While many mountain regions are winding down from their winter season and drying out from what is fondly known as mud season, Grand Junction is at peak perfection with warm temperatures and plenty of Colorado sunshine.
With temps in the 70’s and hero dirt on the trails from recent spring storms, the Grand Junction region is primed for epic mountain biking. Grand Junction trails, combined with our neighbor to the west, Fruita and neighbor to the east, Palisade, make for a destination worth using a few days of paid vacation to cover as much as possible! Lunch Loops, Three Sisters Park, Kokopelli Loop Trails Area, 18 Road Trails Area, Rabbit Valley Trail System, Palisade Rim Trail, Rapid Creek Trail… we could keep going, but you get the point! Get here and click here for trail details.
Are skinny tires more your thing? Well, pack your sunscreen and hit the road over the Colorado National Monument on the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive, featuring unbelievable views of red rock canyons and towering monoliths, with the chance to watch desert big horn sheep or the elusive collard lizard. For a mellow ride, look to the Colorado Riverfront Trail, stretching 28-miles of mostly flat, paved trail skirting the edge of the Colorado River throughout the Grand Valley.
Brews (and wine, too)
The only thing that beats a cold beer after a hard ride is making that beer local. Grand Junction has long been known as Colorado’s Wine Country, featuring 22 wineries with tasting rooms, but did you know that the valley also offers local beer and spirits?
From the heart of Downtown Grand Junction and beyond, there are a plethora of options to delight the beer lover. Or wine lover, or spirit lover. Whatever your flavor, wind down the day with friends in a fun location. Don’t miss spots like Rockslide, Kannah Creek, Edgewater, Copper Club, Peach Street, Suds Brothers, Palisade Brewing, and more. Check them all out here.
Being the heart of agricultural production in Western Colorado, the orchards are bursting with color to delight all of your senses. Leisurely drive the Fruit and Wine Byway or hike the Palisade Rim Trail to get a birdseye view of the spectacular color splendor that unfolds below you. Don’t forget your camera, as this sight will not want to be missed. A true bucket list item to check off is witnessing spring blossoms in the Grand Valley. Then, plan your return trip in August to taste the succulent peaches at harvest.
**Listen up, please know your level of riding and match it to the degree of difficulty for the trails and roads in the area. We want you to be safe and happy so that you return again and again. Interested in growing your skills with the help of a guide? We offer that too! Learn more here.