Post-Conference Tours

These tours held after the conference closes are a great way to explore the Grand Valley before you head home on Friday. Sign up before they fill up!

  1. Savor the Flavors of Palisade: Art, Wine & Vines

    Named one of the top 10 wine-lovers destinations in the US by Trip Advisor in 2012, this tour will show you why. Art and wine are the perfect complement to your say in the Grand Valley. We will depart on a luxury shuttle bus to downtown Palisade, where you can visit the Blue Pig and Craig Galleries, which are just a bloc away from the only cider tasting room, 13 BRIX°. At 2:30, we will head to our first winery, Colterris Winery, home to some of the oldest vines in the valley. Followed by stops at DeBeque Canyon Winery and St. Kathryn Cellars, where you will sample fruit wines and the bolder reds of Talon Wine Brands. Our last stop will be the 2016 Winery of the Year, Red Fox, a unique winery with whiskey-barrel-aged wines and specialty “wine-tails.” Cheers!

    Friday, October 27, 1—5pm
    Departing and Returning to Two Rivers Convention Center

    Minimum No.: 15
    Maximum No.: 26
    Cost: $65/person

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  2. Canyons, Bones & Wine

    Travel along historic Rim Rock Drive with a local step-on guide from Grand Junction to Fruita and discover the spectacular red-rock canyons of Colorado National Monument, with its towering sandstone monoliths. Rated by Outside Magazine as “one of the best places for solitude in the US” and touted as a mini-Grand Canyon, Colorado National Monument offers 18 scenic turn outs and wonderful trails ranging from a few hundred feet to 14 miles. Walk along the beautiful Canyon Rim Trail with a spectacular view into Monument Canyon. Afterward, stop by Dinosaur Hill, one of the original fossil sites followed by a quick tour of Dinosaur Journey to include a VIP visit to the paleontological lab where fossils are prepared for display. End the tour with wine tasting at Two Rivers Winery. Two Rivers has won more than 60 awards in international competitions for their premium wines, including chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, riesling, syrah and port.

    Friday, October 27, 1—6pm
    Departing and Returning to Two Rivers Convention Center

    Minimum No.: 8
    Maximum No.: 14
    Cost: $35/person

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  3. Bike the Riverfront Trail and the Grand Valley Back Roads with City of Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart

    Enjoy a beautiful two-hour bike ride through on the back roads of the Grand Valley with City of Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart. Ride on the Colorado Riverfront Trail, which is a paved trail that follows the Colorado River through Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade connecting several parks, lakes and recreational amenities. You will also connect into one of the top “75 Classic Rides in Colorado” the Fruita Farms Loop, which is a flat spin on quiet rural roads. There’s just a tiny bit of climbing, the scenery is fabulous, and it’s easy to shorten or lengthen the ride depending on wind, weather or whim. The skill level is easy and the best time to ride it is in the fall or spring.

    Friday, October 27, 1:45—4pm
    Departing and Returning to Two Rivers Convention Center

    Minimum No.: 2
    Maximum No.: NA
    Cost: Free

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  4. Downtown Art on the Corner & Car Park aRT Tour

    Art on the Corner (AOTC) is a year-round outdoor sculpture exhibit displayed in Downtown Grand Junction and is one of the first of its kind in the country. The display is free to the public and includes more than 100 sculptures in a variety of mediums and styles. Established in 1984 by local sculptor, Dave Davis, Art on the Corner has become a cultural icon in Downtown Grand Junction. The program has been recognized and mimicked in communities across the world and is currently celebrating its 32nd year. Car Part aRT Program: With the tremendous success of the aRT mural program on the Riverfront Trail in 2016, the Downtown Art Festival committee committee pursued expanding to the downtown parking garage and Car Park aRT was born. Car Park aRT brings color and vibrancy to the barren south facing concrete wall. Pedestrians enjoy these colorful murals as they access the breezeway between the parking garage and Main Street.

    Friday, October 27, 2—3:30pm
    Departing and Returning to Two Rivers Convention Center

    Minimum No.: 5
    Maximum No.: 10
    Cost: Free

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  5. Find Your Own Adventure in Our National Conservation Areas

    Hike through beautiful red-rock canyon country on a series of “front-country” trails in the Devil’s Canyon area near the gateway community of Fruita. In addition to a fun hike in beautiful fall weather, you’ll have a chance to talk with the area’s managers and reps of the non-profit partner association about the “backyard to backcountry” recreation brand, the approach to managing a recreation area and wilderness in close proximity to urban populations, how citizen conservation groups help conserve the area, the challenges of managing trail systems in fragile desert environments, and the opportunities presented by National Conservation Areas, which allow for adventure and self-guided exploration. Expect a hike of about 3 to 4 miles in the Devil’s Canyon area.

    Friday, October 27, 2pm (plan for a 2-hour hike)
    Meet at the Devil’s Canyon trailhead off Kings View Road.

    Minimum No.: None
    Maximum No.: None
    Cost: Free

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  6. Ride Like a Local: Free Fruita Mountain Biking Tour

    Come ride with Fruita’s City Manager and City Councilor to experience why Fruita is one of the best mountain-biking spots in the world! Ride with us on this free, guided mountain bike tour at Kokopelli Trail Head or 18 Road Trail (trail will be chosen based on weather conditions). During the ride, you’ll see sweeping landscape and mountain views you can’t get anywhere else.
    Bring your mountain bike along, or rent one at a discounted rate through Colorado Backcountry Biker.
    Hungry after the ride? Join us at the Hot Tomato in down Fruita when you return for the best pizza around. Dinner is optional.

    Friday, October 27, 2:30—5pm
    Riders and their bikes should meet at Colorado Backcountry Biker (150 S. Park Square, Fruita). Shuttles will take everyone to the trail and back to the store. Please arrive early if you need to rent a bike.

    Minimum No.: 1
    Maximum No.: 7
    Cost: Free (unless renting a bike)

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