The day’s journey begins at Main Street Bagels, where the whole family can fuel up on house-made treats — including bagels, artisan bread, handcrafted granola, and a variety of other baked goodies.
Hot Tip: take a bag of their Peanut Butter Crunch granola for later, after a morning with Adrenaline Driven Adventures, you're going to need it. Yes, you’re about to embark upon the ride of a lifetime. Hop on any of their various OHV rentals and let their experienced guides take you and your family on a ride you will never forget in one of their four seater side by sides. They have a variety of different tour packages ranging from The Adrenaline Desert Rush to The Wild West Trail Ride. With names like those, you know it's going to be an adrenaline-filled time.
After your midday meal selected from Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery’s expansive, something-for everyone menu, let the kids choose their own adventure! Experience an earthquake and uncover Jurassic-era bones at the interactive, hands-on Dinosaur Journey Museum. Check out the exotic salt water tanks and Charlie the chinchilla at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum, along with more than 100 other exhibits designed to make the wonders of science accessible to all ages.
Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? Gelato Junction boasts nearly 80 flavors of the creamy confection, with unique ones like apple pie and the traditional Italian flavors of Zabajone — as well as sodafountain classics like sundaes and shakes.
Once you've filled up on gelato and the kiddos are getting a little sleepy, hop in the car and head to the scenic Rim Rock Drive, which will take you on top of the Colorado National Monument. This 23-mile paved road has enough twists and turns to rock an adult to sleep, but don't worry, the views are sure to keep you awake.
The entrance is only 9 miles from Downtown Grand Junction and it takes about an hour to drive. After you've had some time to relax and quiet down, perk up your little peeps with dinner at Enzo’s Ristorante Italiano. Enjoy delights like The Meat-Baller Calzone and Orange Brandy Scaloppini, which are made from scratch, and don't forget to try the mouth-watering Baked Asiago Artichoke Dip.
We certainly jammed in a ton of fun here, so you might want to consider staying a few days to relax so you have time to stroll Downtown Grand Junction, which boasts over 100 award-winning sculptures. Considering Grand Junction has some of the most affordable lodging in Colorado, and 38 hotels to choose from, you can stay awhile without emptying your wallet.