Top Things to Do This Winter in Grand Junction

There’s skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more, but did you know that you can often golf, hike or bike in more temperate conditions during winter in Grand Junction? Discover an affordable and convenient Colorado destination that offers both classic winter and warm-weather activities all season long. Start planning these thrilling adventures in Grand Junction this winter.

Cross-country Ski on the World’s Largest Flat-Top Mountain

 If you haven’t cross-country skied Grand Mesa, then you’re missing out. Skiing across the world’s largest flat-top mountain, just east of Grand Junction, offers spectacular panoramic views, frozen lakes, dense pine forests, and peaceful Aspen groves. Grand Mesa has many professionally groomed trails for backcountry skiing throughout the winter. Wander off on  the ungroomed West Bench Trail for a cross-country trek through aspens and spruce, and amazing views of the Powderhorn Ski Area. If you need to rent skis or other gear, visit The Board & Buckle in Grand Junction or the Powderhorn Rental Shop.

Fat Bike the Snow, Mountain Bike the Dirt 

Just because snow covers the trails doesn’t mean you have to stop pedaling, the Grand Mesa is the perfect place to break out fat bikes. If you’re looking for a reprieve from the frosty temperatures, head out to Fruita’s 18 Road or Loma’s Kokopelli trail system. Here, it’s possible to put your tires directly on the dirt and enjoy some of the best single-track biking Colorado has to offer year-round! Each trail head is home to a wide variety of terrain ranging from mild to advanced, providing endless loop combinations and boundless opportunities to screech with glee. For bike rentals near Grand Junction, visit Colorado Backcountry Biker or Colorado Electric Bikes.

Play a Round of Winter Golf at an Award-Winning Course

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t tee off. The Redlands Mesa Golf Course has breathtaking views of the Colorado National Monument accompanied by rolling terrain and fresh mountain air. This course is so epic, Golfweek has ranked the course as the #1 golf course in Colorado. Enjoy a round of 9 or 18 holes until as late as December and as early as February at this award-winning course. A high-end pro shop, restaurant and après golf deck offer the extra amenities you would expect from a premier golf course.

Skate at the Glacier Ice Arena

Take to the ice at Grand Junction’s Glacier Ice Arena, boasting a year-round, NHL-size rink. Play ice hockey, ice skate, or figure skate. Don’t fret if it’s your first time on the ice, the Glacier Ice Arena offers classes and clinics to anyone wanting to refine their blade skills. The facility also features concessions, a private party room and rentals. Embrace the winter spirit by joining an ice hockey league or practicing your triple axel at the Glacier Ice Arena.

Ski & Snowboard at Powderhorn Mountain Resort 

If “Mission Affordable” skiing and boarding gets your attention, you must visit Powderhorn Mountain Resort, just 45 minutes from Grand Junction. With 1,600 acres of terrain averaging 250 inches of powder — skiing, snowboarding and back country is at your beck and call.  With 20 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate and 30 percent expert, it’s the perfect balance for you and your pals. Explore various terrain including two terrain parks, moguls, glades and boulder fields easily accessed on the high-speed quad. Private and group lessons are available and the Powderhorn Rental Shop offers equipment, accessory, and outerwear rentals on-site.

Hike Colorado National Monument

Winter hiking in Colorado usually means bundling up layers of puffy jackets, fuzzy hats and clunky snowshoes, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Colorado National Monument offers a quiet escape where all you’ll need are your favorite pair of hiking boots, a light jacket, and your sense of adventure. Trails like Devil’s Kitchen, and Coke Ovens are great options for a shorter hike, while No Thoroughfare and Liberty Cap trails will keep you out and about for a longer excursion — see a full list of scenic hikes here.

Now that you’re equipped with all the best things to do in Grand Junction this winter, you’ll want to start planning your trip today. Pleasantly mild winters, scenic views and endless activities make Grand Junction an affordable winter destination to enjoy all of your classic and unconventional recreation!