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721 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81506, United States
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Must-see towns of the Western Slope/Arkansas Valley?

by ejalvirt

We're planning a first trip to the greater Grand Junction area and are wondering what little towns in the area (within say 75 miles) are worth visiting for a day or two and why. Many thanks for your help.

RE: Must-see towns of the Western Slope/Arkansas Valley?

by Lacristina

Just came back from a trip through Utah and Colorado.

There's no reason to see Thompson Springs, Utah....BUT just north of it are the most and the best petroglyphs I have ever seen.

About 75 miles west of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 - take the exit at Thompson Springs. Follow the main road north through town (which is just a few houses). At the end of town, keep following the road and you'll come to a sign on the right that says "Sego Canyon, Indian Writings, 3 miles." Sure enough, in three miles you'll come to a picnic parking area on the left. Be sure to follow the path all the way around as there are three large areas of drawings. It is really fabulous and very well signed with great explanations of what you're seeing.

And now, you're only about a half hour from Arches National Park, to the south. It would be CRIMINAL not to see it while you're in the area.

Frankly, Moab itself isn't that charming, but if you go there (just a couple of miles from the entrance to Arches), you could drive back to Grand Junction on Colorado Highway 128 which is spectacular!!!! It follows the Colorado River and it will leave you breathless.

Of course, there's also the Rim Drive through Colorado National Monument just outside Grand Junction.


RE: Must-see towns of the Western Slope/Arkansas Valley?

by bocmaxima

There's Cisco, Utah. It's a ghost town with a good amount of buildings a few miles off of I-70 west of GJ. Several movies were filmed there: "Thelma & Louise" (not sure what part), "Vanishing Point" (the end sequence) and "Don't Come Knocking" (when he trades his boots and spurs). The road in/out follows the river and is really gorgeous. If you're headed south to Arches anyway (which, like Lacristina said, you totally should) it works as a great break from the interstate. There's nothing there though, so it's just a "on the way to something else" stop.
Although very touristy, Glenwood Springs is a beautiful town.
You could also head north to Dinosaur National Monument, which is awesome, although you again run into the problem of desolation and therefore lack of accomodations, unless you're okay with camping.
Craig is also a pretty nice town, and I personally like Rock Springs, WY if you're willing to drive that far north.
Telluride is also very cool, but that's pretty far south.
HTH

RE: Must-see towns of the Western Slope/Arkansas Valley?

by LinColorado

If I had to choose 1 place I would go to Telluride. It's the best town in Colorado. It's located in a valley surrounded by some of Colorado's most beautiful mountains. Activities include hiking (of course), renting a 4x4 to explore the surrounding area, skiing, Colorado's highest waterfall, free gondola up the mountain, etc. If you want to take a day to just drive and see some great scenery take the Telluride/Durango/Ouray loop. Along the way you can see Mesa Verde.

I also like Arches and Canyonlands area in Utah, so I ditto that.

I was a bit confused about what is the Arkansas Valley. Arkansas Valley around here usually means the Arkansas River Valley which is on the Front Range and Sawatch Range, not the Western Slope. Towns include Canon City, Salida, Buena Vista. All these are pretty scenic, but the towns are not known as "must see" towns.

RE: RE: Must-see towns of the Western Slope/Arkansas Valley?

by LinColorado

I just noticed your 75 mile limit. Telluride is about 125 miles away from Grand Junction.

RE: Must-see towns of the Western Slope/Arkansas Valley?

by WingLady

Montrose -- Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Ouray -- the "Little Switzerland" of America -- possibly the most beautiful setting in all of Colorado
Fruita -- Colorado National Monument

Did you mean the Grand Valley? The Arkansas Valley is a considerable distance from Grand Junction and the western slope in general.

Travel Tips for Grand Junction

Goblin State Park-Mushroom Rocks

by BruceDunning

This is a trip worth a side diversion because of the different type rock formations, all concentrated in a small area. It is like a once in a lifetime view; different from some others in the area. From Grand Junction you would go about 60 miles and pass Green River to exit at Hwy 24. TAke that 30 miles and turn off to go another 11 miles to the park.
You can call them hoodoos, but maybe goblins hoodoos because the shape makes some feel they look like goblins. These mushroomed shapes rocks were formed from eroded sandstone rock that was carved by water over years. Colors of red and cream colors are wonderful. The valley is 2 miles long and one mile wide. Small overall. You can walk around and into the formations in the valley of climb some other trails in the hills surrounding them.
The park was not formed until 1964, and had been a "hidden" secret since early 1900's due to the remote region. Park entry fee is $7 for the 1-2 hour viewing, but can take longer if you want some hiking. CAmping is $16 a nite. While I was there the roads were torn up for some resurfacing and grading. Overall, it was not a bad ride, though. A lot is blacktop surfaces.

Agricultural Town on the Upper Colorado River

by atufft

"The Grand River"

Until the House of Representatives officially changed its name in 1921, what is now known as the upper Colorado River had been refered to as the Grand River. Until that time, the Colorado River began at the confluence of the Green (see Green River, WY) and Grand Rivers. However, the name Grand Junction was not for this confluence, but for the confluence of the Grand and Gunnison Rivers. In any case, Grand Junction is the largest town on the western slope of the the Colorado Rockies, and is set within a wide agricultural region also known as the Grand Valley. The town is set along the river, and on the opposite bank from the town, there is a back drop of flat topped mountains or mesas. While the city is mostly engaged in agricultural commerce, it is also a center for mountaineering because it is very close to Mesa Verde and Arches National Parks. The once trashed and polluted Colorado River bank and quiet business district have been cleaned up and revitalized with an orientation toward cycling and pedestrian pleasures. At the time I arrived recently, a farmers market was the excitement of the city, with live music and local vendors selling their crafts.

"Downtown Art in Grand Junction"

Downtown Grand Junction is gifted by some venerable old brick buildings similar to that of any self-respecting town in the west, but in recent years the town has boasted having the largest collection of street art. My tips include images of many of these.

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