way it’s a great workout with uniquely beautiful views. It reminded me of what it might be like on the planet Mars. We had a cell signal the entire time we rode the Lunch Loops and referenced our COPMOBA trail map we’ve included on this page frequently.
Directions compliments of COPMOBA: “From Main Street in downtown Grand Junction. Go west on Main St. to First st. Turn right. Go three blocks to Grand Ave. Turn left. Go over the bridges that go over the railroad tracks and the Colorado River to Monument Road (about .9 mile). Turn left on Monument Road. Go about 1.6 miles, the Lunch Loop trailhead is on the left. Free parking and outhouse type restrooms.”