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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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  • 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
  • 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....
  • Lincoln Park/Stocker Stadium/Suplizio Field
    12th Street & Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Lincoln Park offers a lighted baseball field and football field, a nine hole golf course with driving range, quarter mile track, picnic shelters, playground equipment, outdoor swimming pool ...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Matchett Park
    28 1/4 Road & Patterson Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Open space with 18-hole disc golf course
  • Colorado National Monument
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert bighorn sheep, soaring eagles, and a...
  • 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
  • Douglas Pass Expedition

    Douglas Pass Expedition

    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 82501
  • Alcove Nature Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Self-guiding nature trail into an ancient sand dune. Trail will take 1/2 hour one way and is .5 miles in distance. Trail difficulty: Easy
  • 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...
  • Mesa, CO 81643
    The Lost Lake Trail climbs several hundred feet in elevation from the southwest corner of Mesa Lake to the east end of Lost Lake just below the rim of the Grand Mesa. The trail provides access to...
  • 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...
  • Rimrock Drive
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Campground in Colorado National Monument. Three loops provide plenty of campsites. A Loop is open all year round and available on a first come, first serve basis. B Loop and C Loop are open mid...
  • Sports Facilities
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Palisade River Trips
    237 S. Main St.
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Float trips through fruit and wine country; half-day, early morning; bird watching; evening cocktail floats;bachelorette parties
  • 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...
  • Rapid Creek Cycles & Paddleboards
    237 S Main St.
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Full service bike and paddleboard shop.  For the mountain biker we rent IBIS, Niner and Kona mountain bikes and have trail infomation for the Grand Valley, from the Grand Mesa to Fruita.  We also...
  • Eagle Rim Skateboard Park
    2746 Cheyenne Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Eagle Rim Skateboard Park is located in Eagle Rim Park and overlooks the Riverfront Trail at Las Colonias. In addition to a skateboard park, the park features grills, horseshoe courts, picnic...
  • Eggleston Lake
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
    Dispersed campground located right next to Eggleston Lake. ...
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Rough Canyon Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Bangs Canyon Trailhead lies at the heart of the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area and provides access to several different trails and recreation opportunities. These include:...
  • Spring Extravaganza Parking Lot Sale

    Spring Extravaganza Parking Lot Sale

    555 25 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
  • REI
    925 Independent Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Mountain bike rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, and snow shoe rentals.
  • Kessels Run Trail
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kessel's run is another great loop with Prime Cut. The ride is mostly fast curving singletrack. Beware the trail can get nasty quickly in wet conditions. Combine these trails to make other loops in...