With a population of 59,000, Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado's 'Western Slope'. It is located 28 miles east of the Utah border, where the Colorado and Gunnison rivers meet; between towering rock formations and beautiful lush mountain ranges. From the natural beauty to its dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument, there are unlimited outdoor adventures available with hiking, camping or skiing on the Grand Mesa, mountain biking on world class trails, epic Class IV whitewater rafting, kayaking and fly fishing on the Colorado River, golfing at one of several courses, and wine tasting at many of the vineyards in the valley. Grand Junction is sure to have an experience for everyone to enjoy.
The Colorado National Monument is part of the national park system and is 12 minutes away. It is a spectacular area of 20,000 acres of steep-walled red rock canyons. The panoramic views of towering red rock structures are just one reason why the park is a favorite among travelers in search of Colorado's best hiking, rafting and mountain biking. Trails in the park, range from a quarter mile to more than 14 miles offering fun for hikers and bikers of all skill levels. Try an adventure to Independence Monument, Balanced Rock, the Coke Ovens and Pipe Organ to make your visit complete.
The Grand Mesa in Colorado is known as the largest flat top mountain in the world, with an area of about 500 square miles, and stretches for about 40 miles. At its highest point, it reaches an elevation of about 11,000 feet and over 300 lakes are scattered along the top of the formation. The Grand Mesa is flat in some areas but quite rugged in others. The Mesa Scenic Byway winds through 63 miles of national forest, providing beautiful views of lakes, wildlife and geological features. It is also a popular destination for fishing, hiking and more during the summer months. In the winter, Grand Mesa is home to the Powderhorn Mountain Resort represented by Colorado Vacations.
Grand Junction is one of the West's premiere whitewater rafting destinations on the rolling rapids of the Colorado River. Westwater Canyon is the area's most famous run, yet there are several other excellent rafting areas nearby. There are stretches of the river that are ideal for floating trips, canoeing and kayaking, and there are rugged stretches with Class II to Class IV rapids. You can elect to take from half day to professionally guided three day rafting expeditions arranged by Colorado Vacations.
Just 8 miles northeast of Grand Junction you will find the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and is mainly a wild horse habitat. The wild horses are most frequently spotted in the sagebrush parks that are scattered throughout the range. Hiking and horseback riding are all permitted in this area.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
|Season||December 17-March 28|
|Located||250 miles from Denver via I-70|