PC: Ali von Lewinski
The temperate climate, friendly locals, affordability, and lack of crowds make Grand Junction the place to visit this winter. With the pristine snow-covered hills on the Grand Mesa, which is just 45 minutes from Grand Junction, winter sports are exactly where they belong - in the mountains! And Grand Junction offers the perfect basecamp for dining and Downtown activities that are sure to round out your perfect getaway.
Sitting on one of the north-facing slopes of the Grand Mesa is Powderhorn Mountain Resort, which is known for having exceptional tree skiing and being an affordable mountain without the crowds. Powderhorn averages about 250 inches of powder and boasts 63 runs ranging from beginner to advanced, so grab your friends, your board or your skis, and hit the slopes!
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
If downhill skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you, go a little further past Powderhorn to experience some of the best cross-country skiing in Colorado. As the largest flat-top mountain in the world, the Grand Mesa is the perfect place to carve up some corduroy. The cross-country trails are professionally maintained by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council (GMNC), so this is quality skiing. For updated trail reports, click here.
Snowmobiling on the Grand Mesa
Would you rather take on the snow while riding an octane-induced machine? Well, the Grand Mesa can satisfy that need as well. With over 800-square-miles of national forest to explore, there is no limit to how much white gold you can blast through. Whether you are looking to venture off-trail or stay on the grid, sled heads have a blast taking on the Grand Mesa. Just remember to be respectful of the groomed cross-country trails.
Adrenaline Driven Adventures
After you finish shredding, carving, and sledding, stick around the Grand Junction area to experience what this side of Colorado has to offer. Take a RZR or Jeep tour, with some of the best adventure guides around, to places that you would never have guessed were part of Colorado. Grand Junction boasts the second-largest concentration of arches outside of Arches National Park. Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company offers an amazing tour that will take you within a half-mile of these arches. This is a popular tour in the winter because it’s cool and comfortable. You can also hire Adrenaline to take you to see the WIld Mustangs that roam the area. If you're looking for a ride on two wheels, check out Grand Valley Adventures guided dirt bike tours.