Destination: Rabbit Valley

At a Glance


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In Rabbit Valley North of I-70, looking East

Rabbit Valley is a designated recreational area within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, near the Colorado/Utah state line. It’s about 30 minutes from Colorado National Monument and about 1.5 hours from Arches National Park/Moab. North of I-70, you’ll find free campsites and easy hikes. South of I-70, look for campgrounds, RV boondocking, and longer trails with canyon views.

What to Love


The area has two great hikes for younger kids, right off I-70.  The Trail through Time Dinosaur Loop is part of Rabbit Valley and lies just north of the freeway. If you have a little more time, a scramble on nearby BLM land (see a topo map for the old railroad grade north of Highway 6&50) will yield interesting stones and possibly a few fossils. Nearby Highway 6&50 is a cyclists’ dream: flat, straight, and very lightly used.

Where to Sleep


Camping is permitted only in designated areas.  Most of these are in campgrounds, but there are dispersed tent sites further south in the valley for high clearance vehicles. Boondocking RV sites are available in a designated RV area south of the freeway, or on a steep-approach bluff north of the freeway for the adventurous. Follow the gravel road that leads left out of the Trail Through Time parking lot.

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Good to Know


This area fills fast on weekends. All designated campsites are primitive. In an overflow situation, continue west on I-70 to the Westwater exit to find BLM dispersed camping. Or you can backtrack for a hotel in nearby Grand Junction or Fruita.

Traveler Reports


Hike Reports from Colorado West Outdoors.com – Rabbit Valley

Hike Report from gjhikes.com – McDonald Creek Canyon

Travel Report (including a medical emergency!) from Front Range Rambler – Rabbit Valley and Fruita, Colorado

Campground Reviews from Tech-nically Homeless – Campground Review: Rabbit Valley Recreation Area Fruita, CO and Return to Rabbit Valley (Jouflas Campground)

Campground Reviews from FreeCampsites.net – Rabbit Valley Recreation Area

RV Boondocking Reports from OnBorrowedLand.com – Rabbit Valley – McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area Colorado

Area Reviews from TripAdvisor: Rabbit Valley

More to Explore


Map from gjhikes.com – Rabbit Valley / Utah Rims Trails

Map from REI Hiking Project – Rabbit Valley

Mountain Bike Trail Maps (beautiful!) from the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA) – Rabbit Valley and others

Area Camping Itinerary from Friendly Rock – Camping Itinerary: Mid-April in Rabbit Valley / McInnis Canyons / Colorado National Monument


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