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

Thrilling trails, amazing views and cool summer weather can be found at Powderhorn Bike Park on the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado. 

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  • Corn Lake Trail
    South-West part of Grand Junction along the Colorado River
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Corn Lake Trail is part of the many trails that make up the Colorado Riverfront Trail System. This trail is paved, making it adequate for hikers, bikers, and equestrain use. It takes the user...
  • Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle Boarding Co.
    1561 High St.
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle (GJ SUP) is a located on the Western Slope of Colorado. We offer SUP rentals, lake & river instruction, yoga & fitness classes and can cater private groups. Our goal...
  • Lincoln Park Golf Course
    800 Mantlo Cir.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    This nine-hole golf course is located in the heart of Grand Junction. It is the oldest golf course on the Western Slope of Colorado that is still operating.  This great 9 hole layout was built in...
  • Colorado National Monument
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert bighorn sheep, soaring eagles, and a...
  • 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...
  • Bureau of Land Management - Grand Junction
    2815 H Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO). Office Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Bureau of Land Management - Dominguez- Escalante and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas....
  • Mt. Garfield Trail
    Mount Garfield
    Palisade, CO 81526
    This trail takes the user through 4 steep miles to the top of the iconic Mt. Garfield. This trail is very difficult but getting to the very top of Mt. Garfield is its own reward. Once on top, you...
  • Junction West RV Park
    793 22 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Grassy "Rustic tent" sites with shade, fire ring and views of the surrounding mountains - shared water and electric nearby.  "Deluxe tent" sites include water and electricity on the site.  All tent...
  • 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...
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.
    Mesa, CO 81643
    Tucked alongside the northern edge of Western Colorado's beautiful Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers breathtaking views, on over 1,600 acres of mountain terrain. Take exit 49 off I-70...
  • Rattlesnake Arches Loop
    10 miles west of Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Rattle Snake Arches loop is a hidden gem to Grand Junction. Following this trail will take the user to Rattle Snake Canyon, which contains the second highest concentration of arches in the U.S. It...
  • Palisade Rim Trail
    n/a
    Palisade, CO 81526
    The Palisade Rim Trail is a moderate trail that takes you up along the edge of the cliffs east of Palisade. The trail begins with an 800 foot climb that brings you to an amazing view of the Grand...
  • Kessels Run Trail
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kessel's run is another great loop with Prime Cut. The ride is mostly fast curving singletrack. Beware the trail can get nasty quickly in wet conditions. Combine these trails to make other loops in...
  • Colorado Discover Ability
    P.O. Box 1924
    Grand Junction, CO 81502
    River rafting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, biking, climbing and organized trips for the "physically challenged or disabled."
  • Struthers & Riverfront Trail, East of the Botanical Gardens
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Outdoor amphitheater on the One Riverfront trail and Colorado River. Outdoor concerts, events, small and large groups, concessions.
  • Highline Lake Trail
    1800 11.8 Road
    Loma, Co 81524
    Highline Lake Trail is  3.5 miles of unpaved gravel in Highline State Park. The trail takes you around the lake and offers views of deer, birds, and other wildlife in the area. The trail is an easy...
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA_
    Grand Junction, CO
    Located in the high desert canyon country of western Colorado and eastern Utah, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area consists of approximately 123,430 acres of BLM-administered land near...
  • MotoDiscovery
    528 23 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    MotoDiscovery Rentals provides adventure motorcycles, support equipment and organized motorcycle tours in Western Colorado and around the world. 
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Mica Mine Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Mica Mine trail is a local favorite, and the trail leads to a historic mica and quartz mine....
  • Steves Loop
    Loma (Exit #15)
    Loma, CO 81524
    Steve's Loop is part of the Kokopelli trail system. This trail takes the user through moderate changes in elevation at first but does get high enough to get an absolutely spectacular view of the...
  • Fruit and Wine Byway
    n/a
    Palisade, CO 81526
    The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway, divided into three routes, is a great way to experience the beautiful orchards, lavender gardens, world class vineyards, premium wineries and fresh farm market...
  • Matchett Park
    28 1/4 Road & Patterson Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Undeveloped open space with 18-hole disc golf course
  • Ute Petroglyph Trail
    East of the town of Palisade
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Petroglyph trail is named after the petroglyphs left behind by Ute indians. This trail is moderate in difficulty and will take the user through native desert vegetation and beautiful views of the...
  • Tabegauche Trail - Grand Junction Section
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Tabeguache (pronounced TAB-a-watch) Trail crosses public land for 142 miles, connecting Montrose and Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail begins in Shavano Valley and weaves through the canyons,...