If you enjoy the peace and quite, scenic waterways, plenty of shade, and a pleasant hike, you should set course for Grand Junction's Monument View trail immediately. It offers all these things, and much more. Here are five solid reasons why you should be visiting this trail every chance you get.

The Monument View trail is located just off the Redlands Parkway, just south of the Mesa Mall. You can easily access the trailhead from the Redlands Parkway, Riverside Parkway, Highway 6 & 50, or 24 Road.

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This trail system is completely free, requiring no parks passes or permits. Looking for a place to set out on a boat trip down the river? The trail head comes complete with a boat ramp. Still need a little more convincing? Here are five reasons why you'll love this trail.

There you go, five reasons why you should be walking or biking this trail every chance you get. The price of "free" is pretty hard to beat. The location couldn't be more convenient. Put the valley's awesome trails to use! Make plans to visit the Monument View trail.