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  • Grand Junction, CO


    4,593 ft

    1,400 m



    (2020 United States Census Bureau)

    Average Annual High Temperature



    Average Annual Low Temperature



    Average Annual Precipitation - Rainfall

    8.67 in

    22.02 cm

    Average Annual Precipitation - Snowfall

    21.4 in

    54.36 cm



    Enjoy the wide variety of trails from the wooded Grand Mesa National Forest, to breathtaking Mt Garfield, to the majesty of the Colorado National Monument!


    Enjoy spacious greens with some of the best views in Colorado when you golf in Mesa County. The Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa & Bookcliffs form dramatic backdrops to this unique combination of untouched high desert & greenways.


    Mesa County has become a major mountain biking destination, with bikers coming from across the country to enjoy the epic trails and beautiful scenery.


    Mesa County offers amazing angling opportunities. Sitting at 10,000 ft elevation, the Grand Mesa, described as the worlds largest flattop mountain, has more than 300 lakes. Those looking to enjoy some fishing will always be able to find a beautiful place to cast a line!


    Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Excellent campsites, beautiful lakes, fun trails, wildlife, and enchanting countryside make camping in Mesa County a favorite pastime.

    Ski Powderhorn Mountain

    Tucked alongside the northern edge of beautiful Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers breathtaking views and over 1,600 acres of mountain terrain. Enjoy a stress-free, relaxing getaway.

    Canoeing & Rafting

    See the Grand Valley from a different view! Located alongside the Colorado River, the Grand Junction area allows several options for water sports. From white water rafting to stand up paddle boarding, you're sure to find a water activity to suit your taste!

    Wine Country

    Nestled between valleys and plateaus, providing excellent conditions for growing world-class wine grapes, the Grand Valley is home to more than 20 wineries and vineyards. Explore western Colorado's boutique wineries, fertile vineyards and vino-related events!

  • Annual Local Events

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    Fruita Fat Tire Festival

    May 6th - May 8th, 2022

    Started in 1995 by Troy Rarick, co-founder of a fledgling mountain biking and rafting rental store in sleepy downtown Fruita, Colorado had an idea to build a place for people to ride mountain bikes that was not Moab, Utah (no offense Moab, we love you) The goal of that first festival was a simple one:….. to bring fun friends and MTB enthusiasts to the area, celebrate the sport we love and have a killer time in the process. Fast forward 27 yrs and Fruita is now a world-renowned MTB destination and that little store, Over the Edge Sports, has grown to additional locations and is planning for more awesomeness in the years to come. The FFTF has grown right along with it, now typically featuring 50+ vendors and nearly all the major bike MFG’s in the MTB industry. The goal of the FFTF is to be an amazing but intimate weekend experience to put you and MTB Bike and Industry Companies together. Buy a pass, demo all the bikes you can handle and decide if it’s time to upgrade or maybe realize that your old bike, the one you thought was perfect for you… still is! Knowledge is power, come expand your knowledge while participating in some of that still killer fun we mentioned earlier.

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    Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

    June 3rd - June 4th, 2022

    This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken’s will to live. Events such as a 5k run, disc golf tournament, wing and peep eating contests, live music, delicious food, and artisan booths make this a weekend to remember.

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    Food Truck Fridays

    May 27th - September 9th 2022

    Mobile food courts that rotate Friday locations in downtown Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade. Enjoy delicious food from multiple food vendors offering a wide variety of options all in one place, live local music, and family fun!

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    Movies Under the Stars

    June 4th - August 13th 2021

    “Movies Under the Stars” is the major fund raiser for the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department. On summer Fridays, hundreds load up their families and drive up from Grand Junction to Glade Park, CO, to cool off and eat at the grill (only open during the movie) and watch a FREE family movie under stars that are bright and plentiful. For locals it is a place to visit with neighbors, and show support for the Fire Department by volunteering to flip burgers and brats at the grill and concession stand.

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    Country Jam USA

    June 23rd - June 25th 2022

    Country Jam is one of the largest music festivals held in western Colorado and features four days of performances by country music‘s biggest stars!

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    Downtown Farmer's Market

    June 23rd to September 8th 2022

    From 5:30-8:30pm every Thursday, The Downtown Farmers’ Market is summertime’s signature event in Grand Junction, and is a showcase of farm products from the Western Slope and around Colorado. It's a summer-long community event series drawing an estimated 5,000 visitors per week.

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    Independence Day Parade

    July 4 10:00am

    Grand Junction’s own annual downtown parade will be held on Main Street and starts at 10am! Bring the kids and enjoy the parade fun while celebrating our country’s independence! 

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    Mesa County Fair

    July 12th - July 16th 2022

    The Mesa County Fair is held each July in Grand Junction, Colorado,
    at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. Our events attract visitors from
    all over Western Colorado, Colorado, and Utah since 1887! 

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    Palisade Peach Festival

    August 12th - August 13th 2022

    The Palisade Peach Festival is one of the original agricultural festivals in Colorado honoring our rich bounty and history. It’s Peach Mania! Plenty of great food, entertainment, contests, activities for kids, and opportunities to explore Palisade via outdoor recreation. 

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    Colorado Mountain Wine Fest

    September 17th 2022

    Take in all that Colorado Winefest has to offer from food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings, educational seminars and more.
    The “Festival in the Park” takes place and is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars!

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    Parade of Lights

    December 3, 2022 5:00 - 7:00pm

    The Parade of Lights features spectacular, never-before-seen floats, performing groups, local community groups and more! Each year seems to outdo the previous year! This event will sell out! The parade starts at Belknap and Throckmorton. Get ready to be dazzled!

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    Museum of the West

    The Museum of the West offers a thousand years of history that can be experienced. “Ride” in a stagecoach, “fly” a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field or gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi. Study Ute and Fremont Rock Art, see the real firearms that outlaws used, sit in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit the Pastime saloon to experience western Americana at its best. See what our exhibits hold for you here!

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    Dinosaur Journey

    Welcome to the Museum of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, Colorado, right in the heart of dinosaur country. For more information click here

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    Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool

    This 50 meter outdoor pool features a waterslide, Splash Pad water playground, a 13' diving well with 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards, and a separate, shallow water (2' - 4') instructional tank. The pool has an extensive grass area, concession area, shade shelters, and pool deck furniture. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Click here for more information.

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    Mesa County Library

    Mesa County Libraries enrich lives and build community through opportunities to learn, discover, create and connect.

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    The Children's Nature Center

    The Children's Nature Center (CNC) is the only living museum within a 250-mile radius that exhibits exotic animals in naturalist habitats. The center hosts more than 120 unique creatures, ranging from 13-foot pythons to 1-inch-long dart frogs to lively stingrays.

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    The Fun Factory

    The Indoor Soft Playground at KidzPlex is Affordable Fun in any weather, known for its friendly staff.  ZipLine, Slide, Mountain climb, Mirror mazes, Cargo net, Tunnels, Balls and more provide hours of fun and exercise as well as social interaction!

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    Preschool Gymnastics



    Girls Gymnastics

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    Spin City


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    Get Air Silo


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    KinderMusik- KidzPlex

    Susan Rowland believes in children and she believes in music. She is excited about the way that Kindermusik brings children and music together for life. Susan grew up with music in her home and studied music throughout high school and college. Her education includes elementary education and music at Colorado Mesa State and Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Susan received her preschool/childcare director qualifications through the University of the Rockies in Denver. She has been actively involved in the care and education of young children for over 18 years.

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    Play Grounds

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    Bananas Fun Park

    Miniature Golf - Go-Karts - Inflatable Playland - Bumper Boats - Lazer Tag - Lazer Maze - Arcade

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  • Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries

    Rockslide Brewery


    Good friends and good beer.

    Colorado is one of the leading states in the revival of craft beer! Western Colorado is no different. In the Grand Valley alone we have 7+ breweries for you to choose your favorite local brew. For a complete list of Grand Junction area Breweries click here!

    Kannah Creek Brewing Company
    Peach Street Distillers


    Don't have to travel far for a fine drink!

    Looking for something different from hops and grapes? Local distilleries provide a wide variety of spirits to wet your whistle! For a complete list of Grand Junction area Distilleries click here!

    Highlands Distillery
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    Colorado Wine Country

    Over 20 wineries to explore!

    Some of Colorado's best wine can be found in the Grand Valley.

    Enjoy passing time while wine tasting and touring over 20 vineyards nestled in between the mesas and red rock cliffs of Mesa County. For a complete list of Grand Junction area Wineries click here!

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  • District 51 Schools

    Every student, every day, learning for life!

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