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Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend the day with your friends and family? Strap on some ice skates and choose from hundreds of lakes in the Grand Junction area. 

The Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world, is bursting with over 300 lakes to glide on. Before you go, don’t forget to pack a snow shovel because most of these lakes will be covered in snow and will require some clearing before getting out and gliding on the pristine ice below. Under the fresh powder is often some of the best ice you can imagine. 

There are some lakes that have already been shoveled off for ice skaters. Mack Mesa Lake is one of those lakes. 

Looking to stay local and avoid shoveling snow? Head down to Connected Lakes which is part of the “String of Pearls” called the Colorado River State Park. This vast lake is where you can find local kids playing pond hockey. Don’t worry, there’s enough room for ice skaters and everyone is super friendly. 

Looking for something a little larger and more remote? Drive 30 minutes Northwest of Grand Junction and you will find yourself at Highline Lake State Park. This lake is large enough to house wake boats in the summer, so you will have no problem finding room to skate by yourself or with friends. The lower elevation helps this lake to melt the snow during the day which causes some amazingly clear ice once frozen.


For more information on winter activities in Grand Junction, visit page 28 of the Grand Junction Official Visitor Guide.