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The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teamed up to create a set of principles aimed at guiding travel

Grand Junction is well-known for its fruit orchards, as well as its proximity to the

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

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  • 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 in the area. We are located in our NEW downtown Grand Junction location, just...
  • 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...
  • Fruit and Wine Byway
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    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...
  • Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department
    1340 Gunnison Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 1100 North Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Disc Golf course spread across the Colorado Mesa University Campus. Take a scenic walk through the grass fields and buildings of the campus while enjoying a game. 
  • 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...
  • Devils Kitchen Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Gradual ascent to a natural opening formed by a circle by huge upright boulders. At the first fork, go right. At the second fork, go left. Follow the trail across the wash. As you proceed up the...
  • 13 Road
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Loma Boat Launch provides public access to the Colorado River. Convinetley located right of I-70. Loma Boat Launch is a popular place for rafters, kayackers, paddleboarder, and tubers to enter...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Window Rock Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Level loop trail through pinyon-juniper woodland to overlook with excellent views of Monument and Wedding canyons and most of their major rock formations, including Independence Monument. Trail...
  • Western Anglers
    413 Main St.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Guided fly fishing trips, beginner - advanced casting & tying lessons, retail fishing gear.  Booked June-August.  Grand Mesa and river toward Rifle.
  • 7914 S 16 1/2 Road
    Glade Park, CO 81523
    Campgound on Glade Park with several campsites available on a first come, first serve basis. Open mid May- early November depending on the weather. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring and...
  • 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...
  • Zippity Do Da
    18 Road
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Zippity Do Da is a trail for expert riders. This trail takes the rider through changes in elevations and steep downhills that will push any rider to their limits. Breathtaking views are constant in...
  • 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...
  • Rustlers Loop
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    rustler's Loop is the first self-teaching mountain bike trail in the United States. The purpose of this trial is to give both beginners and experienced riders tips on everything from riding skills,...
  • 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...
  • City of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is located in Lincoln Park, and is dedicated to providing all people quality recreation and leisure opportunities.
  • Highline Lake State Park
    1800 11.8 Road
    Loma, CO 81524
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An oasis in the desert, Highline Lake is the recreation epicenter for Grand Junction with two lakes, lush grass,...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park
    595 Hwy 340
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    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...
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Corn Lake Section
    361 32 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81504
    An ideal location for Riverfront trail and Colorado River boating access as well as shaded picnic sites, fishing and watchable wildlife opportunities