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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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  • 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,...
  • East Creek Trail
    Highway 141 in Unaweep Canyon
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    East Creek trail is one of the most beautiful in the area. It's main attractions are the swim pools, creeks, and small waterfalls that the user will encounter in this hike. These water points are...
  • James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park
    595 Hwy 340
    Fruita, CO 81521
    James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park is made up of five separate and distinct sections spread out over 35 miles along the Colorado River. Fruita is on the west end and Island Acres is on the...
  • 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...
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.
    Mesa, CO 81643
    Downhill mountain biking is available just 45 minutes east of Grand Junction at Powderhorn Mountain Resort's bike park. The resort is open during the summer season with lift assisted, downhill...
  • Mobile City RV Park
    2322 Hwy 6 & 50
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Mobile City has the location! Big rigs! Small rigs! Extra-wide full hook-up sites, propane service, 30/50 AMP, cable TV, WiFi, Laundromat, showers, restrooms, Puppy Park and friendly service, close...
  • Grand Junction Adventures & GJ SUP
    1695 Las Colonias Landing
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    GJ SUP/ Grand Junction Adventures is a licensed river outfitter located on the Western Slope of Colorado. We have SUP, raft, tube and kayak rentals. We offer guided women's adventure & wellness...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Perris Powersports
    555 25 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
  • Jet Boat Colorado
    2237 Roan Creek Rd.
    De Beque, CO 81630
    "The most thrilling boat tour on the Colorado River".  Adventure and Scenic Jet Boat tours for the whole family. 1/2 mile north of I-70 in Debeque, CO
  • Palisade Riverbend Trail
    Palisade
    Palisade, CO 81526
    The Palisade Riverbend Trail is part of the Colorado Riverfront Trail System. It takes the user through 4 miles of beautiful scenery and marshes along the Colorado River. The trail is paved and...
  • Kokopellis Loop Trails Area
    Loma Exit
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kokopelli's Trail is a 142 mile multi-use trail that goes from Loma, Colorado to Moab, Utah. The primary use of the trail as a through route is by mountain bikes. Trail surface varies; the trail...
  • 85FG5XGH+C5
    Mack, CO 81525
    These three campgrounds are all located in Rabbit Valley, a recreation area off I-70 exit 2. Rabbit Valley is home to dozens of trails, most of which are open to bicycles and OHV's. Sites are...
  • Westlake Skateboard Park
    325 W. Orchard Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Westlake Skateboard Park is located in Westlake Park and offers a nine-hole disc golf course, open space, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground equipment, restrooms, walking path, and a skate...
  • Palisade River Trips
    237 S. Main St.
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Kayak and paddle board rentals
  • 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...
  • 611 25 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
  • Imondi Wake Zone
    1583 Cipolla Road
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Rocky Mountain Region's Exclusive Watersports Cable Park. Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Stand-Up Paddle boarding and more!
  • 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....
  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
    Black Ridge Wilderness
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness covers 75,439 acres that spans from directly behind the Colorado National Monument and runs into Utah. Home to seven red rock canyons, Black Ridge Canyons is filled...
  • Orchard Mesa Community Center Pool
    2736 Unaweep Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Orchard Mesa Community Center Pool features a Z shaped pool of 25 meters by 25 yards, with a shallow (2') wading area and 12' diving well. The facility also offers a hot tub and indoor waterslide....
  • GJ SUP & Grand Junction Adventures
    1695 Las Colonias Landing
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    GJ SUP/ Grand Junction Adventures is a licensed river outfitter located on the Western Slope of Colorado. We have SUP, raft, tube and kayak rentals. We offer guided women's adventure & wellness...
  • U.S. Forest Service
    2777 Crossroads Blvd. Unit 1
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three Forests cover 3,161,912 acres of public land in the central and...