Colorado’s Grand Junction and the region around it is flanked by the dramatic Grand Mesa and the 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 places to sit and relax has a pace of life that you can get used to quickly. Outside of the city limits, you can day trip to Dinosaur National Monument, Moab and the Canyon Lands of Utah, Telluride, Aspen 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, an area where many outdoor recreational activities are available, has been called the largest flat-top mountain in the world and provides breathtaking views. The canyon views along the 23-mile Rim Rock drive in the Colorado National Monument are also extraordinary. The Monument, in nearby Fruita, Colorado is part of the National Park Service.
Colorado’s Grand Junction has four golf courses including Redland Mesa, which has been ranked Number 1 in Colorado by Golf Digest. With us, it rates among the most beautiful we’ve played anywhere. “It’s a must play” for any serious golfer.
Nearby Palisade is known throughout Colorado as “Peach Country” and everyone waits for the fall harvest. Farmers grow other fruit and vegetables in this part of the Grand Valley, and you can pick up fresh fruit at roadside stands.
Today, the region near Grand Junction is nicknamed Colorado Wine Country. Approximately 30 years ago grapes were planted and the area now produces some good wines. You can arrange tours of many of the 20 vineyards, participate in wine tastings, and even arrange to participate in harvests and “processing” the grapes.
Here’s an itinerary for Grand Junction and Around in 3 Days. If you are only spending a day or two in this region, it’s easy to pick out the activities and adventures most appealing to you.
Grand Junction is approximately 250 miles west of Denver via I-70 and roughly 40 miles from the Utah border.
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.