Wet and Wild Water Fun

When summer sizzles, cool off on the Colorado River, an alpine lake, or the local swimming hole.

Take a break from summer's high temps and float down Grand Junction's majestic river or paddle around one of the hundreds of pristine lakes. From a relaxing tube float through town to adrenaline-infused whitewater rafting, Grand Junction has an abundance of water activities to explore. Here's a quick guide to help you find the right adventure for you.

Floating and Tubing on the Colorado River

Popular rafting trips down the scenic Colorado River vary from short 90-minute float trips to longer three-hour or full day adventures. Grand Junction Adventures offers guided trips, shuttles, and gear drop-off and rentals for do-it-yourselfers.  Consider floating along Downtown Grand Junction, on the aptly named “Town Run.” You can also rent river gear such as canoes, kayaks, and PFD's from REI.

Alpine Lakes

More mellow outdoor activities await on the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-top mountain. This enormous mesa boasts more than 300 pristine alpine lakes situated at 10,000 feet. Rent a canoe or rowboat at the Grand Mesa Lodge to paddle around the lakes and don’t forget your pole. Most lakes hold freshwater trout that are sure to keep your line tight!

With a vast network of trails meandering through the Grand Mesa National Forest, visitors can soak up the Colorado scenery from the back of a trusted steed. Rimrock Adventures offers guided horseback rides in the Grand Junction vicinity in the Little Bookcliff Wild Horse Area and the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool

Grand Junction’s public pool has a gigantic enclosed water slide that will have you squealing with delight.  There is also a splash pad, which is free, and the water slide costs an extra $2.50 per user in addition to pool admission. Lifeguards are on duty and participate in regular trainings to receive industry-leading certifications. A full pool calendar, as well as admission, season pass prices, and swim lesson information can be found here or call at 970-254-3866. 

Always wear a lifejacket or other personal flotation device when participating in any water activity. Please check with your pool staff, a guide or outfitter for all proper safety precautions.