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

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

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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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Day 1
Activity

Grand Mesa - Scenic and Historic Byway

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The byway climbs through Plateau Creek to cool evergreen forests. Read More
Lunch

Mesa Lakes Lodge

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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. Read More
Activity

Fishing in Jumbo, Mesa Lake and Waterdog Reservoirs

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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.

Dine, Dance & Sleep at Alexander Lake Lodge

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The perfect place to settle for the night, this lodge in Cedaredge is your one-stop shop for the evening's activities.
Day 2
Breakfast

Breakfast at the Lodge

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

Hike Crag Crest National Recreation Trail

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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.
Lunch

Grand Mesa Lodge

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Be at the center of it all on the Grand Mesa. Enjoy the scenery any time of the year. Lodging and dining right on Island Lake, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and more.

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Hike Land O' Lakes Trail

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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

R J's Steakhouse

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"Worth the ride" We pride ourselves in serving YOU in Cedaredge / Delta County! Call for reservations! Read More

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Stick Around R J's: Hang out for some post-meal live music and entertainment before heading back to your lodging.
Lodging

Alexander Lake Lodge

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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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Day 3
Activity

Guided SUP Tour at Alexander Lake Lodge

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

Mesa Lakes Lodge

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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. Read More
Activity

Mountain Bike the Mesa Top Trail

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

Back to the Lodge

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Settle in for dinner, dessert and a cozy campfire in your cabin.