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The Grand Valley, located on Colorado’s western slope, is an amazing place to visit. This spectacular yet unspoiled vacation area is home to numerous recreational, sporting, and travel opportunities and is considered Colorado Wine Country.
From Dinosaurs to Wineries
Grand Junction ha a great history behind it all. The Grand Valley is a paleontologist's playground. Once home to dinosaurs, this area has the greatest diversity of prehistoric bones ever recovered. Visitors can spend a day with a real paleontologist on a dinosaur quarry expedition, then spend a day touring the many amazing wineries. The area is also home to 75 percent of the state’s wine grape acreage. The center is Palisade, on the east end of the valley, just below the majestic Grand Mesa. There are 15 wineries already in operation. Jazz concerts and wine tastings are held regularly at the wineries.
Things to Do
We love this area, and you'll soon find out why. The Bookcliffs Mountains form the northern wall of the Grand Valley and stretch well into Utah. The Wild Horse Range lies further north and is home to one of the last remaining herds in the country. Long-time residents truly covet a glimpse of even a few of these magnificent horses. The Grand Valley offers unlimited recreational opportunities, from mountain biking and fishing to rock climbing, horseback riding, and camping, while river-rafting enthusiasts and kayakers love to tackle the Colorado River. Grand Junction has five beautiful golf courses with lush green fairways and elevated tee boxes with distracting views.
On the west end of the valley, Fruita is a popular destination. In May, the town hosts the Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival, one of the largest mountain bike festivals in Colorado. Grand Junction and Fruita are popular for mountain bikers and visitors seeking to explore the Colorado National Monument.
At 10,000 feet high, Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world! Lush spruce forests and 200 stream-fed lakes provide fantastic hunting and fishing. Boating, hiking and camping are popular activities in this secluded backcountry paradise. In autumn, kaleidoscopic colors create spectacular photography opportunities.
Downtown Grand Junction is a huge attraction for visitors because of its unique charm. Visit boutiques, restaurants, galleries, antique furniture store,s and coffee shops. “Art on the Corner” is an outdoor sculpture exhibit in the award-winning Downtown Shopping Park where sculptors loan their work free of charge for one year.
The charming town of Palisade is home to world-renown fruit orchards and vegetable farms. More than a dozen varieties of peaches are grown here. Bing cherries, tomatoes, peas, green beans, apricots, plums and locally grown apples may all be purchased, in season, at dozens of roadside fruit stands. Every August, the town hosts the Palisade Peach Festival. A colorful parade, peach eating contests and live music entertain and delight visitors every year. Read additional summer vacation ideas to help you plan your trip.
Located at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, 28 miles east of the Utah border, Grand Junction is a modern oasis in the desert!
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