Glade Park & Piñon Mesa

Outdoor Pursuits

Pollock Bench- McGinnis Canyons Conservation Area

Are You Up To The Challenge?

To those who are drawn to the wide open spaces, Glade Park and Piñon Mesa have some nice places to camp, hunt, fish, ride horseback or ATV's, mountain bike, or enjoy solitude and take in the scenery.

We are surrounded by an abundance of public lands: Colorado National Monument to the east, and McGinnis Canyons Conservation area to the north and west. Bureau of Land Management holdings and a small chunk of Grand Mesa National Forest are inter-woven with private land.

This page is a portal to pages dedicated to different outdoor pursuits. Pages will continue to be added.




Mountain Biking

Rock Hounding

Wildlife viewing

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Surrounding Public Lands

Colorado National Monument

Official Gov site

Colorado National Monument Assoc.

Serpent's Trail

History - CC Camps

History - The Road Disaster

Bureau of Land Management

Main BLM Website This section has links to many pertinent pages on the BLM website, to save you the trouble of wading through all of it. You might want to read through first, then see if there is anything you are still wondering about.

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area DO NOT LET THE NAME FOOL YOU! It may sound like it has been set aside as one of those pristine untouchable areas, while in fact, the uses are very diverse. There is some spectacular scenery, containing sand rock arches, only accessible to hikers who are in reasonably good shape. It does include Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness area. But MCNCS also has first class mountain biking trails; horseback trails; OHV trails (Rabbit Valley); Colorado river rafting; hunting (GMU 40 & 30); camping; and paleontology (active dinosaur quarry). And I have probably left something out! Oh yes, there is also livestock grazing. Local ranchers have worked closely with the BLM to forge a relationship that is beneficial to all. Wildlife includes antelope, raptors and other avian viewing, desert bighorn sheep, deer, and elk. The important thing is to go to the website and read up on how to avoid doing something in the wrong place!

See more "Stuff You Need to Know" at the bottom of this page.

What Condition Our Condition Is In

“At the time my sketches on trapping and conditions in Colorado were written, conditions were as represented by me, but as time changes, conditions sling their duffle over their backs and also seek new fields to conquer.” --Monte Moreland

My great-great-uncle Monte Moreland was a trapper in the early 1900’s, and also wrote for trapping magazines of that time. He spent time on Glade Park and Piñon Mesa (See: Glade Park Library: Piñon Mesa Bear Farm), but also ranged as far east as Leadville, and west into Utah. His adventures took place in a wilderness that we would now regard with envy… And yet, even then his writing showed acknowledgement that times were changing. He was under pressure to tell the secrets of his trade, and write about the best spots to find fur animals. And he was vilified by readers if it was suspected he was withholding.

While preparing his webpage I felt a kinship with Uncle Monte. By providing information on this area, am I contributing to its overuse? I have decided that use is way up anyway, and hopefully I can encourage responsible use of these lands we all love so much.

Not many would deny that we have now reached the point where we lack new fields to conquer. Guess we better take care of the ones we have. There is an urge to leave the rules behind when we head for the outdoors.

But even the most rebellious outdoorsman knows that toilet paper hanging on a bush just ahead is reasonable cause to change course, and habits.

As the population of the area increases, there is increased pressure on these lands, and wildlife. It becomes much more important for all of us to be informed about what is allowed, and where. Areas must be designated for mountain bikers, horseback riders, hikers, ATVers, hunters, and fishermen, so they don’t spoil the experience for each other. Of course each of these areas has different rules for access and use.

Private Land

Private land owners are very grateful when visitors are aware of boundaries, and show consideration by not entering their back yard, at least not without permission. The few who still have grazing permits face increased scrutiny. There are those who make it their life’s work to remove grazing from public lands, in spite of evidence that grazing and the stewardship of ranchers can improve public lands, and certainly preserve open space on boundaries. This is a great benefit to wildlife habitats and migration routes. The Moorland ranch had a grazing permit in Fish Park, where we maintained a water hole and re-seeded with crested wheat. Wildlife also benefited from those improvements. In most cases a ranch’s link to grazing permits is all that makes a cattle or sheep operation viable. Sure, there were some range abuses in the past, when it seemed the frontier was endless and could not be depleted. But that kind of land use faded out long ago. Ranchers are smart enough to know that it just makes no sense to foul your own nest.

Considering all these competing interests, the cooperative use of public lands works pretty well, as long as everyone is willing to take reasonable care of the bounty that is here to be enjoyed. Even though rules are a pain, it would be a worse pain to loose any semblance of wilderness.

Stuff you need to know:

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Land Use is the essential tool for utilizing public lands in this area. It shows land status: BLM, National Forest, State Lands, etc. It also indicates designated uses, trailheads, recreation sites and more. It needs to be ordered, so think ahead, and order it now! Sometimes they run out, so you may have to wait.

FREE while supplies last. No shipping and handling charges. Available through the Grand Junction Field Office only. This is a two sided map covering the area the Grand Junction Field Office manages. Land status, roads, streams and rivers, major cities and towns. No elevations or topographic information.

Grand Junction Resource Area Office
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
FAX 970-244-3083

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