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Unlike many Colorado destinations Grand Junction doesn’t tend to draw crowds when the temperature drops, but the region still offers plenty of winter activities that can help you recharge your batteries. Ski or snowboard at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, explore the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails atop the Grand Mesa, zoom around on snowmobiles, glide on ice skates or soak up the region’s quiet serenity while ice fishing. The area maintains a blissfully relaxed, laid-back vibe year-round.

Hotel Maverick, located on the scenic campus of Colorado Mesa University, welcomes groups and families. School-themed decor is everywhere, from the historic newspaper clippings on the walls to the cocktails developed by the university’s trustees on the menu at Devil’s Kitchen, the hotel’s modern fourth-floor restaurant offering views of the Grand Valley. (From about $140.)

In neighboring Palisade, the peach trees and grape vines may be dormant, but adults can still sip Colorado wines in the region’s many cozy tasting rooms, sample spirits are local distilleries, and enjoy sunny winter hiking and biking. Book a block of rooms at Spoke and Vine, a renovated roadside motel with a modern amenities and nostalgic charm. (From about $130.)

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Date published: February 28, 2023