The Book Cliffs (Palisade, Colorado)

After a road trip to visit family in California, I’m finally back at the computer!

If you have ever passed through the Grand Junction-Palisade area of Colorado on I-70 you surely noticed the colorful Book Cliffs on the north side of the highway.  This geologic formation runs some 200 miles through Utah and Colorado and, with the right light, can yield some interesting forms and textures for your photography portfolio.

I had driven through the Grand Junction area several times, but could never figure out how to park close to the cliffs. On last week’s trip, I did some exploring and finally found the way. Here is what you do…

Book Cliffs (Grand Junction-Palisade, Colorado). Where do I park?

Follow these directions:

–Exit I-70 onto Business 70 (also US Hwy 6). Go south.

–Turn East on US Hwy 6.

–Turn North on 33 Road.

–Turn East on G Road.

–Turn North on 36 3/10 Road.

–Turn West on G 7/10 Road and follow the right-hand curve under the interstate to the dirt parking area.

Time Required: From your exit off of I-70 to pulling in to the trail head parking lot shouldn’t take you more than 15-20  minutes.

You can explore along the base of the cliffs or, if you have time, take the steep trail 2,000 vertical feet up to Mt. Garfield on the rim for some spectacular views. (For photos, a video, and details on this 3-5 hour hike go HERE.)

Here are a few images from along the base of the cliffs:

Book Cliffs #4. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #4. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #6. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #6. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #11. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #11. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #14. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #14. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #18. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Book Cliffs #18. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

And a final color image showing the view to the east from low on the cliffs:

Vineyards & Book Cliffs to the east. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

Vineyards & Book Cliffs to the east. Palisade, Colorado, 2013

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