Enoch LakeType: Scenic/Wildlife/fishing/picnicking/multiple recreation
Miles: Approximately 30 miles from Grand Junction
Access: Passenger car friendly (Normally)
GPS Coordinates: 38.860349, -108.713892
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Enoch Lake is located within the Glade Park/Pinion Mesa area just south of Grand Junction and Fruita Colorado and “above” the Colorado National Monument. There are three ways to access the area from Grand Junction, via Little Park Road, East Monument entrance and the West Monument entrance. This post describes the route going up Little Park Road.
To access the area from the intersection of Monument Road and Broadway in Grand Junction travel approximately .17 miles on Monument Road to D Road, turn left here and follow D Road until it turns into Rosevale Road. Continue on Rosevale Road for another 1.2 miles until you reach Little Park Road on your right. Turn onto Little Park road and follow it for about 12.5 miles until you come to DS road. From this point you want to turn left onto DS Road and travel just under 1.5 miles until you come to the Glade Park store. You will know you are there when you see an observatory on your right with some old trains and just across the road is the Glade Park store. The East Monument access is quite a bit faster but the climb to the top is a lot steeper than the little park access and I worry sometimes with my wore out vehicle going up and down the monument.
From the Glade Park store you will want to turn left again and travel South along S. 16 ½ road. After about three miles the pavement will end and the road begins its climb towards the top. The next 3 to 4 miles or so has the road twisting and turning as it passes along hillsides of oak brush and cedar trees until you come to the Mud Springs campground on your right.
Just over 1 mile or so past Mud Springs campground you will come to a “Y” in the road. At this point you need to bear to the left. If you turn right and take the low road it will take you farther up the Glade Park area and eventually lead you back around to DS Road.
As you turn left and gently climb the small hill, you will be passing through a mixture of private property spotted with rolling meadows, oak brush and aspen trees. After travelling for about one mile you will come to another “Y” in the road. At this point there was a road sign indicating 18 road to the right. You want to turn right here as the road drops down into a meadow with a small lake in the bottom.
Continue following this road dodging cows as it enters into the tree line at the other side of the meadow. At this point the road climbs a slightly steep hill and passes a few cabins on each side of the road. After traveling about 2.5 miles or so you will come to Enoch Lake on your left.
The last I heard the lake and immediate area around it was owned by the City of Fruita. The city used the water from the lake in the past but they no longer do. There are about 15 or so cement picnic tables and fire grates spread along the lake as well. I didn’t see any information on camping in the area so I don’t know for sure but I did see a camp trailer parked in a spot and it looked like they had been there a few days.
The area provides access to a few hiking and biking trails in the area and there is a nice trail that skirts the perimeter of the lake. If you want to escape the heat of the valley the Pinion Mesa area is a nice place to go. The road is generally passenger car friendly during the summer months, we followed a medium size RV to the lake but you would have to be very careful if you plan on taking one of those up there.
Overall it’s a very nice area with ample outdoor recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities and doesn’t require a lot of time to get to. It’s been a couple years since I’ve visited the lake and the last time I was there we saw two people at the lake the whole day. Apparently from what I’ve heard in the last few years the lake has become the destination for party goers and squatters with some very long term campers taking up as many as three camp spots. According to the local news paper “the area has a sense of lawlessness” and some people that have visited up there feared for their safety. It’s shameful because it’s such a beautiful area. I rated it a 4 star only because of the peace and tranquility I experienced along with the beauty of the area when I visited. Perhaps I need to take a trip up there and see if I need to downgrade the rating.