Three Days of Winter Bliss in Grand Junction

Winter has officially arrived. Snow is falling in the mountains. On the Grand Mesa, the 300 lakes have begun to freeze and are buried under light, fluffy snow. The world's largest flat-top mountain is quickly turning into a winter wonderland. What are you waiting for? Start planning a long weekend getaway to Grand Junction today.

Day One:

From Grand Junction, you'll head up scenic Highway 65, also known as the Grand Mesa Scenic Highway, to get to the Grand Mesa where Powderhorn Mountain Resort resides. The Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is one of the country's first byways, and every turn, curve, and vista is breathtaking. For an adventure fueling sit down breakfast, visit Café Sol in Downtown Grand Junction. For a quick bit to eat and a delicious cup of coffee, you won’t want to miss Copeka Coffee. After breakfast, it’s time to hit the slopes.

One of the best things about Powderhorn is the small mountain vibe. Skip the lift lines, avoid the crowds, and feel like a local. Powderhorn is also known for its incredible tree skiing. The mountain is covered in aspen groves, and there is always untouched snow to be found. Even though the three lifts service a wide variety of terrain, Powderhorn also provides easy access to backcountry. Whether you hop on the high-speed quad or earn your turns, options for affordable knee-deep powder are easily accessible.

When you are ready to refuel, visit the Powderhorn Pub, located right at the base of the mountain. Or, try the new Umbrella Bar, only feet from the bottom of the Flat Top Flyer high-speed quad lift. The umbrella bar is a clear heated yurt so you can view the mountain and watch fellow skiers approach. It’s the perfect place to relax with a drink and a piping hot pizza.

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Day Two:

Powderhorn might be nestled into the steep sides of the Grand Mesa, but today it’s time to explore its expansive flat surface. Thanks to the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, there are over 30 miles of maintained cross-country trails across the Mesa’s surface. Check out the Skyway Trailhead for fun terrain that can be enjoyed by all skill levels. After a day of exploring the trails and taking in the grandiose sights of the Grand Mesa, there is a warming hut at the trailhead where you can enjoy getting toasty. All the trails at Skyway Trailhead and County Line trailhead are groomed. If you're looking for something more challenging, there are several trails at the Ward trailhead that are well marked but not groomed.

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Afterward, stop in at the Alexander Lake Lodge for dinner. This charming spot has a rustic cabin feel and is located just passed the Grand Mesa Visitor Center. Here, you can enjoy a cozy fire that will burn off the chill while enjoying traditional Polish meals.

Day Three:

After two days on skies, your legs have earned a break, but that doesn’t mean the adventure stops. You’re headed to Grand Mesa Adventures, where you'll get outfitted on a snowmobile for a day in the backcountry. Covering over 500 square miles, the Grand Mesa has hundreds of snowmobile areas to be explored. Land's End Road closes to vehicle traffic in the winter and becomes a haven for sleds. The road itself runs from Highway 65 for 12 miles before reaching the old Land’s End Observatory. There are dozens of other side roads to explore here, as well.

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While you can rent a snowmobile to take out on your own, you can also go on a guided tour with Grand Mesa Adventures. Their expert guides spend every day on the Mesa and know all the best places, whether you're looking for a mellow, scenic ride or an adrenaline-pumping adventure. 

After, head back down towards Grand Junction. For lodging in town, Grand Junction has plenty of affordable options for you to choose from. Stay in our charming Downtown, or stay on Horizon Drive which allows for quick access to the highway to get to the Grand Mesa all the sooner. If you’re looking to rent ski equipment, check out Board and Buckle, or check out a full list of rental places. We’ll plan on seeing you soon!

There's more to Grand Junction than winter. Check out four seasons of activities on page 28 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide