3 Days, 300 Lakes & 3 Scenic Trails on the Grand Mesa

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Northwest Colorado’s Grand Mesa is one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world, and its landscape sets it apart from much of the rest of Colorado — that so many lakes can be found so close together is a bit of an anomaly in this high-altitude state. Alexander Lake Lodge in Cedaredge is the perfect homebase for activities and exploration of the area.

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Insider's Tip
The Reel Deal

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

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Grand Mesa Scenic Byway Photo
Activity
Grand Mesa - Scenic and Historic Byway
The byway climbs through Plateau Creek to cool evergreen forests.
Lunch
Mesa Lakes Lodge
Mesa Lakes Lodge has cabin rentals and a full service restaurant. It is located on the Grand Mesa, only an hour from Grand Junction or Montrose.
Activity
Fishing in Jumbo, Mesa Lake and Waterdog Reservoirs

At 800 square miles, Colorado’s Grand Mesa is one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world, and its landscape sets it apart from much of the rest of Colorado — that so many lakes can be found so close together is a bit of an anomaly in this high-altitude.

Activity
Dine, Dance & Sleep at Alexander Lake Lodge

The perfect place to settle for the night, this lodge in Cedaredge is your one-stop shop for the evening's activities.

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2
Activity
Hike Crag Crest National Recreation Trail

The Crag Crest National Recreation Trail is a 10.3 mile circular trail consisting of a crest portion and a loop portion. It is recommended that you get an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

Insider's Tip
Breakfast at the Lodge

Stick around the lodge for your morning meal before heading out for adventure.

Lunch
Grand Mesa Lodge

Be at the center of it all on the Grand Mesa Colorado. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery any time of the year. 14 Cabins located on Island Lake…

Activity
Hike Land O' Lakes Trail

Because of the scenic view it offers, the Land Of Lakes Trail #713 is one of the most used trails on the Grand Mesa. It is a very short trail which is paved for the entire distance, making for a quick and easy hike.

Dinner
RJ's Steakhouse

RJ's Steakhouse and Red Dog Saloon is a full service restaurant located on Hwy 65 the Grand Mesa Byway, just outside of scenic Cedaredge, CO…

Activity
Stoney Mesa Winery

At Stoney Mesa Winery, wine is the product of passion and love for farming.

One of Colorado's oldest wineries, Stoney Mesa Winery was…

Lodging
Alexander Lake Lodge

With a history dating back to the mid 1890s, Alexander Lake Lodge has become of a landmark in its own right! Cabins are available for rent…

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3
Breakfast
Stacy's on Main
Visit us soon and check out our locally roasted delicious coffee, fresh baked goodies, fine art, unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry and toys.
Activity
Guided SUP Tour at Alexander Lake Lodge

Have breakfast in your cabin before heading out on a stand-up paddleboard tour on the lodge's peaceful lake.

Breakfast
Cedaredge Creekside Cafe
Cedaredge Creekside Cafe is a cozy place to eat in Cedaredge.
Activity
Mountain Bike the Mesa Top Trail

Hit the singletrack on this popular new trail, with a relatively flat elevation.

Dinner
Lost Mesa Grill
A small-town restaurant with big-time flavor serving lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast. Dishes include everything from upscale tater tots, enticing…
Insider's Tip
Back to the Lodge

Settle in for dessert and a cozy night around a campfire.

Lodging
Alexander Lake Lodge

With a history dating back to the mid 1890s, Alexander Lake Lodge has become of a landmark in its own right! Cabins are available for rent…