Colorado’s Grand Junction *and the region around it) is flanked by the dramatic Grand Mesa and Bookcliff Mountains. Visitors flock here for wine-country tours, Palisade peach festivals, scenic drives, and hiking and biking in red-rock country.
Downtown Grand Junction — with its galleries, restaurants, public art and public places to relax — has an easy pace of life. Outside the city limits, you can day trip to Dinosaur National Monument, Moab and the Canyon Lands of Utah, Telluride, Aspen/Snowmass and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
The Grand Valley by Grand Junction is a magnet for mountain bikers and hikers of all levels. The Grand Mesa, overflowing with outdoor recreational activities, is the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Vistas are breathtaking. Canyon views along the 23-mile Rim Rock drive in the Colorado National Monument are also extraordinary. The Monument, in nearby Fruita, is under the auspices of the National Park Service.
Colorado’s Grand Junction has four golf courses including Redland Mesa, ranked Number 1 in Colorado by Golf Digest. For us, it’s among the most beautiful we’ve played … anywhere. It’s a “must play” for serious golfers.
Nearby Palisade is known throughout Colorado as “Peach Country,” and everyone waits for the fall harvest. Grand Valley farmers also grow other edibles available at roadside stands.
Thirty years ago grapes were planted in the Grand Junction region, now nicknamed Colorado Wine Country. Many of the 20 vineyards offer tours, wine tastings, and participation in harvests and grape processing.
Grand Junction is approximately 250 miles west of Denver via I-70 and 40 miles from the Utah border.
Grand Junction: Red Rocks, Red Wine and Dinosaur Digging … more than hiking and scenic drives
Grand Junction is a year-round destination. If you like to hike and bike, springs summer and fall are the best times. If you’re interested in wines, the vineyards at the 20 or so wineries are flowering in the spring and the vines are heavy with growing grapes in the summertime. In the fall, when the grapes are being picked, there are festivals.
The weather often reaches the 90s in the summer, goes down to the 60s in October, and is in the 40s and the 50s in the winter.
You’ll need warm-weather clothes in the summertime, but a sweater or jacket for the evenings and exploring the surrounding mountains and the Colorado National Monument.
Grand Junction is in the Rocky Mountain Time Zone.