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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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  • Lions Loop
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Lion's Loop This trail is nearly eight miles of difficult terreain meant for experienced riders. The ride is mainly downhill and will pass through amazing views of the terrain below. Length: 7.8...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Powderhorn Trails
    Mesa County
    Mesa, CO 81643
  • Grand Mesa Adventures
    21221 Baron Lake Dr
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
    Grand Mesa Adventures offers rentals for ATV's snowmobiles, and fishing equipment. Grand Mesa Adventures also has ATV and snowmobile tours, as well as tours for fly and ice fishing. 
  • 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
  • 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....
  • Matchett Park
    28 1/4 Road & Patterson Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Open space with 18-hole disc golf course
  • North Fruita Desert Campground
    18 Road Trailhead
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Over 50 individual campsites in the North Fruita Desert with easy access to mountain biking, OHV trails, hiking, and shooting ranges. 
  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
    Black Ridge Wilderness
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness covers 75,439 acres that spans from directly behind the Colorado National Monument and runs into Utah. Home to seven red rock canyons, Black Ridge Canyons is filled...
  • 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...
  • 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 Valley make it hard to keep...
  • 1340 Gunnison Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 18 Road Trails Area
    Fruita
    Fruita, CO 81521
    This is what put Fruita on the mountain biking map! The North Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area includes 72,000 acres and 250 miles of designated recreation routes. Much of the area...
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Billings Canyon Jeep 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:...
  • 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 on the Western Slope. We are located in our NEW downtown Grand Junction...
  • 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....
  • Rimrock Adventures
    927 Highway 340
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Rimrock Adventures offers raft, canoe, inflatable kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals.  We offer 12', 14', 16' and 18' raft rentals.  Paddle rafts and Oar rafts.  We also rent river toilets,...
  • Mesa Creek Back Country Ski Area
    39.067171, -108.105364
    Eckert, CO 81418
    Mesa Creek Back Country Ski area is the Mesa's original ski area. After the lifts were moved to what is now Powderhorn Resort, it became a haven for back-country skiers seeking their own lines....
  • 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. 
  • 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...
  • Dinosaur Hiking Trails
    462 Ute Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Boneshaker Adventures
    Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Boneshaker Adventures offers mountain bike camps and lessons for people of all ages. Their experienced and passionate coaches can help those new to the sport build a solid foundation, or help...