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 Art Tour

    Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and enjoy the Art on the Corner outdoor sculpture exhibit. Currently celebrating its 32nd year, Art on the Corner is a one-year exhibit with 17 new sculptures for 2016-2017 as well as 104 permanent pieces.
    Then bike 10 minutes away to nature and enjoy Art on the Riverfront Trail (aRT). Established in October of 2016, aRT is designed to transform bleak underpasses along the Riverfront Trail into vibrant, colorful artistic expressions that enhance the trail users’ experience. aRT is a fluid process with murals changing annually, bringing new and fresh designs to the Riverfront Trail. We will explore under the 5th street bridge and ride 2 minutes up the trail to Las Colonias, our newest outdoor performing arts venue.
    For those wishing to complete the bike portion, please bring your own bike. For those without a bike, a van will be available to tour the murals.

    Tour led by Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart.

    Friday, October 27, 2—4pm
    Departing and Returning to Two Rivers Convention Center

    Minimum No.: 5
    Maximum No.: 15
    Cost: Free

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  4. 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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  5. 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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