Winter Wonderland: Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado provides a truly unique winter vacation experience. Travelers can enjoy a two-helmet day that includes year-round high desert adventures coupled with nearby on-the-snow activities. Visitors can hit Powderhorn Ski Resort on the edge of the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-top mountain in the morning and schedule a winter tee time in the afternoon. Grand Junction boasts four year-round golf courses to enjoy beer, birdies, and sunshine.
Both Tiara Rado and The Redlands Mesa Golf Course have breathtaking views of the Colorado National Monument accompanied by rolling terrain and fresh mountain air. Other winter adventures include three networks of cross-country ski trails on Grand Mesa, snowmobiling through 800-square-miles of the Grand Mesa National Forest or ice skating one of the numerous natural lakes in the Grand Junction area. Try out Mack Mesa Lake on the grand Mesa or head down to Connected Lakes where you can find local kids playing pond hockey. Outside of Grand Junction you can find a collection of 35 natural arches tucked away in Rattlesnake Canyon. These soaring spans, protected in the 123,400-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, form the world’s second largest concentration of arches outside of Utah’s Arches National Park. The Rattlesnake Canyon Arches are one of Colorado’s most spectacular wonders, but also one of its best-kept secrets.
Winter is a beautiful time to explore the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Preserve that encompasses more than 30,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus, and is home roughly 100 wild mustangs. For a place to stay, Hotel Maverick is one of the newer hotels in the area, located on the breathtaking campus of Colorado Mesa University. The brand NEW Camp Eddy is the premier place to stay, relax, and explore Grand Junction. Located on the banks of the Colorado River, stay in their renovated and stylish airstreams and tiny homes, or park your rig in one of their RV Sites with full hook-ups.
Opening in late-2023, El Jet’s Cantina® + Sky Outpost® "Born in Baja", will be a multi-acre indoor/outdoor cantina and lodging development that will also offer camping in tiny homes, Airstreams and campsites right near downtown Grand Junction. When not playing outside, Downtown Grand Junction is home to several new notable restaurants, breweries and cocktail lounges. This is also a region known for wineries against the backdrop of the beautiful Grand Mesa.
Photos Courtesy of Visit Grand Junction