Southwest of Grand Junction, the Butterknife Trail is a 12.5 mile mountain bike trail with 2,650 feet of vertical. The Butterknife Trail rolls the ridges adjacent to the Colorado National Monument. This route is not well marked and is best ridden in a clockwise direction. The Butterknife Trail is popular for its remoteness and winding singletrack through high desert. Some of the sections are on a rim overlooking the Gunnison River.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead for the Butterknife Trail from Grand Junction, head west on Broadway. Turn left on Monument Road. Then, turn left on D Road. Near the end, turn right on Little Park Road. Continue west on Little Park Road for 4.2 miles. The trailhead is on the right.
To begin the Butterknife Trail mountain bike ride from the trailhead, cross the road and look for a dirt road just to the west. Start riding on Third Flats dirt road. About 100 feet in, there is a kiosk with a map. Just beyond the kiosk, the Twist And Shout trail starts on the left heading southeast. Start riding on the Twist And Shout trail following the signs for a mile or so to the start of the Butterknife Trail. At the end of the Butterknife Trail, you'll need to climb back out about 2,650 feet of vertical over 4 miles on Billings Canyon Road.
Tip: The Butterknife Trail is best ridden in the Spring or Fall to avoid winter ice and summer heat.
Overall, Butterknife Trail is the 129th most popular mountain bike trail of all 176 mountain biking in Colorado.