Horizon Drive Offers Convenience and Adventure at your Doorstep

Located right off I-70, Horizon Drive is not only one of the main corridors in Grand Junction, but it's also the perfect place to stay while you play. Horizon Drive is also only minutes away from the Grand Junction Regional Airport, Colorado’s third-largest airport. With plenty of affordable hotels, places to dine, and easy access to activities, you’ll want to make Horizon Drive your basecamp for your GJ adventures.

You will take Exit 31 off of I-70. As you approach the end of the exit ramps, notice the beautiful horse sculptures in the roundabouts. These horses represent the wild mustangs that roam the rugged landscape behind the Book Cliffs. The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area is one of three remaining wild horse preserves in the country. Hiking trails wind through the canyon, which means you have the opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close.

Since Horizon Drive is right off I-70, it’s easy to jump on the highway for a day of adventure. Head east, and in 45 minutes, you can be up on the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-top mountain. In the summer, the Mesa is bursting with over 300 lakes and has plenty of hiking, mountain biking, and paddling. In the winter, over 250-inches of fluffy snow transform the Mesa into a winter wonderland. Cross Country skiers and snowshoers will love the trails maintained by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. Downhill skiers have over 60 runs to choose from as they carve deep powder lines through the trees at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

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Head west on I-70, and within 20 minutes, you can be at some of the state’s most prestigious mountain bike single-track. 18 Road and Kokopelli are both iconic riding areas that are known for their grand vistas, technical climbs, and fast descents. For a roller coaster of a ride, try Joe’s Ridge at 18 Road. If you're looking for rocky descents with epic views of the Colorado River Horsethief Bench Loop at Kokopelli is a must.

You don't need to get on the highway to reach adventure, though. Head south on Horizon Drive towards Downtown Grand Junction. Less than 10 miles away is the Lunch Loops trailhead, home to some of the most serious mountain biking around. With hundreds of miles of trails that spider web across the landscape, including the 142-mile Tabeguache Trail, Lunch Loops is the perfect place to test your mettle. Another mile up the road and you’ll find yourself in Colorado National Monument, a 20,500-acre playground for any outdoor lover.  It’s more of a national park than a monument, this place will blow your mind with unique vistas and rock formations.

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Head north on Horizon, and in less than 4 miles, you'll be at the Grand Junction OHV area. This open-use BLM land lets you ride off in any direction you want, free to explore the vast and dune covered desertscape at the foot of the Book Cliffs. The area is enjoyed by both dirt bikes and side-by-sides. You can rent RZRs from Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company, located right on Horizon Drive, and drive the machine out to the OHV area. Or take a guided tour and let the experts show you what these machines are capable of doing.  

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If all this adventure is making you hungry, don’t worry. Dozens of restaurants along Horizon Drive have you covered. Fuel up with a filling breakfast and a fresh cup of jo from Octopus Coffee. Visit W.W. Peppers, a local lunch and dinner joint since 1984, has the best crab enchiladas. For authentic Italian food and artisan pizzas, you’ll want to head to Enzo’s Ristorante Italiano. Aztecas Family Mexican serves up sizzling fajitas and hearty burritos, while Tepanyaki Japanese Steakhouse prepares fresh entrees before your eyes. See all the restaurants along Horizon Drive. You can also hop on the Dash and catch a free ride to Downtown Grand Junction to explore even more dining options.

When it comes to resting your head for the night, you won’t have a problem finding an affordable room along Horizon Drive. Check out comfortable accommodations at the DoubleTree or Holiday Inn & Suites – both offer restaurants and lounges. There are 18 hotels and a bed and breakfast along Horizon Dr. to choose from, making it easy to find just what you're looking for. No matter where you decide to rest your head, you'll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Learn more about Grand Junction and all the area has to offer, from affordable lodging to inspired dining, to an abundance of outdoor activities. It’s the Colorado you expect. We’ll see you soon!

Looking for more ideas to fill your day? Check out itineraries starting on page 16 and lodging starting on page 40 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide!