Wine Country Explorations: Palisade, Grand Junction & Fruita

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This area has made a name for itself as the heart of Colorado wine country. But vino is just one of the region’s great qualities. Nearby are thousands of miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, phenomenal golfing, buzz-worthy dining options, family attractions, dinosaur fossils and more.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

Be a jack-of-all-trades volunteer at Highline Lake State Park! We have a variety of areas, including a trail walker, that will benefit from a variety of skills, ages, groups and interests. Bring your skills and we will be happy to put those skills to work! Contact the park to match your skills with our opportunities.

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suncrest orchard alpacas, llc & fiber works in palisade photo
Activity
SunCrest Orchard Alpacas, LLC & Fiber Works
Located in the heart of peach and wine country is Suncrest Orchard Alpacas.  We maintain a herd of 32 alpacas and operate a full-service fibermill…
Lunch
Slice O’ Life Bakery
For the past 28 years, Mary Lincoln and Slice O’ Life Bakery have been “Baking the world better one batch at a time.” Everything is made from scratch…
Activity
Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
Explore the beauty of the Colorado River Basin and Plateau at the Western Colorado Botanic Gardens.  Visitors can wander through a tropical…
Dinner
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
Bananas Fun Park
Go-Karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, Lazer Tag, Bump-N-Jumps, arcade and much more.
Lodging
Hotel Maverick
Grand Junction's premier destination for travelers who seek an upscale, boutique — and at the same time uniquely down-to-earth — "New West"…
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Breakfast
Pufferbelly Station
Fun family environment! Everything from scratch! Best homeade cinnamon rolls around! Best prices too! Our guests are like famliy!
Activity
Palisade Cycle and Shuttle
Rapid Creek Cycles is located in downtown Palisade.  Ride to 10 wineries on the 7 mile Fruita and Wine Byway.  We are the gateway to Western…
Lunch
Citrola's Italian Restaurant
Familiar dishes, including brick-oven pies, served in a relaxed setting with a full bar.
Activity
Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo
Moon Farm has a legacy in Western Colorado spanning five decades, inspiring imagination in kids and adults for generations. It features a petting zoo…
Dinner
Palisade Brewing Company
Who says you can't make beer in wine country? We brew innovative American style beer with respect to the traditional roots of craft brewing.
Activity
JR's Carriage Service Winery Tours
JR's Carriage Service provides a variety of tour options, including horse-drawn wine tours, pub crawls, sunset tours, orchard & fruit stand tours, &…
Lodging
Wine Country Inn
An 80-room Victorian-style boutique hotel, Wine Country Inn sits in 21 acres of working vineyards, and is adjacent to two wineries and about  two…
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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
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, BLM
Black Ridge Canyons, which contains 7 major canyon systems within McInnis Canyons NCA, provides backpacking, primitive camping, horseback riding…
Lunch
The Hot Tomato
Hot Tomato is Fruita's locally owned and operated pizzeria! We hand make all our dough, cut our toppings fresh and source locally produced meats…
Activity
Highline Lake State Park
Oasis in the desert. Ideal basecamp for year-round outdoor activities. Water sports and fishing, grassy, shaded campground and picnic areas, world…
Lodging
Wine Country Inn
An 80-room Victorian-style boutique hotel, Wine Country Inn sits in 21 acres of working vineyards, and is adjacent to two wineries and about  two…