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The landscape surrounding Grand Junction provides an ideal environment for year-round outdoor adventure.

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals / Motorcycle Accessories
    2060 East Main Street
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    EagleRider of Grand Junction is the place to rent a late model Harley-Davidson® or BMW motorcycle to travel the Rocky Mountains, Moab, Utah, the West and much more.  We operate alongside Motorcycle...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Colorado E Bikes
    561 25 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Offering a variety of E Bikes (Electric Bikes), including mountain, fat tire, road, trike, and multipurpose. Rentals available.
  • Rabbit Valley Trail System
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Bordering the Colorado River, Rabbit Valley is a pinyon-juniper desert landscape with rimrock outcrops. Several trails designated for various uses, including ATV and motorcycle riding, wind through...
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Mica Mine Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Mica Mine trail is a local favorite, and the trail leads to a historic mica and quartz mine....
  • Western Slope ATV Association
    Grand Junction
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    The Western Slope ATV Association is a group of like-minded indivuals who love off-roading. WSATVA also dedicates time to trail building and maintance so that everyone can enjoy the fun that all...
  • 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...
  • 1340 Gunnison Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • 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...
  • Tabegauche Trail - Grand Junction Section
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Tabeguache (pronounced TAB-a-watch) Trail crosses public land for 142 miles, connecting Montrose and Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail begins in Shavano Valley and weaves through the canyons,...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Palisade Riverbend Trail
    Palisade
    Palisade, CO 81526
    The Palisade Riverbend Trail is part of the Colorado Riverfront Trail System. It takes the user through 4 miles of beautiful scenery and marshes along the Colorado River. The trail is paved and...
  • Rimrock Adventures
    927 Highway 340
    Fruita, CO 81521
    We offer something for everyone. One hour, half-, full- and multi-day raft trips (float and whitewater trips) on the Colorado River. One-, two- and three-hour horseback rides through the...
  • 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...
  • RockyTrax
    2150 S. 16 1/2 Rd
    Glade Park, CO 81523
    RockyTrax is a local family-owned and operated company which rents dual sport dirt bikes and campers. RockyTrax also provides day and multi-day guided dirt bike tours throughout Western Colorado,...
  • 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...
  • Spring Extravaganza Parking Lot Sale

    Spring Extravaganza Parking Lot Sale

    555 25 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
  • 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
  • Liberty Cap Trail
    Wildwood Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Trail ascends steeply for 2 miles from the Grand Valley floor to Liberty Cap rock sculpture. Trail winds across gently sloping Monument Mesa through pinyon-juniper forest and sagebrush flats for...
  • Marys Loop Trail - Kokopellis Loop Trails Area
    Loma Exit 15
    Fruita, CO 81521
    This ride is probably the most riden "classic" ride of the canyons area. Highly recommended for first tijme visitors to this area. It is very easily accesed from the freeway. There are many...