OverviewEcho Canyon Trail
Echo Canyon is a short and narrow canyon that sits at the eastern end of Colorado National Monument. A 1.4 mile long trail starts at Devils Kitchen Trailhead and takes you into the canyon to dead end at the base of a dry waterfall several tens of feet tall.
Old Gordon Trail
This trail also starts at Devils Kitchen Trailhead. It takes you 1600 vertical feet up a dirt, slick-rock and juniper covered slope to reach the top of Glade Park Mesa. The trail officially ends at a barbed wire fence that marks the boundary of Colorado National Monument. This fence is not far from Little Park Road that runs on top of the mesa. Continuing straight beyond the fence may get you onto private property. I will describe below a way to reach Ribbon Trailhead on Little Park Road without running into private property signs.
Getting ThereDevils Kitchen Trailhead can be found on your left shortly after the eastern entrance of Colorado National Monument.
At Devils Kitchen Trailhead, head south and follow the trail, which at that point is common to No Thoroughfare Canyon, Old Gordon and Echo Canyon Trails. After 0.1 mile, No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail branches to the right. Continue on the left branch going up to a signed junction with Old Gordon Trail.
Echo Canyon Trail is on the left. It goes downhill until Echo Canyon comes to view.
The trail then gets into the bottom of the canyon and follows it uphill.
You will reach the end of the trail at this dry waterfall. My map mistakenly showed a junction with Ribbon Trail on top of the dry waterfall. I saw no way of hiking to the top of the waterfall.
Old Gordon Trail
Follow the instructions above to the junction of Echo Canyon & Old Gordon Trails. Turn right on Old Gordon Trail and follow it uphill through a juniper forest and areas of slick-rock. You will get good views of the city of Grand Junction and the mountains behind it (Book Cliffs).
The trail comes to a sudden end at the barbed wire that marks the boundary of Colorado National Monument. When I was in the area, the wire was low and I was able to cross it.
Beyond the barbed wire, boot prints may seem to go in every direction. To reach Ribbon Canyon Trailhead (On Little Park Road in Bangs Canyon Recreation Area), turn left and go parallel to the wire until you reach the edge of a slick-rock canyon. Turn right and go around the southern end of the canyon until you reach Ribbon Trail. Turn right and follow the trail a short distance to reach Ribbon Trailhead (see map above).