Grand Junction and the Grand Valley have everything that’s great about Colorado, yet feel like nowhere else. This is a land of contrasting landscapes, where the Rockies and the vibrant Grand Mesa give way to the stark red-rock canyons and the high desert of the Colorado National Monument. Separated by two majestic rivers — the Colorado and the Gunnison — and a fertile valley, this is the only place where you can bike a desert trail, visit an award-winning winery and take in a vast outdoor public-art exhibit after you’ve taken the kids to dig for dinosaur fossils. Grand Junction is the largest city in western Colorado, adjacent to I-70, with a regional airport and access via Amtrak’s most popular route, which runs between Denver and Salt Lake City.
Charming downtown Grand Junction is filled with art galleries, clothing boutiques, antique shops and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Main Street features Art on the Corner, one of the nation’s largest outdoor sculpture collections.
Grand Junction offers mild-to-wild river rafting, jet boating, kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. The Grand Valley, which includes the communities of Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade, is a landscape of adventure with more than 1.2 million acres of public land. Road cyclists can ride the iconic Rim Rock Drive of the Colorado National Monument. Hikers and mountain bikers can experience world-class mountain trails such as the Lunch Loops/Tabeguache trail system, which is minutes from downtown Grand Junction, or the 18 Road/Kokopelli trails in Fruita. Ride an OHV, ATV or dirt bike on extensive BLM-managed lands, including the high-desert landscape at the bottom of the Book Cliffs Mountain Range.
Grand Mesa, to the east of Grand Junction, is one of the largest flat-topped mountains in the world. Find more than 300 lakes, Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s alpine skiing, snowboarding and downhill mountain biking, hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and some of the best cross-country skiing in Colorado.
Five local public golf courses operate nearly year-round, due to 250-plus days of sunshine, including Tiara Rado Golf Course with the red cliffs of the Colorado National Monument towering above the links, and the one of the best public golf courses in Colorado, The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.
The Grand Valley features more than 23 wineries, six craft breweries, one distillery, more than 15 lavender farms and many fruit orchards. Travel along the Fruit and Wine Scenic Byway by car or bike in the Palisade area to enjoy a first-hand taste of these culinary delights.
Walk or bike the Colorado Riverfront Trail, which meanders along the Colorado River for 28 miles. Float down the Colorado River. Horseback in McInnis Canyons, interact with model dinosaurs at Dinosaur Journey or participate in a dinosaur dig, looking for real fossils. Be sure to plan extra days to explore our landscape of adventure.
We look forward to you discovering a dramatically different side of Colorado!
Average High in Grand Junction in October: Upper-60s
Average Low in Grand Junction in October: Mid-40s