Local Attractions

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Colorado National Monument "Natural wonder of the Grand Valley. The monument consists of impressive geologic features including towering red sandstone monoliths; deep, sheer walled canyons; and a variety of wildlife – bighorn sheep, golden eagles, mule deer and mountain lions. . .” Established in 1911, the National Monument offers more than 20,000 acres; a dramatic twenty-three mile Rim-Drive; and self-guided hiking or backcountry trails.




Grand Mesa At over 10,000 feet the largest flat-top mountain in the world rises more than a mile above the valley floor. Discover aspen and spruce groves, flowered meadows and over 200 cool clear lakes offering fantastic fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. Grand Mesa has abundant wildlife, making this a popular area for hiking and fall hunting. In the winter, enjoy all types of snow sports from cross-country skiing to snowmobiling and snowball fights.




River Rafting - The Colorado River has many sections that are fun for rafting enthusiasts. Wild and historic Westwater Canyon is considered to be the best one-day whitewater trip in the area. Or, you can float through twenty-five miles of towering red sandstone in Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. Contact Adventure Bound River Expeditions or Rimrock Adventures for more details on professionally guided trips. 





Festivals Join us for a variety of festivals and special events - nearly every weekend in the summer and fall. Downtown Art & Jazz Festival in May, Country Jam in June, Palisade Peach Festival in August, Rock Jam Music Festival and Colorado Montain Winefest and Pork n Hops Challenge in September. The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau website has more details about these and many other events. 


Fishing There is an incredible variety of fishing options in and around the Grand Junction area from the Grand Mesa's 200 lakes to the many rivers in the surrounding areas. For information on license requirements, please contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife


Fresh Fruits & Vegetables The fertile land of the Grand Valley produces fabulous fruits and vegetables. Farm fresh cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, melons, tomatoes and pies are available from fruit stands and orchards all around the Grand Valley. Or, take in the Grand Junction Farmer's Market on Thursday evenings from June 12 - Sept 18th & Palisade Sunday Market from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sundays during the summer to sample a variety of the area’s fresh produce all at once.





Wine Tasting Over 17 Colorado wineries are within easy reach of Junction West. Producing everything from crisp, refreshing Chardonnay to hearty Cabernet to pleasing Port and dessert wines – you are sure to find something you like. Plan your own winery tour or hire a limousine service and leave the driving to them.






Rodeo - Mesa County Fairfounds hosts a pair of western Colorado’s more important rodeos: the Western Colorado Championships, part of the United State Team Roping Championships series, and the annual Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Finals in September. Also, Rimrok Adventures in Fruita has a full lineup of rodeo action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, June through August. 




Museums Get a taste of rural life on an early 20th century fruit ranch at Cross Orchards Historic Farm. Learn about the colorful history of Western Colorado's explorers, cowboys and indians at the Museum of the West. Or, step even further back in time by visiting Dinosaur Journey to see genuine dinosaur fossils and interact with life-like robotic dinosaurs.




Downtown Grand Junction An eclectic blend of old and new, Downtown Grand Junction has retained its quaint charm with historic Victorian-style buildings, beautifully decorated shop windows, unique restaurants and old-fashioned community events designed to keep neighbors and friends in touch.  Visit Art on the Corner, Grand Junction’s unique yearlong outdoor sculpture exhibit. In the summer, join the locals at the Farmer's Market on Thursday evenings. 





Shopping Whether you need office supplies, a new outfit or gift items, you can find it all in Grand Junction. You can explore unique shops in Downtown Grand Junction or visit Mesa Mall the premier enclosed shopping center for Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.



Golf Several world class public courses provide the perfect blend of aesthetics and challenge. Adobe Creek National Golf Course, Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park municipal golf courses and Redland Mesa Golf Course, all barely a pitching wedge away - offer a dramatic backdrop - the Colorado National Monument. 








Mountain Bike Trails Over the past decade Grand Junction and Fruita locals have created some of the sweetest single-track in the Western United States. The Fruita Fat Tire Festival in April is a popular event with mountain bike enthusiasts.


Bicycling 18 miles of paved trails along the Colorado River and even more miles of quiet country roads to explore right from the entrance to the park.




Skiing/Snowboarding A family-oriented downhill skiing and snowboarding resort, Powderhorn sits on the edge of the Grand Mesa with breathtaking valley views. Or, if cross-country skiing is more your style, shush along miles of groomed trails on top of the Grand Mesa maintained by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. 






Four-Wheeling Adventures Grand Junction may not have the popularity of Moab yet, but it has some great 4-wheeling trails that offer a variety of terrain that will improve skill levels," according to Bill Burke certified Master Trainer for the International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers' Association.


Browse the Visit Grand Junction site for more information about Grand Junction and the area. Find more Colorado travel information at www.ColoradoDirectory.com