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  • The Gunnison River Bluffs Trail
    Orchard Mesa
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    The Gunnison River Bluffs Trail is quite and tranquil. It will take the user through the beautiful deseart, showcasing its wildlife and deseart flowers.  This trail provides with an excellent...
  • Scenic Rim Rock Drive
    1750 Rim Rock Drive
    Fruita, CO 81521
    One of the grandest scenic drives in the American West, the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive offers redrock canyons, crisp blue skies, and glorious views along the way for motorists and bicyclists. The road...
  • Canyon Rim Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Level trail following the cliff edge above colorful Wedding Canyon. Outstanding views. The trail is difficulty is easy and it will take 1/2 hour to complete one way. Length is .5 miles.
  • Grand Mesa National Forest
    2777 Crossroads Blvd., Unit 1
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies covering 3,161,912 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky...
  • Kodels Canyon Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kodels Canyon is west of the west entrance to the Colorado National Monument. To access trailhead, turn off along highway 340 across Dinosaur Hill. This trail will take you to Kodels Canyon and...
  • Ute Canyon Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Rigorous descent into narrow Ute Canyon from the plateau follows a primitive trail. Route then follows the streambed with seasonal stream and pools bordered by cottonwoods and willows. A few arches...
  • Get Air at the Silo - Trampoline Park
    715 S. 7th Street
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Get Air at the Silo is a trampoline park and more that is loads of fun for all ages.  With over 10,000 square feet of trampolines, ninja courses and climbing walls that includes trampolines, foam...
  • Colorado Discover Ability
    P.O. Box 1924
    Grand Junction, CO 81502
    River rafting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, biking, climbing and organized trips for the "physically challenged or disabled."
  • Junction West RV Park
    793 22 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Extra wide pull-through RV sites with full hook-ups & picnic tables. Room for slide-outs & tow vehicles. Friendly staff. New tiny house cabins in 2017. Spotless bathrooms. Private tiled showers....
  • Grassroots Cycles
    401 Colorado Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Lost Lake Trail - Grand Mesa
    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...
  • Eagles Wing - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Eagle's Wing is one of the most difficult trails in the Lunch Loops Trail System....
  • 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...
  • Ottos Trail
    John Ottos Trail
    Colorado National Monument, CO 81507
    Gently sloping trail that leads to overlook with dramatic view of many monoliths. Trail will take 1/2 hour to complete one way and is  0.5 miles in length. Trail dificulty: easy
  • Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary
    1411 S. 16 5/10 Rd.
    Glade Park, CO 81523
    Steadfast Steeds is a mustang sanctuary devoted to showcasing America's wild horse as a "living national treasure" in a publically accessible environment. Guests receive interactive experiences and...
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • Altitude Outdoor Adventures
    21221 Baron Lake Dr
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
  • Gunny Loop Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Gunny Loop Trail can be accessed from the Little Park Trailhead. Gunny Loop Trail is nearby the Lunch Loop Trail System and can be incorporated into a series of loops in the area. The Little Park...
  • Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Lincoln Park Moyer Pool is 50 meter outdoor pool that features a waterslide, Splash Pad water playground, 13' diving well with 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards, and a separate shallow water (2' -...
  • 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...
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.
    Mesa, CO 81643
    Tucked alongside the northern edge of Western Colorado's beautiful Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers breathtaking views, on over 1,600 acres of mountain terrain. Take exit 49 off I-70...