Check Out These Lesser-Known Experiences in Grand Junction

The Grand Junction area is full of wonders and adventures. From epic trails for hiking and biking to challenging OHV trails. There are arts, culture, rich history, and inspired dining. Whether you're just visiting or a long-time resident, you’ll want to make sure you cross off all these lesser-known Grand Junction experiences. If you’ve already checked all these boxes, you’re a Grand Junction expert.

Rock Crawl Through the Toughest Trails

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Surrounded by over one million acres of public lands, the Grand Junction area is a haven for anyone who likes to kick up dirt off-roading. Trailheads like the North Fruita Desert or Grand Junction OHV Area provide mile after mile of epic off-roading in every direction. For intense rock crawling adventure, 21 Road or the Billings Canyon Jeep trail is a must. Both trails navigate through steep climbs, tight turns, and climb over boulders. Billings Canyon trail is rated a 9 out of 10 for jeeping. While these classic Grand Junction routes are incredibly fun, you'll need 35-inch tires and a winch to conquer these trails. Don't have your own off-road vehicles? You can rent one from Perri’s Power Sports or MotoDiscovery, or go on a guided tour with Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company.

Glimpse Wild Horses

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Tucked into the winding canyons behind the Book Cliffs, the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area is a rugged preserve that covers over 36,000 acres. Over 100 wild horses roam the open canyons in small bands up to ten. It's one of three wild horse sanctuaries left in the country. Trails zig-zag through the canyon, and since the area sees hikers throughout the year, many of the horses aren't shy of people. This gives you an even better chance for spotting majestic mustangs – a rare experience that not many have the privilege to see.

Rally at Grand Junction Motor Speedway

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The Grand Junction Motor Speedway is located off I-70, just five miles from Horizon Drive. The Motor Speedway is known to locals as a place to rip around on speedy go-karts that can go up to 70 miles per hour. The Motor Speedway also has a lesser-known gem. They have a full rally course perfect for ripping around on dirt bikes or side-by-sides. Tackle this off-road course full of bumps, jumps, and corners perfect for drifting.

Walk Among Dino Bones

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There aren’t many places left where you can still see dinosaur bones in the earth where they’ve been for the last 65 million years. In Grand Junction, you can get closer to dinosaur history than you ever have before. Venture down the Trail Through Time, the Fruita Paleontological Area, or Dinosaur and Riggs Hill to see ancient bones and learn more about the giant creatures that once roamed the landscapes of Western Colorado. Be sure to visit the Dinosaur Journey Museum to get even closer to history. You can see complete skeleton fossils of dinos like Velociraptors, interactive displays, and a working paleontology lab! In the summers, you can even join an active expedition to help search for dinosaur bones. You might unearth the next significant discovery!

Snowshoe across the World's Largest Flat Top-Mountain

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During cold weather months, hiking doesn’t stop atop the Grand Mesa — all you need to explore its quiet, snow-covered groves is a pair of snowshoes and a thirst for adventure. Amateur and seasoned snowshoers alike can hike virtually anywhere cross-country skiers can go (including the groomed Grand Mesa Nordic Council trails, as long as snowshoers walk next to the groomed tracks. If you need a pair of snowshoes for this adventure, rest assured Grand Junction’s Board & Buckle has you covered with rental equipment. Check out a full list of places to rent here.

Sip on Crafted Goodness

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Highlands Distillery needs to be on the list for anyone who appreciates an expertly crafted beverage. Highland Distillery makes up their own unique blend of vodka and a 12 Gin - made with juniper and 11 other secret botanicals. The tasting room mixes up drinks designed by their head distiller, like the Provence Lemon Cooler. This drink is made with vodka, lemon juice, muddled blackberries, homemade lavender syrup from Belli Fiori Lavender Farm, and topped off with a lavender garnish – it’s sure to cool you down on the warmest of summer days. Highlands is also known for their seasonal concoctions, so be sure to stop in around the holidays for a special treat.

Have you already crossed some of these experiences off your Grand Junction bucket list? See what other captivating experiences the Grand Junction area has to offer. Satisfy your hunger and explore some of Grand Junction's farm-to-table restaurants. Take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction and check out the 100 sculptures that line the streets, all part of the award-winning Art on the Corner program.

Check out more ways to experience Grand Junction on pages 3 - 4 of the Grand Junction Official Visitor Guide. You won't want to miss out on these Grand Junction adventures!