3 Days in Grand Junction

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The largest city on Colorado's Western Slope, Grand Junction sprawls across the Grand Valley, an area of the state that packs a punch for those seeking adventure and local flavors.

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.

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Breakfast
Cafe Sol
At Cafe Sol our goal is to serve fresh, wholesome foods to customers who are searching for something unique.
Activity
Road biking at Colorado National Monument

Pack your camera and experience this quintessential Colorado tour on your bicycle. The 23-mile Rim Rock Drive stretches from one end of the monument to the other, and you can start in either Grand Junction or Fruita. Best suited for fit cyclists with some climbing experience (or at least those up for a challenge), the ride involves about 2,300 feet of climbing. From the Grand Junction side, the climb is a little tougher (over about 4 miles), whereas the climb is a bit more gradual (over 6 miles) from the Fruita side.

Lunch
Edgewater Brewery
Enjoy an All-Angus beef burger, fresh salad, or grilled chicken wrap either inside watching the brewers work or at a picnic table on the huge…
Activity
Grand Valley OHV Area

Test your ORV skills at Grand Valley OHV Area. Create your own path on a 4x4, ATV, or dirt bike. This wide-open space has hundreds of dune-like mesas to explore.

Dinner
626 On Rood - Modern American Cuisine
Much more than just a full-service restaurant, 626 on Rood offers a unique culinary discovery of modern American cuisine and fine wines from…
Activity
Road Cycle Through Colorado National Monument

Pack your camera and experience this quintessential Colorado tour on your bicycle.

Lodging
Red Bike Retreat
The Red Bike Retreat is a small collection of privately owned vacation rentals in Grand Junction. These vacation homes are fully furnished with…
Day
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Breakfast
Spoons Bistro & Bakery
At Spoons our philosophy is simple - fresh, local, from the heart. Our food not only boasts local flavor but also handmade quality. While you…
Activity
Travel Posters
Travel Posters capture the essence of Colorado's 14ers, national parks, cities and ski towns of our state's travel experience. Available at Red Rocks…
Insider's Tip
Year-Round Outdoor Fun Amid Epic Views

December through March, visit Powderhorn Mountain to ski, tube or board in view of the world's largest flat top mountain, Grand Mesa. If you're visiting during summer or fall, the Grand Mesa also has a wide array of hiking trails and campsites and more than 300 lakes for fishing.

Lunch
TacoParty
Contemporary Colorado cuisine. All of our dishes are designed to showcase the products that are available here in the grand valley from our…
Activity
Hike Devil's Kitchen

Experience the majesty of Colorado National Monument on the short Devil's Kitchen hike. Although less than a mile from the road, the shady interior of Devils Kitchen rock formation feels like a remote oasis. This moderate trail ascends a large rock slope and is hard to follow, look for cairns (rock piles) and carved steps.

Dinner
No Coast Sushi
Wild-caught fish from sustainable waters. Hormone/antibiotic-free meats. Local vegetables
Activity
Western Colorado Dragway
Beginning in April, find heart-pounding excitement 15 minutes from downtown Grand Junction at Western Colorado Dragway.
Lodging
Castle Creek Manor
Castle Creek is close to everything in the Grand Valley: hiking, biking and wineries. Horseback riding in the morning and rafting in the afternoon…
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Breakfast
Dream Cafe
Grand Junction’s newest morning cafe offers a fun and uniquely hip atmosphere with food that you have been dreaming about. Whether you choose one of…
Activity
Bill Burke's 4-Wheeling America
Get trained to ride alone or take a guided tour off-road and see the sights with Grand Junction's local experts. 
Lunch
Pablo's Pizza - Grand Junction
Pablo's Pizza Grand Junction is the original Pablo's and is situated in a historical building amidst the quaint shops, hotels and other restaurants…
Activity
Bike the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway

The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway, divided into three routes, is a favorite of automobile travelers and bicyclists from around the world. Experience the beautiful orchards, lavender gardens, world class vineyards, premium wineries and fresh farm market fruit stands along the way.

Dinner
Bin 707 Foodbar
Seasonal American Food in a casual full service setting from Local, Colorado and domestic sources. Open for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week…
Activity
Wine Tasting

Shaded by the majestic beauty of the red rock cliffs and mesas that surround Grand Junction and Palisade, the Grand Valley is home to more than 20 wineries and vineyards that serve up some of Colorado’s best wines. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy a summer afternoon wine tasting, winery tour or the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, which is held every September.

Lodging
Two Rivers Winery & Chateau
Nestled between the gateways of the Colorado National Monument is a family-operated winery. Experience wine making, luxury accommodations and…