Grand Junction invites you to celebrate our Nation’s independence!

Here's all you need to know for your Independence Day getaway in Grand Junction!

Grand Junction is known for its friendly, welcoming community.  It’s always nice to visit a place that makes you feel like a local even if you don’t live there, and Junction is just that place. Residents say “hi” as they pass you walking downtown, they are happy to share their favorite trail and are eager to provide their opinion on their favorite place to sip a local brew at a scenic patio. If you are looking for a quick getaway for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, consider Grand Junction!  Since traveling conjures up some unique questions these days, here are some quick tips to help you. 

What's the average hotel rate in Grand Junction right now?

Grand Junction has a wide range of lodging including hotels, motels, extended stay, and vacation rentals. You'll be happy to know that the average nightly rate is currently $73 per night so consider staying an extra night!

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Are masks required to be worn in Mesa County and/or Colorado?

Please reference both county and state giudelines here: 

Mesa County:               


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Does Colorado National Monument require reservations or are there long lines?

No and no. There are no reservations required and considering it’s more of a national park than a monument, there is plenty of room to spread out – either on the scenic drive or the many hiking options it offers.  We promise that it is so majestic, you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.

Are playgrounds for kiddos open?

Yes, there are many city parks to enjoy the great outdoors in with a variety of playgrounds, shelters, and picnic tables to choose from. 

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Are restaurants open for dine-in and to-go, as well as taverns and bars?

Yes, restaurants, bars, and taverns have indoor protocols in place to provide evenly spaced seating with social distancing and most are still offering to-go, including alcoholic beverages.

Are the trails busy in the Grand Junction area for biking, hiking, or horseback riding?

Because Mesa County is 75 percent public land, and larger than the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, there are plenty of trails and open spaces to explore. We like to say we naturally social distance here!

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Will there be fireworks for the 4th of July weekend?

Due to stage 1 fire restrictions, fireworks have been canceled. However, Grand Junction offers several dark sky locations to see a natural light show, stargazing

What's the weather like?

The forecast is perfect! Grand Junction is fortunate to have comfortable weather with warm days and cool nights, and this weekend is no different!

How far is Grand Junction?

Not far! Junction is pretty-much in-between Salt Lake City and Denver. (3 ½ hours from Denver and 4 hours from SLC). Beautiful scenery is served up for your road-trip!

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What is there to do?

Grand Junction is known for its wide-open spaces and limitless outdoor activities – Water sports, OHV trails, Grand Mesa (the largest flat-topped mountain in the world with 300 lakes), Colorado National Monument, artsy Downtown and perfect weather with warm days and cool nights. You’ll want to spend a few days here to have enough time to experience it all. Check out all the activities to choose from here!


The Official Grand Junction Visitor Guide is the best travel agent you could ever hope for – all of the area’s activities are laid out beautifully with no distracting cumbersome ads. Be sure to leaf through it!


Grand Junction, within Mesa County, is allowing businesses to welcome guests based on both Mesa County and State of Colorado guidelines. Mesa County has received a variance to state guidelines that are complementary to Colorado’s Public Health Order and Executive Order.

Visit Grand Junction recommends that all guests to the area continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials.


For more County and State information, please reference:

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH):

MCPH Safer at Home:

Colorado Executive Order:

Colorado Public Health Order - Safer at Home: