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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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  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.
    Mesa, CO 81643
    Tucked alongside the northern edge of Western Colorado's beautiful Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers breathtaking views, on over 1,600 acres of mountain terrain. Take exit 49 off I-70...
  • Ute Canyon Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Rigorous descent into narrow Ute Canyon from the plateau follows a primitive trail. Route then follows the streambed with seasonal stream and pools bordered by cottonwoods and willows. A few arches...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Fruit and Wine Byway
    n/a
    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...
  • 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...
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA)
    McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Located in the high desert canyon country of western Colorado and eastern Utah, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area consists of approximately 123,430 acres of BLM-administered land near...
  • Gunny Loop Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Gunny Loop Trail can be accessed from the Little Park Trailhead. Gunny Loop Trail is nearby the Lunch Loop Trail System and can be incorporated into a series of loops in the area. The Little Park...
  • 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
  • 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 on the Western Slope of Colorado that is still operating. This great 9 hole...
  • Grand Valley BMX
    2785 US Hwy. 50
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Try BMX Racing! BMX racing is open to anyone who can ride a bike – ages 2–92. At Grand Valley BMX, the racing season lasts all year long, as weather permits. Grand Valley BMX is an officially...
  • 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...
  • 3002 N. I-70 Frontage Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81504
    Grand Junction Motor Speedway is one of the premier Kart racing facilities in the country. We provide a full Kart rental program, corporate and team-building programs, professional race management,...
  • 1340 Gunnison Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Board & Buckle CO
    2822 N. Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Bikes in the summer; skis and more in the winter. We rent a full selection of gear, regardless of the season. Choose from road or mountain bikes in the summer and downhill, cross-country or...
  • Las Colonias Park
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Open space with shelter, picnic tables, and restrooms. Outdoor amphitheater on the One Riverfront Trail and Colorado River. Outdoor concerts, events, small and large groups, concessions. Edgewater...
  • 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....
  • Lunch Loop Bike Park
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Lunch Loops Trail System is the ultimate biking destination in Grand Junction and a true local's favorite for singletrack....
  • Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary
    1411 S. 16 5/10 Rd.
    Glade Park, CO 81523
    Steadfast Steeds is a mustang sanctuary devoted to showcasing America's wild horse as a "living national treasure" in a publically accessible environment. Guests receive interactive experiences and...
  • Grassroots Cycles
    401 Colorado Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 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...
  • Corn Lake Trail
    South-West part of Grand Junction along the Colorado River
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Corn Lake Trail is part of the many trails that make up the Colorado Riverfront Trail System. This trail is paved, making it adequate for hikers, bikers, and equestrain use. It takes the user...
  • 2583 Hwys 6 & 50
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Grand Junction KOA
    2819 Highway 50
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    This Western Colorado KOA is centrally located between the panoramic views of the red rock structures on the Colorado National Monument and the national forest of world's largest flat top mountain...