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  • 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
  • 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....
  • Summit Ridge Guides
    Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Summit Ridge Guides are expert mountaineers. They offer guided climbing trips in places like Colorado National Monument, from basic to advanced climbs. Summit Ridge Guides also offers avalanche...
  • Grand Junction Adventures & GJ SUP
    1695 Las Colonias Landing
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    GJ SUP/ Grand Junction Adventures is a licensed river outfitter located in Grand Junction, Colorado. We have SUP, raft, tube and kayak rentals. We offer guided women's adventure & wellness yoga...
  • 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...
  • MotoDiscovery
    528 23 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    MotoDiscovery Rentals provides dual sport and adventure motorcycle rentals and riding equipment in Grand Junction, Colorado. We also have tour guides and can provide GPS units loaded and ready to...
  • 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' -...
  • Ottos Trail
    John Ottos Trail
    Colorado National Monument, CO 81507
    Gently sloping trail that leads to overlook with dramatic view of many monoliths. Trail will take 1/2 hour to complete one way and is  0.5 miles in length. Trail dificulty: easy
  • Glenwood Mountain Guides
    341 Park Drive
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
    We offer unique outdoor adventures in the high desert and canyons of western Colorado. Learn rock climbing, rappelling, and canyoneering. Climb Independence Monument or Unaweep Canyon. Our self...
  • Old Gordon Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Old Gordon Trail winds up through large slickrock expanses and sandstone ledges for 4 miles. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with lovely views of No Thoroughfare Canyon. (4 miles one-way, +1600'...
  • Lincoln Park Golf Course
    800 Mantlo Cir.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Lincoln Parks Golf Course is a nine-hole course located in the heart of Grand Junction. It is the oldest golf course in Grand Junction, Colorado, that is still operating. This great 9 hole layout...
  • Joes Ridge Trail
    18 Road Trail System
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Joe's Ridge Trail is located in Fruita and it belongs to the 18 Rd trail system. Joe's Ridge is appropriate for intermediate and experienced riders alike, taking the user through high hills and...
  • Audubon Trail
    West side of Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    The Audubon trail is a pleasant ride along the Colorado River. The trail is paved, making it adeal for road bikes. Along this trail the user will see a variaty of plant and small animals as well as...
  • 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...
  • Prime Cut Trail
    18 Road
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Prime Cut biking trail is a short and casual trail apt for beginners. The trail is smooth and no huge changes in elevation or difficulty, making it ideal for very young or beginning riders....
  • Pet-E-Kes Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • 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....
  • Moore Fun Trail
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Moore Fun Trail This is a technically and physically demanding biking trail, consisting of 7 miles of changes in elevations, terrain, and speed. Length: 7 miles Difficulty: Difficult
  • Uncompahgre National Forest
    2777 Crossroads Blvd., Unit 1
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Big game hunting draw hunters from just about every state to southwestern Colorado and to the GMUG National Forest.  The major big-game species that live in the GMUG National Forest are mule deer,...
  • Lions Loop
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Lion's Loop This trail is nearly eight miles of difficult terreain meant for experienced riders. The ride is mainly downhill and will pass through amazing views of the terrain below. Length: 7.8...
  • 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...
  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council
    Montrose
    Montrose, CO 81402
    The Grand Mesa Nordic Council (GMNC) grooms and maintains 50 km of cross country ski trails on the Skyway, County Line, and Ward trail systems on the Grand Mesa. The Grand Mesa is the largest flat...
  • North Fruita Desert Campground
    18 Road Trailhead
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Over 50 individual campsites in the North Fruita Desert with easy access to mountain biking, OHV trails, hiking, and shooting ranges. 
  • 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...