Go Play: Grand Junction’s Old Kiln Trail provides views & history
WHAT: Old Kiln Trail
WHERE: Seven miles up Little Park Road, near Grand Junction
DISTANCE: One mile, round trip
Take a trip up Little Park Road and venture to Old Kiln Trail. It’s kid and dog friendly.
The trail is located on Bureau of Land Management managed land, so be sure to pick up after your pets and pack out trash.
“We’d consider it an easy hike with very little elevation gain or loss,” said Chris Joyner, spokesperson for BLM.
IF YOU GO …
To get to the trailhead from Broadway in the Redlands, take Monument Road to D road. D Road will force-turn onto Little Park Road. Follow the road for about seven miles. You will pass the Bangs Canyon staging area on the left. Venture about a quarter-mile more and the Old Kiln Trailhead will be on the right; it offers a small parking lot.
Head through the fence and follow the path to the left, which looks like old doubletrack. After about another quarter-mile, there is a slight path that heads down a small gully and up another small hill. You should be able to see the kiln on the edge of the hill.
If you venture over to the kiln, please respect the area.
Be sure to snap a photo of the kiln and the views of the Grand Valley floor.
After exploring the kiln area, head back to the trailhead or continue on down the singletrack another quarter-mile or so. It eventually turns into a singletrack path that ventures down a large gully. There the trail seems to disappear so it’s a natural place to turn around and head back.
It was about a mile round-trip and it wasn’t extremely strenuous. Bring a camera, bottle of water and a smile.
To learn more about local hikes, visit http://www.blm.gov.
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