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On the western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, you’ll find Grand Junction.

The landscape surrounding Grand Junction provides an ideal environment for year-round outdoor adventure.

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  • Adobe Creek National Golf Course
    876 18 1/2 Road
    Fruita, CO 81521
    With the Colorado National Monument as its backdrop, this 27-hole, championship golf course features a pro-shop, lounge and dining area. Rental clubs, lessons and pull or powered carts are...
  • No Thoroughfare Canyon
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail runs along the south side of the Colorado National Monument and is an easy to difficult hike. Caves, rock formations, streams, waterfalls and  water pools make this...
  • Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company
    750 1/4 Horizon Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    The Most Thrilling Off-Road Experience on the Western Slope of Colorado.  Experience the Adventure with Polaris Adventures RZR Rentals & Tours.  Half Day/Full Day options available and are perfect...
  • Three Sisters Park
    Mesa County
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The 130 acre Three Sisters Project offers a rare opportunity to acquire and place into public ownership a strategic property that will improve access to an extremely popular non-motorized trail...
  • Douglas Pass Expedition

    Douglas Pass Expedition

    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 82501
  • Eggleston Lake
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
    Dispersed campground located right next to Eggleston Lake. ...
  • Monument Canyon Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Monument Canyon trail sits right in the Colorado National Monument. This splendid trail takes the user through amazing sandstone formations and gorgeous views and to the base of Independence...
  • Boneshaker Adventures
    Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Boneshaker Adventures offers mountain bike camps and lessons for people of all ages. Their experienced and passionate coaches can help those new to the sport build a solid foundation, or help...
  • Centennial Canoe Outfitters
    255 E 2nd Street
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Operating since 1985, Centennial Canoe Outfitters, has been providing fully outfitted & guided boat trip adventures. Canoeing in Colorado, Utah & Wyoming on 9 different river stretches. We also...
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Island Acres Section
    1055 Interstate 70
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Visitors enjoy eighty clean and comfortable campsites with access to fishing, swimming and watchable wildlife opportunities
  • Colorado State Parks
    361 32 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81504
    Colorado State Parks has several different park areas within the Grand Junction area. The James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park includes five sections - Island Acres, Corn Lake, Colorado River...
  • Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway Association
    P.O. Box 122
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
    "Breathtaking scenes overlooking endless forests, and over 300 lakes!" is the easiest way to describe the 63 miles of the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, which takes you 6,000 ft. skyward into a magical...
  • 1100 North Ave
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Outdoor Program is Colorado Mesa University's headquarters for outdoor adventure and education. We are a student fee funded organization, whose purpose is to offer and promote affordable, safe,...
  • Chipeta Golf Course
    222 29 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Chipeta Golf Course is a premier, 18-hole, executive course located five miles south of downtown Grand Junction.  Wedding garden, clubhouse available for receptions, reunions, family outings...
  • Short Shot Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    The Short Shot trail takes users to amazing views of the surrounding valley as well as the distant bookfliff mountains and gives the user options to redirect on the Nut-N-2-It Trail and Twist-N...
  • Mesa Creek Back Country Ski Area
    39.067171, -108.105364
    Eckert, CO 81418
    Mesa Creek Back Country Ski area is the Mesa's original ski area. After the lifts were moved to what is now Powderhorn Resort, it became a haven for back-country skiers seeking their own lines....
  • Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Lincoln Park Moyer Pool is 50 meter outdoor pool that features a waterslide, Splash Pad water playground, 13' diving well with 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards, and a separate shallow water (2' -...
  • Sports Facilities
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • State Park Areas
    Grand Junction, CO
  • Lunch Loop Bike Park
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Lunch Loops Trail System is the ultimate biking destination in Grand Junction and a true local's favorite for singletrack....
  • Unaweep Canyon
    Unaweep Canyon
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Unaweep Canyon is just outside of Grand Junction, accessed by Highway 141. Translated, Unaweep Canyon roughly means "the Cayon with Two Mouths" and it is the only canyon in the world to have two...
  • Marys Loop Trail - Kokopellis Loop Trails Area
    Loma Exit 15
    Fruita, CO 81521
    This ride is probably the most riden "classic" ride of the canyons area. Highly recommended for first tijme visitors to this area. It is very easily accesed from the freeway. There are many...
  • Pineridge Park
    359 Ridges Blvd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Pineridge Park offers a basketball court, horseshoe court, portable seasonal restroom, Tennis/Pickleball courts, volleyball court, and playground.
  • Andys Loop Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Andy's Loop Trail is part of the Lunch Loop trail system. Andy's Loop can be accessed accross the road of the Little Park Trailhead, or the Monument Road Lunch Loop Trailhead. Mountain bikers...