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  • Old Kiln Trail
    Bangs Canyon Management jArea
    Orchard mesa, CO 81503
    Old Kiln Trail is a pleasant trail, located in the Bangs Canyon Management Area. Following this trail will lead users to an old lime kiln which they'll be able to see up close. This trail is...
  • The Gear Junction
    537 Main Street
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Gear Junction is an outdoor consignment store that focuses on new and used high end gear for camping, cycling, rafting, skiing, and more. ...
  • Kokopellis Loop Trails Area
    Loma Exit
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kokopelli's Trail is a 142 mile multi-use trail that goes from Loma, Colorado to Moab, Utah. The primary use of the trail as a through route is by mountain bikes. Trail surface varies; the trail...
  • Coke Ovens Trail
    Monument Canyon
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Trail descends gradually and parallels the hillside to the overlook. Look upon the massive rounded Coke Ovens, an illustration of the effects of time and weather on the Wingate Sandstone....
  • Magellan Loop
    BLM Bangs Canyon Management Area
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Magellan trail is a double track trail, giving ample space for bikers in groups. There will be changes in elevation and terrain (for example, from dirt to slickrock) as well as beautiful...
  • 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...
  • Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle Boarding Co.
    1800 11 8/10 Rd
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle (GJ SUP) is located on the Western Slope of Colorado. We offer SUP rentals, lake & river instruction, yoga & fitness classes and can cater private groups. Our goal is...
  • 639 Struthers Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Watson Island Disc Golf is located right along the Colorado River near Las Colonias Amphitheater and is free to the public.
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 639 Struthers Ave
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Grand Junction's Watson Island Park is located right off the Colorado River near the Las Calonias Ampitheater. Paved and dirt trails cover the park along with a disc golf course. 
  • Audubon Trail
    West side of Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    The Audubon trail is a pleasant ride along the Colorado River. The trail is paved, making it adeal for road bikes. Along this trail the user will see a variaty of plant and small animals as well as...
  • Palisade River Trips
    237 S. Main St.
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Kayak and paddle board rentals
  • 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.
  • 85CHPCVX+VX
    Whitewater, CO 81527
    Big Dominguez Campground is located in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and can be accessed either from Highway 141 or from Highway 50. Sites include fire rings and picnic tables....
  • Old Spanish Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Old Spanish Trail, over 7 miles long, provides users with a pleasant and quiet hike just a few minutes away from downtown Grand Junction. Along this trail, the user will encounter some wildlife and...
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • 451 Pendleton St
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Located in beautiful Palisade, Riverbend Park is located right next to the Colorado River. The large and grassy park has shade from large trees that thrive on the constant water from the river....
  • 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....
  • Holy Cross Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...