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  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    711 Independent Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    CPW manages 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Palisade River Trips
    237 S. Main St.
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Kayak and paddle board rentals
  • 1675 Aspen St
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
  • Troy Built Loop
    Loma, Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    The Troy Built Loop is very difficult but takes the rider through amazing high views. The trail is rocky and is a single track, taking changes in elevation and difficulty for eight miles.  ...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Ruby-Horsethief Canyon
    13 Rd.
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flat-water with sections of Class I and II rapids. This section of the...
  • Western Slope ATV Association
    Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Western Slope ATV Association is a group of like-minded individuals who love off-roading. WSATVA also dedicates time to trail building and maintenance so that everyone can enjoy the fun that...
  • Mt. Garfield Trail
    Mount Garfield
    Palisade, CO 81526
    This trail takes the user through 4 steep miles to the top of the iconic Mt. Garfield. This trail is very difficult but getting to the very top of Mt. Garfield is its own reward. Once on top, you...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Corkscrew Trail
    Wildwood Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Originally built by John Otto in 1909. Follow Liberty Cap Trail to trail junction sign at 1.0 mile (1.6 km). Turn left and hike 0.2 miles (0.3 km) to Corkscrew Trail sign; descend steep "corkscrew"...
  • Grand Valley River Excursions
    219 Limestone Circle
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Grand Valley River Excursions offers a variety of fishing experiences in western Colorado. Offering guided fishing trips on the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek to the Utah border. Enjoy fishing...
  • Tiara Rado Golf Course
    2057 South Broadway
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Tiara Rado Golf Couse is a scenic, 18-hole, public course located at the base of the Colorado National Monument. Red cliffs tower overhead as scenic vistas of the Grand Junction area make it hard...
  • Serpents Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Called "the crookedest road in the world," this historic trail has 16 switchbacks. The trail climbs steadily from east to west through Wingate Sandstone. Built in the early 1900s, this route was...
  • Butterknife Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
  • Twist-N-Shout Loop
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Twist-N-Shout Loop conscits of twists and turns but is an easy ride and will not push users too much, making appropriate for beginners. Difficulty: Moderate Length: 4.4 Miles Round trip
  • 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...
  • River City Sportplex
    2515 Riverside Parkway
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    All ice sports, including hockey, figure skating, public skating, birthdays, and private events. 
  • 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...