Rainbow over a winding road in Colorado National Monument
Sunrise illuminates rocks in Colorado National Monument
Sunset over Mt. Garfield
Hikers on the Crag Crest Trail above Grand Mesa
Fall colors around a lake in Grand Mesa National Forest
Hikers in Colorado National Monument
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- Grand Junction (GJT)
Breathtaking natural beauty and noteworthy wines
Personal, Local and Inviting
The up-and-coming nature of western Colorado wine country is conducive to the independent traveler, with welcoming towns and winery owners who are the winemakers/vintners themselves, often on site to visit and tell their story.
The wineries produce a myriad of wines, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and more. You’ll also find lavender, honey and fruit wines, hard ciders, and even a late harvest ice wine. Beyond wine, Grand Junction offers local brews and spirits. Along with grapes, the Grand Valley is famous for its peaches, pears, plums, cherries and apples (famous to the point where people drive hundreds – sometimes thousands – of miles to the harvests).
Colorado National Monument
Beyond wine country, Grand Junction is an outdoor paradise. Located within the famous Grand Circle of the Southwestern United States, don’t overlook the Colorado National Monument, which is also part of the National Parks system. With its 20,500 acres (8,296 hectares) of stunning red rock canyons and a 23-mile (37 kilometer) Rim Rock Drive that takes approximately two hours to drive with stops to absorb its beauty, it creates a moment of solitude within stunning scenery that is found nowhere else on earth.
Located in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond, the area is also internationally known for its dinosaur excavation sites, exhibits, fossils and hands-on paleontological activities. At the Museum of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey, visitors can get up close with dinosaur skeletons, a working lab, and realistic robotic dinosaurs. Amateur paleontologists can even join single- and multi-day digs.
Where to Stay
At an altitude of 4,507 feet (1,373 meters) above sea level, and with more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction enjoys warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons. Major airlines serve the city’s regional airport with non-stop and direct flights from Denver, Salt Lake City and other cities throughout the United States. For travelers who prefer trains, Amtrak’s popular, scenic California Zephyr route through the Rockies stops in Grand Junction. Drive time is four hours from Denver or Salt Lake City, seven from Albuquerque, eight from Las Vegas and 10 from Phoenix.
Grand Junction welcomes visitors with a wide array of lodging options that includes over 3,000 rooms in hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns and RV campgrounds.
Extensive Event Calendar
Don't forget the events calendar! Everything from mountain biking races and marathons to the Palisade Peach Festival, Colorado Mountain Wine Festival, Spring Barrel Tastings, and more are listed in the Visitor Guide or online.