Step outside with new Colorado State Parks guide

If you find yourself stuck with the post-holiday blahs, or maybe in need of a little push to start that New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, here is an idea.

Those ever-helpful folks at Colorado State Parks recently published “Steppin’ Out with Colorado State Parks,” a guide to 13 scenic walks around western Colorado, including a couple here in the Grand Valley.

The walks range from less than a mile to 7.5 miles on easy to difficult terrain near Delta, Durango, Fruita, Grand Junction, Montrose, Palisade and Ridgway.

If a journey begins with a single step, a mile has about 2,000 steps, enough for a walker to burn off about 100 calories.

“Steppin’ Out” includes two easy walks in the James M. Robb/Colorado River State Park. The Corn Lake Loop provides a sunny trail for a .86-mile stroll or a 6.8-mile route along the river and through a wildlife area.

Also described is the Connected Lakes Loops, an easy .84-mile to 4.6-mile trail, which the guide calls “a hidden gem in Grand Junction with a wide variety of wildlife including birds, raccoons and deer.”

What more could you ask for?

The guide, created by the Colorado State Trails Program and partially funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Lottery, gives directions to each of the walks, maps, the type of walking surface, distance and difficulty ratings and descriptions of the settings.

Guides are available at any state park or can be downloaded at


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