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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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  • Driven Experiences
    43200 Highway 141
    Gateway, CO 81522
    A Once-in-a Lifetime Driving Experience Behind the Wheel of a Pro-Baja Truck. Driven Experiences is a new off-road driving school offered at Gateway Canyons Resort. Ride Drive or Race. All skill...
  • 1340 Gunnison Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 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...
  • Old Kiln Trail
    Bangs Canyon Management jArea
    Orchard mesa, CO 81503
    Old Kiln Trail is a pleasant trail, located in the Bangs Canyon Management Area. Following this trail will lead users to an old lime kiln which they'll be able to see up close. This trail is...
  • Highline Lake State Park
    1800 11.8 Road
    Loma, CO 81524
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An oasis in the desert, Highline Lake is the recreation epicenter for the Grand Valley with two lakes, lush grass,...
  • Colorado National Monument
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Historic Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking panoramic views which stir the imagination. Motorists and bicyclists alike enjoy the drive's numerous scenic overlooks of colorfully sculpted...
  • Colorado Flight Center
    800 Heritage Way
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Offering scenic air tours and charter flights out of Grand Junction Regional Airport....
  • Bicycle Outfitters
    537 N. 1st St.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Bicycle Outfitters Is celebrating their 21st year as a bicycle retailer in Grand Junction, one of the oldest bike shops on the Western Slope. We are located in our NEW downtown Grand Junction...
  • The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa
    2325 W. Ridges Blvd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Grand Junction's newest golf course is spectacular. Ranked #1 Public golf course in Colorado 2017 by Golfweek.
  • 451 Pendleton St
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Located in beautiful Palisade, Riverbend Park is located right next to the Colorado River. The large and grassy park has shade from large trees that thrive on the constant water from the river....
  • MotoDiscovery
    528 23 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    MotoDiscovery Rentals provides adventure rental motorcycles, support equipment and organized motorcycle tours in Western Colorado and around the world. 
  • 639 Struthers Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Watson Island Disc Golf is located right along the Colorado River near Las Colonias Amphitheater and is free to the public.
  • Desert Rat Tours - Bike Guide & Tours
    No Store Front - Call For Information
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Whether it be on skinny tires or fat, Desert Rat Tours will take care of you in classic Western hospitality and style as you roll along through the scenery.  The winding roads through sandstone...
  • One Riverfront
    544 Rood Avenue, Room 214
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The One Riverfront Trail System celebrates and preserves the cottonwood groves, wetlands, cattail marshes, gravel bars and islands of the Colorado (originally the Grand) and the Gunnison Rivers....
  • Rim Rock Run
    Rimrock Dr
    Fruita, CO 81521
  • Free Lunch Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Lunch Line Trail is part of the Lunch Loop Trail System....
  • Tabeguache Trailhead - Lunch Loops
    Lunch Loops Trail System
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Tabeguache Trail spans out and connnects Grand Junction to Montrose through it's 142 miles of wild, uninhabited desert. This trail starts out at the No Thoroughfare Canyon at the Colorado...
  • Kids Meal Loop
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Kid's Meal Loop is the easiest loop in the Tabeguache Lunch Loop. It is perfectly suibtable for kids, providing smooth riding. Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.7 Miles
  • Douglas Pass Expedition
    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 82501
  • Canyon Rim Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Level trail following the cliff edge above colorful Wedding Canyon. Outstanding views. The trail is difficulty is easy and it will take 1/2 hour to complete one way. Length is .5 miles.
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Billings Canyon Jeep Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Bangs Canyon Trailhead lies at the heart of the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area and provides access to several different trails and recreation opportunities. These include:...
  • 1675 Aspen St
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
  • 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...
  • Palisade Rim Trail
    Palisade Colorado
    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...