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Hiking with Wild horses

Gerry VanderBeek
Wild horses wander around on Mount Garfield on Wednesday morning.
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If You Go ...

WHAT: Mount Garfield

WHERE: I-70 east to the exit 42; travel to the first road on right (G 7/10 Road) immediately after crossing an irrigation canal. Travel 1.5 miles to the end of G 7/10 Road, then turn right. Pass through the small tunnel to the trailhead.

WHEN: Year-round

DISTANCE: 3-5 miles, depending on exploration

TIME: 2-5 hours

ACCESS: Foot only

I did an early morning climb of Mount Garfield on Wednesday. After scampering up the barren lower fins of the mountain I came upon a terraced landscape including some spectacular and lush meadows totally hidden from view at the base of the mountain.

The summit was spectacular, offering views of Grand Junction far below and stunning views of the Bookcliffs stretching out into the western horizon.

But my bonus reward came as I climbed down the mountain and saw a pack of wild horses grazing on one of the mountain meadows. What a stirring sight!

Exploring offers priceless rewards.


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