Western Colorado's Grand Valley
Little Bookcliffs cut across the skyline to the northeast. To the southeast soars the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain. The photogenic canyons and monoliths of the Colorado National Monument form a western wall. In between the three natural barriers sprawls Western Colorado's Grand Valley. Cut out of the rugged terrain by the Colorado and Gunnison rivers, the valley was also one of the last locales in the lower 48 states to be settled by pioneer Americans.
Grand Junction is a thriving and growing area with lots of opportunity for both business and pleasure. Travelers can enjoy a wide range of activities from mountain biking to wine tasting, or dinosaur bone hunting to amazing photography opprtunities.
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Things To Do In Grand Junction
Incredible views await atop Mt. Garfield. The main trail is about two miles of very steep hiking, to the very point of the mountain where there’s a flag and some paper to sign your name. You can also do a little bit of an easier hike to the Lemon Squeezer, where you squeeze through a crack and arrive on a flat ledge on the top of the world.
Take a wine tasting tour
The Colorado Wine Room in Fruita is a great place to start your Colorado wine tour adventure. Here you can sample a handful of wines from the around state. The Colorado Mountain Winefest is held in Palisade annually in September. This is Colorado’s largest wine festival and offers a great opportunity to meet with winemakers and taste their vintages with beautiful late summer weather.
Nearby Palisade, Colorado wineries worth a visit include Grande River Vineyards, Colterris, La Maison Belle Vie, Carlson Vineyards. Also try Peach Street Distillers and Palisade Brewing to complete your day.
Many people don’t know but Western Colorado, the area around Grand Junction and Fruita, are a rich geographical area with an amazing paleontological history. Many pre-historic skeletons have been found in the area, including stegosaurus and brachiosaurus and more. You can go searching for bones yourself, or head to the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita. It's a great family experience as well.
Some of the best mountain bike trails in colorado are in and around Grand Junction. The views are amazing and there are trails for everyone—all skill levels can be accommodated.
Whitewater Rafting Down the Shoshone Canyon
There are great whitewater rafting trips through some incredible rapids. But don't just stop at cruising down-river in a raft. There are great kayaking opportunities, as well. Its less than an hour drive from Grand Junction, just past Glenwood Springs, and the drive itself is worth the time.