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  • 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...
  • Colorado E Bikes
    2751 Riverside Parkway
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Offering a variety of E Bikes (Electric Bikes), including mountain, fat tire, road, trike, and multipurpose. Rentals available.
  • 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...
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.
    Mesa, CO 81643
    Downhill mountain biking is now available just 45 minutes east of Grand Junction at Powderhorn Mountain Resort's bike park. The resort is open during the summer season with lift assisted, downhill...
  • The  Bike Shop
    950 North Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Grand Junction OHV Area
    Grand Valley OHV Recreation Area, 27 and 1/4 Rd
    Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Grand Valley Open OHV Area provides opportunities for cross-country motorized recreation and time with family and friends, including camping. The western boundary of the Open Area is 27 1/4 Road.
  • Mack Ridge Trail
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Mack Ridge Trail This trail takes the rider through  over 7 miles of a a mix of difficult and smooth terrain as well as changing elevations and extremely beautiful and high-up views. Length: 7.1...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway Association
    P.O. Box 122
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
    "Breathtaking scenes overlooking endless forests, and over 300 lakes!" is the easiest way to describe the 63 miles of the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, which takes you 6,000 ft. skyward into a magical...
  • Lincoln Park Golf Course
    800 Mantlo Cir.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Lincoln Parks Golf Course is a nine-hole course located in the heart of Grand Junction. It is the oldest golf course on the Western Slope of Colorado that is still operating. This great 9 hole...
  • REI
    925 Independent Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Mountain bike rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, and snow shoe rentals.
  • 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...
  • Imondi Wake Zone
    1583 Cipolla Road
    Fruita, CO 81521
    The Rocky Mountain Region's Exclusive Watersports Cable Park. Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Stand-Up Paddle boarding and more!
  • 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...
  • 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. 
  • Bill Burkes 4-Wheeling America LLC
    No Store Front
    GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81501
    Bill Burke has been an internationally recognized 4x4 trainer and professional guide for 28+ years. Bill teaches everything you need to know about safe back country driving, and plans and leads...
  • 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...
  • 725 Struthers Ave
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Open space with shelter, picnic tables, and restrooms. Outdoor amphitheater on the One Riverfront Trail and Colorado River. Outdoor concerts, events, small and large groups, concessions. Edgewater...
  • 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:...
  • Western Anglers
    413 Main St.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Whether you're looking for a beginning fly-fishing lesson or an all-day trip, there's no better way to discover the local hot-spots than with an experienced fishing or hunting guide. Call Western...
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Island Acres Section
    1055 Interstate 70
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Visitors enjoy eighty clean and comfortable campsites with access to fishing, swimming and watchable wildlife opportunities
  • Centennial Canoe Outfitters
    255 E 2nd Street
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Operating since 1985, Centennial Canoe Outfitters, has been providing fully outfitted & guided boat trip adventures. Canoeing in Colorado, Utah & Wyoming on 9 different river stretches. We also...
  • 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...