Grand Junction Travel Guide

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Grand Junction Things to Do

  • McInnis CAnyons-Black Ridge CAnyons

    I started to drive into the BLM administered area, but back out after a short distance. There are roads that are not very good, and looked like they were getting worse as distance went on. So, I walked in a ways, but not enough to see the sites in the interior about 3 miles. These are rugged and remote parks that are not inviting to most people....

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  • Rock Formations-Colors in the Ara

    There is a varied and mixed setting of the type of mountains/hills/bluffs around and close to town. Below are some of those.

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  • Old Motels

    There are a string of old motels where the strip used to be on north Street for tourists to come and stay. A lot, if not all have survived yet, even though some may be long term stay for migrant workers and lower poverty families today. Amazingly they are still fairly well maintained, and looks like they want to compete with the chains. The...

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Grand Junction Restaurants

  • Knock Out Italian!

    Located more near the Highway than downtown we decided to have Italian food as it was near the hotel. This restaurant was a real surprise....They had some great food, including mussels from Australia! Remember this city is located hours from Denver!The waiters are dresssed nicely, this is not a greasy spoon. Everything is clean and tidy with nice...

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  • Good for what ales you

    We had a good time at this place on the 2004 trip and were pleased to find it still going strong in 2011. It's a biggish establishment with a dignified pool room, bar, open dining areas and patio, and was teeming with locals on both of our visits. In the warmer months that patio is the star: part covered, part open to the sun, and bordered by a...

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  • It's a bar that has a restaurant in it

    I live in GJ and believe me, Garfield's is not known for its great food. The place is located in a small shopping center near a Safeway we frequent. The decor inside is somewhat upscale by local standards and it might be a place for a special dinner or luncheon. We visited once and were not at all impressed by the service or food quality. When you...

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Grand Junction Nightlife

  • Downtown

    Head Downtown - there is a establishment for everyone. Many locally owned bars and clubs. Rockslide - great bar with great food - brewery. Smoke freeMesa Theatre - live music - very fun.Blue Moon - another good bar with good food.Sports Page - pub food good hang outMany more...

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  • beers in a row

    I don't like it when they give me a list of beers. I like the bars that line the bottles up in a row so I can just look and tell what they have."A Red Stripe please," I asked."Sorry, we are out of that," replied the barkeep."Ummmm," I stared at my options a little longer, "I guess a Rolling Rock please."I just had a couple of beers but the food...

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  • Grand Junction really isn't a...

    Grand Junction really isn't a happening place unless you are in the college scene. However, there are some nightclubs, one is Mesa Theater. This is an okay club, but I suggest that you leave before closing unless you want to be stuck in a Riot. The police wait for everyone to leave, and they have there dogs there as well.

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Grand Junction Transportation

  • Grand Junction Regional Airport

    If you're traveling to western Colorado or eastern Utah, this is the closest port to fly into. It's a really sweet little operation that serves short jumps to/from major hubs in Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and LA - but not all of them on any given day. We've flown in from Minneapolis via both Denver and Phoenix...

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  • Greyhound Bus

    There is a terminal in Grand Junction and believe it is used a lot by locals. They are used to taking a bus rather than the cost of flying, and it is more easily affordable. The location is by the Museum of the West, across the street on Ute at 5th St

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  • Grand Junction Airport

    I did not come here view plane, but the convenience to do so, and maybe stage a trip form here saves many hours and miles form where you may come from. It is in the middle of a lot of parks, and middle of nowhere else to fly into. Denver is 250 miles away. The airport looks to be expanded and brand new.

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Grand Junction Shopping

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    by BruceDunning Written Oct 11, 2009

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    There is not special shop-instead it is pleasing to me to see locals making a living having a store to promote their goods to the public. No large chain stores are downtown, and the mMesa Mall about 2-3 miles away seems not to hurt trade much, if at all.

    What to buy: Anything you desire

    Retail shop in town Shop in quite are of town
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Grand Junction Local Customs

  • Ball Fruit

    If you show up in late summer, make sure to visit Orchard Mesa and buy some peaches. This fruit stand is Ernest and Ruth Ball's on G Road in Palisaide... just outside Grand Junction actually. The peaches are so pretty. One of the attached images is digitally alterred.

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  • Buying Peaches From the Orchard

    When my grandmother lived in Grand Junction, she lived on Orchard Mesa. Not too far from her house there was a peach orchard where you could go buy fruit in large quantity.

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  • Making Peach Preserves

    Making your own canned fruit is not only cost effecient, it tastes better. Here is my grandma trying to show me how to can peaches.

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Grand Junction Warnings and Dangers

  • A Long Way for Gas & Food

    There is such a long distance between the towns that you need to plan ahead. The next stop after Grand Junction going west is Green River, about 75 miles, and after that the next west stop is 110 miles.

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  • ATV's and Motor Bikes are DAmaging

    Unfortunately, in my opinion, there is too much allowance of ATV and motor bikes use around here. It ends up that many riders go where they are not allowed, or should not, in spite of even some warnings not to venture in eoc sensitive areas. Even though there seems to be so much land, and unused, it still is an eco sensitive geology area, and any...

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Grand Junction Tourist Traps

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    by masalazarcmc Written Oct 4, 2002

    The Colorado Mountain National Monument. Everyone and there dog visit the Monument in the summer. The best time is to go anytime other then summer. The fall is nice, and spring. Grand Junction area really isn't know for there snow, so even the winter is a good time. It is also free during the winter. hehe!

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Grand Junction What to Pack

  • by mmspooner Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan on any outdoor activities - plan on using a backpack.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable hiking shoes, tear-away pants (to protect your legs, but be able to tear away if it gets too hot), rain panchos, sunglasses

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip balm, first aid kit, *sunscreen!!*, moisturizing lotion, *insect repellant!!* (this is more for the Grand Mesa which has an incredible Mosquito population in summer months), your standard toiletries and other medical needs..

    Photo Equipment: Bring extra batteries for your gear if you think you'll need them.. Photography places are hard to come by (Gene Taylors Sporting Goods would be a recommendation).. While Gene Taylors has a vast supply of unique and specialized film equipment, they can be a bit pricey - so plan accordingly..

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen!! Also - Colorado is filled with various wildlife.. It would be a good idea to keep a can of bear repellant or at least some pepperspray just to be safe.. Cellular phone service is not always available, especially in many of the outlying, rural areas of western Colorado - so let people know where you're going to be travelling.. Abide by the current fire laws when building camp-fires..

    Miscellaneous: Portable handheld GPS units are incredibly valuable if you plan on doing any hiking off many of the beaten paths.. Plan on toting at least an extra days worth of food or water for every day of your hike.. This may seem a bit over-protective, but every year we hear about how people have become lost and stranded in our public lands -- plan ahead!!

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Grand Junction Off The Beaten Path

  • Green River-Crstal Geyser

    This cold water geyser is located about 9 miles south of town and you go through the old Government missile testing site to get to it. The trip is fascinating, and the geyser spews out every 12-16 hours. I did not wait around that long to find out. I did see a trickle of adjacent water coming out of the ground; not a geyser, though. The travertine...

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  • Green River-Fossil Point

    There are a lot of roads that branch off of the main road in town. They all led to the out country and it is rugged, rough, and bumpy in many areas. It is really called a desert in this part of Utah, and is dry to prove it, except for along the Green River running through town and beyond. Fossil Point is about 13 miles south of town, and located in...

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  • San Rafael Swell

    This is the last of an untapped area of the US. It still has many ares that have not been thoroughly explored. Around it, are some designated places to see. It is called Castle Country and has high peaks that get snow in winter, and desert badlands that really are bad to travel in some places. The "swell" coinnotation comes form when the earth...

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Grand Junction Sports & Outdoors

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    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    I learned during my delivery to the Grand Junction Sam's Club, that this store had an excellent selection of canoes and rafting supplies. The image of the store below is a mountaineering store downtown that provides supplies for hikers and any of the sports associated with the outdoors in this region. There's also a good bicycle store down the street.

    Mountaineering Store in Grand Junction, CO Bicycle Shop in Grand Junction, CO
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Grand Junction Favorites

  • Visitor Center

    Located on Horizon Dr-7th St in the north sector, it is new and perched on top of a hill, on the east side of street. The greeters are over friendly and helpful to a point that if you listen to them long enough, you will have no time to tour. The intentions are well received, though

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  • So many to name, but the...

    So many to name, but the Colorado National Monument is very inspiring for these parts.. Not on the same order as the Grand Canyon, but unique in its own right.. The Grand Mesa is gorgeous, the wineries, the Colorado River, biking... I could ramble on and on... The sunsets, the rides along the Colorado River, the drive across the Grand Mesa in...

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  • When you visit, and you are a...

    When you visit, and you are a mountain biker. You must visit the Colorado National Monument's Devils Kichen. Even though you don't here to much about Grand Junstion, Fruita, area mountain biking. It is in my opion much better, and less crowded then are rival city Moab, Utah. Eventhough, I dislike Grand Junction. I keep going back because something...

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