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Western Slope Explorations: Palisade, Grand Junction & Fruita

Western Slope Explorations: Palisade, Grand Junction & Fruita
3 days
This are 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.

Day 1
Activity

SunCrest Orchard Alpacas, LLC & Fiber Works

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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 where natural fibers are transformed into yarns... Read More

Lunch

Slice O’ Life Bakery

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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 with her own recipes making this one of the... Read More
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Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

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Explore the beauty of the Colorado River Basin and Plateau at the Western Colorado Botanic Gardens.  Visitors can wander through a tropical greenhouse, butterfly house, herb garden, xeric garden... Read More

Dinner

Edgewater Brewery

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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 grassy lawn.  And we can't forget about the beer... Read More

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Bananas Fun Park

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Go-Karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, Lazer Tag, Bump-N-Jumps, arcade and much more.

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Lodging

Quality Inn Grand Junction

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All non-smoking hotel! Free high-speed wireless Internet, seasonal heated pool, fitness center,  on-site restaurant, free hot breakfast. We even have a computer in the lobby for use by... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Pufferbelly Station

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Fun family environment! Everything from scratch! Best homeade cinnamon rolls around! Best prices too! Our guests are like famliy! Read More
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Children's Nature Center

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The Children's Nature Center is the only living museum within a 250-mile radius of the Grand Valley.

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Lunch

Citrola's Italian Restaurant

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Familiar dishes, including brick-oven pies, served in a relaxed setting with a full bar. Read More
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Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo

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Moon Farm has a legacy in Western Colorado spanning five decades, inspiring imagination in kids and adults for generations. It features a petting zoo, special collections, and much more. Explore... Read More
Dinner

Palisade Brewing Company

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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.

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Activity

JR's Carriage Service Winery Tours

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JR's Carriage Service provides a variety of tour options, including horse-drawn wine tours, pub crawls, sunset tours, orchard & fruit stand tours, & downtown historical tours. Enjoy the heart of... Read More
Lodging

Wine Country Inn

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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 dozen more. The Inn, Colorado's first wine... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe

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We offer high quality organic coffee with a full espresso bar. Breakfast, lunch and Baked goods Read More
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McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, BLM

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Black Ridge Canyons, which contains 7 major canyon systems within McInnis Canyons NCA, provides backpacking, primitive camping, horseback riding and hunting. Hikers will enjoy views of red-rock... Read More

Lunch

Hot Tomato Pizzeria

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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. Come enjoy a great pizza and a cold beer.

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Over the Edge Sports

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Bike shop, rentals and tours. Read More
Dinner

Rib City Grill

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Barbecue ribs, chicken and beef sandwiches, full menu.

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Activity

Highline Lake State Park

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Oasis in the desert. Ideal basecamp for year-round outdoor activities. Water sports and fishing, grassy, shaded campground and picnic areas, world-class biking trails, hiking, wildlife viewing,... Read More
Lodging

Wine Country Inn

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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 dozen more. The Inn, Colorado's first wine... Read More