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Mesa County bike trails: Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction

Getting there: From Interstate 70, take exit 49 toward Grand Mesa. Follow Highway 65 for almost 30 miles until you almost reach the top. There will be a sign near the parking lot entrance that says Mesa Top.

Trail talk: Exploring Colorado's Grand Mesa is a great way to escape the summer heat and get some riding in the forest. Be sure to bring your own water, as there are no services at the trailhead or anywhere nearby. Also, don't forget a camera! There will be spectacular photo opportunities.

FLOWING PARK

Distance: 14.5 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt: This trail is a great way to escape the summer heat or to enjoy the changing colors of fall. The trail meanders through open meadows and has sections of aspen and pine forests. There will be a split in the trail, heading either left to Indian Point or right to Flowing Park loop. There are several rock sections, which will most likely slow you down. The trail is also nice because it is relatively flat with no major climbs. Flowing Park has beautiful views of Mount Sneffles, the La Sal Mountains and the Grand Valley. Be sure to pack water and snacks for a high-elevation picnic.

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MESA TOP

Distance: 8 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt: Perched at an elevation of 10,000-plus, this trail will take your breath away — literally.

The trailhead is nestled about 30 miles from Interstate 70 on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (Highway 65). The newest trail features rock, trees and dirt. This trail is an easy access point to connect to two other trails on the Grand Mesa called Flowing Park and Indian Point, which features views of the Grand Valley and beyond.