Best Things About Grand Junction in the Winter

If you’re not quite ready for cold mornings, trudging through the snow, or scraping the ice off your windshield, then you might need to plan a trip to Grand Junction. Here, on Colorado’s Western Slope, since we are in the high desert, winter happens a little differently than the rest of the state. Thanks to the area’s temperate climate, it’s possible to enjoy your favorite things about summer all year long.

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The Grand Valley receives very little snow. This means many popular trails around Grand Junction stay open for hiking and mountain biking all year long. Most days, all you need is your favorite pair of hiking boots and a light jacket to enjoy the great outdoors. Colorado National Monument and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area remain popular destinations for hikers throughout the winter season.

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When it does snow in the valley, it doesn’t take long for the sun to warm the red sandstone canyons and cliff faces, which quickly melts off the snow. The area's five public golf courses even stay open throughout the winter season. You’ll find folks taking advantage of pleasant afternoons and teeing off during the winter season.

Maybe you're looking for the best of both worlds, where you can spend a morning enjoying time on the snow and the afternoon in your favorite pair of hiking boots. Luckily the Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world, is only 45 minutes from Downtown Grand Junction and is a winter wonderland. Each year, the Mesa receives over 250 inches of light, fluffy snow, and transforms into a paradise for skiers, snowshoers, sled heads, and ice fishermen. And you won’t experience the stressful traffic jams that I70 is known for.

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Downhill skiers who have taken to the slopes at Powderhorn Mountain Resort swear by this mountain. Carved into the steep slopes of Grand Mesa, Powderhorn has renowned tree skiing and plenty of access to the backcountry. Those looking for cross country skiing will love the 30 plus miles of groomed trails maintained by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. Snowshoers can also venture out on any of these trials. Since the Mesa is bursting with over 300 lakes, the possibilities for ice fishing are endless.

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After a morning spent playing in the snow, it's an easy drive back to Grand Junction, where you can spend the afternoon hiking on uncrowded trails and exploring Grand Junction's beautiful Downtown, home to over 100 outdoor sculptures.

Looking for more to do in Grand Junction this winter? Check out page 28 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide for more!