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Vacation in Grand Junction - Colorado


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Area Overview

Nestled near 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs, Grand Junction is the largest city in western Colorado. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and biking. Boasting more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction recently was named one of the eight sunniest cities in the United States by TourismReview.com. Among Grand Junction's spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain, the Colorado National Monument, Bookcliff Wild Horse Area, two national scenic byways and five golf courses. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond. The area also is home to Colorado's wine country, with nearly 30 vineyards and wineries, 22 of which have tasting rooms open year-round.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













Discover the wealth of adventures available around the Grand Junction area. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking (mountain and road biking), rafting, golfing, fishing and wine tasting are all popular activities. The area beckons enthusiasts to hike its mesas, bike its expansive selection of mountain bike trails and fish or float along its flowing rivers. And with thousands of rock formations near town, Grand Junction has become a climber's paradise.

Cultural Activities





In Downtown Grand Junction visitors will find plenty of opportunities to soak up culture at attractions such as the Avalon Theatre, the Museum of the West and others. Plenty of opportunities exist for live music, dance, theater and more. Downtown Grand Junction also features Art on the Corner, an unique outdoor sculpture exhibit of more than 100 pieces, some of which are permanent sculpture, while others are changed annually.

Attractions






With an abundance of lush vineyards and more than 22 wineries situated in the heart of the valley, Grand Junction is known as “Colorado’s Wine Country”. Just to the west of Grand Junction, 23,000 acres of towering reddish sandstone cliffs and unusual rock formations comprise the breathtaking Colorado National Monument, which is part of the National Parks System. Positioned just east of Grand Junction is the colossal Grand Mesa, the largest flattop mountain in the world. At an elevation over 10,000 feet high, Grand Mesa stretches over 40 miles in length, encompassing a total area of approximately 500 square miles. Downtown Grand Junction is another popular destination for visitors and locals alike, featuring an array of quaint shops, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.

Transportation



Major airlines service the Grand Junction Regional Airport, with direct flights from Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix, and other major cities. Also, Amtrak’s popular California Zephyr route though the Rockies stops in Grand Junction. Multiple rental car companies are located in Grand Junction, including Action, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. In addition, the are has several taxi companies, limousine and shuttle services, and a public bus transportation system (Grand Valley Transit).

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  17.7  28.2  38.7  0.5 "
 February  24.3  35.3  46.3  0.5 "
 March  31.7  44.3  57.0  0.9 "
 April  38.7  52.0  65.3  0.9 "
 May  47.7  61.8  76.0  0.9 "
 June  56.7  72.2  87.7  0.5 "
 July  63.3  78.2  93.0  0.7 "
 August  61.3  75.7  90.0  0.9 "
 September  52.3  66.3  80.3  1.2 "
 October  40.3  53.3  66.3  1.0 "
 November  28.3  39.5  50.7  0.8 "
 December  19.3  29.5  39.7  0.6 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the low 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's.

Accommodations


With over 3,000 sleeping rooms, Grand Junction lodging options range from full-services hotels and efficient motels to cozy bed and breakfasts. It’s easy to find accommodations for every taste and price range. The Grand Mesa has many campgrounds, as do many of the state parks surrounding the area.

Costs

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