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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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  • Bill Burkes 4-Wheeling America LLC
    No Store Front
    GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81501
    Bill Burke has been an internationally recognized 4x4 trainer and professional guide for 28+ years. Bill teaches everything you need to know about safe back country driving, and plans and leads...
  • Bureau of Land Management - Grand Junction
    2815 H Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO). Office Hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday- Friday, closed on all federal holidays. Bureau of Land Management - Dominguez- Escalante and McInnis Canyons National...
  • Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company
    750 1/4 Horizon Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    The Most Thrilling Off-Road Experience on the Western Slope of Colorado.  Experience the Adventure with Polaris Adventures RZR Rentals & Tours.  Half Day/Full Day options available and are perfect...
  • Gateway Canyons Air Tours
    43200 Hwy 141
    Gateway, CO 81522
    Let us fly you from where ever you are, to where you want to be. Experience an amazing flight above the unique American West.  Soar in luxury as you view red-rock desert canyons, rivers and snow...
  • Colorado Flight Center
    800 Heritage Way
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Offering scenic air tours and charter flights out of Grand Junction Regional Airport....
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Fruita Section
    595 Hwy 340
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Visitors enjoy fifty-seven clean and comfortable campsites with outstanding views of the Colorado National Monument and easy access to the One Riverfront trail system, Colorado River and downtown...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 1675 Aspen St
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
  • Over the Edge Sports
    202 E Aspen Ave
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Long time bike shop in Fruita, Colorado. Everything from bike sales and demos, to maintance and parts, to clothes, gear, and accessories. 
  • 4191 South 16 Road
    Glade Park, CO 81523
    On top of training horses for ranchwork, roping, barrel racing, and cow cutting, this horse ranch also offers guided trail rides. Ride in the arena or head onto BLM land right next to the ranch for...
  • 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.
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Connected Lakes Section
    Exit 28 Off I-70
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    An ideal location for birders and nature lovers to enjoy a hike along shaded trails
  • 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...
  • Holy Cross Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • 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...
  • The Ribbon
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Ribbon trail is extremely fun, taking the rider through mostly fast downhill terrain. On this trail there is going to be more vegetation than other trails in the area, but it is very fast and...
  • Mack Ridge Trail
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Mack Ridge Trail This trail takes the rider through  over 7 miles of a a mix of difficult and smooth terrain as well as changing elevations and extremely beautiful and high-up views. Length: 7.1...
  • Glacier Ice Arena
    2515 Riverside Parkway
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    All ice sports, including hockey, figure skating, public skating, birthdays, and private events. 
  • 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...
  • Ute Water Conservancy Districts Jerry Creek Fish-a-Thon

    Ute Water Conservancy Districts Jerry Creek Fish-a-Thon

    Jerry Creek Reservoir No. 1
    Colbran, CO 81624
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA)
    Grand Junction, CO
    The 210,172-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which includes the 66,280-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, was created by the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands Management Act and is part...