Grand Junction, CO

My grandparents are getting older now, and the only rose bushes we can enjoy are in other people’s gardens. But roses, mounds of dirt, and homemade applesauce aside, Grand Junction is a lovelycity in a gorgeous setting. It makes a great destination on it’s own, or a perfect launching point into Utah (Moab and Canyonlands National Park are roughly 2 hours away).

Here are five highlights to check out:

Soak in the Views

Just miles from the city loom the red rocks and canyons of the Colorado National Monument. The classic views of the American West await with opportunities for hiking, camping, climbing, cycling, and more. The best introduction is to meander the historic Rim Rock Drive as it snakes through the park. More info in an upcoming post!

Wander Downtown

Grand Junction’s Main Street has seen a revitalization success in recent years. Mom and Pop shops sit near theaters, breweries, restaurants, a weekly farmer’s market, and more. Over 100 sculptures dot the sidewalks from the 30 year long Art on the Corner project.

Enjoy the Toffee

Known for the delicious toffee and chocolate, the long-standing family business Enstrom Candies dates back to the early 1900s. Stop by the store off Main Street for a chance to glimpse them making their famous toffee by hand.

Learn about the Past

Take the kids, or your own geeky self, to any of these museums for a quick educational afternoon. Check out fossils and bones at Dinosaur Journey, glimpse a historical farm at the beautiful Cross Orchards, or see a real stagecoach at the Museum of the West!

Taste the Bounty

The surrounding fields and orchards of Palisade and Fruita are ripe with bounty. Visitors have their pick of vineyards, fruit orchards, ranches, breweries, and cafes.

Stop by the tiny but delicious Slice O Life Bakery in downtown Palisade for peach pastries that seem plucked from a tree, made year round from Palisade-grown peaches.