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Things to do and see in Grand Junction, Colorado

Mostly outdoor recreation related.

Grand Junction and the surrounding areas are a paradise for outdoor recreation, with desert, mountains, rivers, and endless miles of public lands, Grand Junction is a central hub for 4 seasons of outdoor recreation.

In Grand Junction

There is the Colorado River and Colorado River Trail system which follows the Colorado River for miles. The trail is good for walking and riding and very scenic along the banks of the Colorado. There is hunting near the Colorado river. Small boats can be launched in to the river including kayaks where it is possible to paddle upstream in the calm waters near town. There is the Tabeguache Trail system, only 5 miles from downtown Grand Junction off Monument Road near the Redlands area. There is an OHV area off at the north end of 29 road, just follow 29 road over the I-70 and head east on the frontage road to the BLM area entrance. There is more OHV area down 27 1/4 road along with a separate pistol and rifle range. Grand Junction also has a large adult softball league with all levels of competition at Canyon View park in northwest Grand Junction. There are 6 golf courses in the Grand Junction area. Dining can be found in downtown, there is the Mesa mall at the west end of town.

Nearby Grand Junction

There is more OHV land down 21 road. There is a mountain bike/hiking trail system along with free camping at the end of 18 road in Fruita with many popular mountain bike rides. Further west near Loma is the Kokopelli trail system which is great for mountain biking and hiking and has trails that go all the way to Moab, from Moab there is another trail that goes to Durango, CO. There are mountain biking trails near Glade Park, and lots of OHV, hiking and biking areas between Gateway and Moab. There is the Grand Mesa offering winter recreation at Powderhorn ski resort as well as summer recreation such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing in over 200 pristine mountain lakes. Further west are the mountain resort towns of Glenwood Springs, Vail, Aspen, Snowmass, etc. To the South about 60 miles is Montrose and further south are more mountain towns Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride and Durango further South. The drive from Grand Junction to Durango is an adventure in itself offering unbelievable scenic views and high mountain passes to nearly 11,000 feet at Molas pass summit. There is even a dinosaur museum in Fruita.

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