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Pot Holes - Glade Park

Pot Holes Swimming Area

Just like the lemon squeezers, there is in fact a few different natural swimming areas around Grand Junction that are known as the pot holes. We know of at least three different places within 30 miles of Grand Junction that are all known by this name. They are all Great Swimming Areas that are all naturally made of sand stone carved out over thousands of years. For this particular blog post we will start off with probably the most famous potholes up above the Colorado National Monument approx. 10 miles West of Glade Park.

Almost like clockwork, these potholes almost always make the Daily Newspaper but not for the reasons you might imagine. On average at least one person gets killed up here every year. Last year two people lost their lives. Please use extreme caution if you decide to head on up there and do a little cliff jumping. PLEASE do not bring any glass bottles.

Directions to the Potholes:
From Grand Junction at the corner of 1st and Grand ave. head East towards the Redlands. Grand ave. turns into Broadway once you cross over the Colorado River. Take your first left at the light after crossing the river onto Monument Road. Approx. 100 yards right after you go over the canal bridge is D road.

At this point you can either take a left on D road and follow it all the way up Little Park road and past Bangs Canyon or keep going up Monument Road (AKA Glade Park Road)towards the National Monument. If you choose to go up to Glade Park Thu the Colorado National Monument you will run into the Park Service pay station. It now costs $10 per vehicle to enter the National Monument unless of course you tell them your going to Glade Park in which they will let you in for free. Both ways have extraordanary views and several other outdoor activities along the way. For time sake going up the Monument is the shorter route.

View Larger Map Once you enter the Colorado National Monument keep heading straight up the winding road a few miles til you see the turn off for Cold Shiver's Cliff which is on your right hand side. Keep going past Cold Shivers approx. 1 more mile to the next left hand turn which is DS Road. The is a small sign there showing Glade Park is 5 more miles. Glade Park itself is for the most part, one small grocery store with not a lot of anything in particular except for mostly snacks, beer and fishing worms. They ran out of gas about 6 months ago so make sure you have plenty of everything before you come on up.

From the Glade Park Store keep heading straight towards Utah. You will see the mile marker #20 right outside of town. Keep going til you see mile marker #13. Take your next left on 9.5 road. Go down this gravel road approx. 2 miles until you see a house on your right side. Just before that house there is a small gravel road thats not marked. take a right there. Keep following it back approx. 1/4 mile til it dead ends. You will see the main trail heading North and towards the river. Follow it another 1/4 mile and you will hear the waterfalls way before you see them.


  1. I just tried finding this place and there is no 9.5 road.

  2. Here are more specific directions on how to get there with distances in miles.

    Follow the guide above and get to Glade Park. I think the gas station that's up there has maps to the pot holes I'm not sure if they do anymore but here we go.

    From that intersection in glade park head west on DS Rd and travel about 8 miles and you will see 9 8/10 rd on your left.

    Get on that road and travel south about 2.4 miles and you will come to a dirt road on your right. This is right before the house mentioned above.

    Take a right on that dirt road and follow it for about a 1/4 mile untill it dead ends.

    Once you find a parking spot follow the trail on the other side of the boulders that you came to when the road dead end. Walk until you hear the falls then just basically walk towards that sound and there you are!

    Hopes this helps anyone else trying to find them. Have fun and please be safe out there!

  3. Very good directions. Mapped the GPS coordinates with a handheld. Note you may loose cell coverage a few miles from the swimming hole so either download the map via google app or use a standalone GPS device: https://www.google.com/maps/place/38%C2%B057'55.3%22N+108%C2%B052'31.9%22W/@38.96535,-108.8755333,725m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0