Grand Junction is a dramatically different side of Colorado : Just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction provides visitors a truly unique Colorado escape within the Grand Valley. With access to 3,000 square miles of state and federally protected public lands, outstanding outdoor activities including biking, hiking and fishing, some of the best golf in the state, unique shopping and dining experiences, arts and culture, and so much more. Here are just 10 ways to explore Grand Junction:
1. Explore the Colorado National Monument at Sunrise. As the weather cools, there is no better time to take in the beauty of these red rock canyons. Touted by Outside Magazine and USA Today as one of the top 10 best places for solitude in the US.
Idea: Get ready to run in one of the most scenic marathons in the United States - Rim Rock Marathon travels along RimRock Drive in the Colorado National Monument on November 4, 2017.
2. Color Weekend at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Only here can you see the fall colors via a scenic chairlift ride through the tree tops of the Grand Mesa.
Idea: take a downhill mountain biking lesson on the NEW Mutton Buster green singletrack mountain bike trail at the Powderhorn Mountain Bike Park.
3. High Flying Fun at the Grand Junction Air Show - Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2017 - featuring the USAF Thunderbirds
Idea: did you know that there is a Commemorative Airforce, Rocky Mountain Wing Flying Museum near the Grand Junction Regional Airport?
4. FOUR! Actually, there are five beautifully designed public golf courses. Highlights include elevated tees with a red rock backdrop of the Colorado National Monument.
Idea: Don’t miss the #1 public golf course in Colorado as ranked by golf digest, The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.
5. Get Serious About Mountain Biking. Is Grand Junction the Best Biking Town in America? You be the judge...
Idea: Mountain biking does not have to be hard-core, check out the newly expanded Three Sisters Park. *Careful* -the adjacent Lunch Loops trail system is for advanced riders only. The kiddos would also like the easiest and most family-friendly trails in the valley: Rustler's Loop (at Kokopelli Loops), Kessel Run (at 18 Road), or Prime Cut (Bookcliffs).
6. 50 years and going strong at the Museum of the West. Fulfill your inner cowboy or cowgirl with a trip to a museum dedicated to the Western lifestyle in downtown Grand Junction.
Idea: have you ever imagined what life was like for a pioneer? “Ride” the stagecoach to see for yourself. Or really go back in time with a dino dig at their sister museum, Dinosaur Journey.
7. aRT Murals on the Riverfront Trail. Artists have transformed bleak piers and skirts of overpasses on the Riverfront Trail into vibrant, colorful, artistic expressions.
Idea: get in on the action at the Riverfront Art and Car Park Art Paint Out - October 7, 2017
8. Arrive and Drive Racing at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway. If you like to drive fast, take it to the track - the Kart Racing Track, that is.
Idea: Make it a teambuilding activity for your workplace. (Talk about a memorable holiday party!)
9. Hike or ski the Grand Mesa. The world’s largest flat top mountain is your year-round paradise. Oh, and 300 lakes = an abundance of fishing opportunities.
Idea: Have you ever heard an elk bugle? Experience this magical love song from the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre National Forest. *Be safe and wear bright orange when hiking during big game hunting seasons.
10. Shop Downtown Grand Junction. You won’t find big box chain stores here. You will find galleries, boutique shopping, unique toy stores, charming candy stores, bookshops, cute kids’ clothing, bike shops, outdoor gear, specialty retailers and weekly farmers' markets.
Idea: watch them make the sweet tooth cure, almond toffee, at Enstrom Candies.
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