Skinner Cabin Trailhead is just minutes from Fruita, CO, and an easy loop that you will find refreshing and full of its own special beauty.


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Hiking on a flat gravel path to start that had signage along the way was interesting but the wide-open views within the Mcinnis Canyons Natural Conservation Area spread out before us was truly beautiful.



After a 1/2 mile on the trail, a historic rock cabin located in the middle of nowhere was intriguing, to say the least.





The story behind this old homestead was unlike any I’ve encountered before wandering Colorado’s wilderness areas. Completely restored it’s worth checking out.

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Continuing on the loop turned out to be a mixture of hiking on rocks and dirt with a few colorful cacti and brush along the way. Several different lizards scurried past, so fast that trying to get a photo became a game and they won.





I will admit we spent most of the time not really knowing where the loop was. Several trails ventured off the one we were on but getting lost did not seem possible if we just kept our eye on how a short loop might go.

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A hike for anyone who is looking for fresh air and a quick “let’s get outside” trail. The perfect trail to start or end your day!

We added “Pollock Bench Trail” to our day, a sensational hike just down the road that took us through colorful cliffs and deep canyons for 6.7 miles of Western Colorado’s amazing areas within the Mcginnis Canyons and Black Ridge Wilderness. READ MORE>


1.8-mile loop

Rated: easy

Restroom at trailhead

Dogs ok on leash

Mcginnis Canyons Natural Conservation Area

Nearest town: Fruita, CO


To reach the trailhead from Grand Junction, take I-70 west to Fruita, Take Hwy 340 (Exit 19). Head south on Hwy 340 and go across the river for 1.3 miles to Kings View Estates Subdivision. Turn right, go through the subdivision and follow the signs toward Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area. The trailhead will be on your left.

Two more hikes near Grand Junction that we loved:

Grandstaff Trail, a hop over the Colorado State Line into Utah

Grandstaff Trail, a hop over the Colorado State Line

Bridgeport Trail, in the Dominguez Escalante Wilderness



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