There are places in Grand Junction you can say you haven't been to and not be ashamed. Then, there are these eight which anyone who claims they're from Grand Junction should be embarrassed to admit they haven't seen.

 

  • 1

    Colorado National Monument

    This geological wonder can be seen from almost every part of the entire Grand Valley.

    It's even more spectacular up close. If you've only driven part or all of Rimrock Drive, that doesn't count.

    Only those who stop, admire the breathtaking views, and hike some trails, if able, get credit for this one.

    Robert Grant
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    Grand Mesa

    Like the Monument, you can see it from everywhere in Grand Junction.

    Plus, it's the largest flat-top mountain on the planet. Add to that around 100 lakes scattered across it and the Mesa is a must-see and experience.

    Highway 65, which takes you up and over this incredible wonder of nature, is a scenic byway for a very good reason.

    Riley
  • 3

    Colorado River Trails

    The Colorado River Trail system spans the entire valley so there's really no excuse not to have explored at least part of it.

    The trail system is well marked, mapped, mostly paved and relatively flat. It doesn't matter if you walk, bike, jog or roller-blade.

    The various sections of the trail have their own unique character and allure for those who want to enjoy some time outdoors.

    Waylon Jordan
  • 4

    JUCO

    The annual Junior College World Series is held every year at Suplizio Field starting Memorial Day weekend.

    The weather isn't too hot, the teams are top-notch, and there are enough games in the week-long tournament to leave no excuse for not attending at least one.

    Even though none of the teams are from Grand Junction, the locals always end up adopting one or more teams as hometown favorites adding to the excitement.

    (Tom Freeman)
  • 5

    Palisade Wineries

    There are a number of wineries to visit, so a winery tour is really what any self-respecting Grand Junction resident should do.

    To really understand and appreciate local viticulture you have to see it.

    If you're not a wine drinker or don't care for alcoholic beverages don't worry. There's still plenty to see and learn about this growing industry at the east end of the valley.

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  • 6

    Highline Lake

    This state park northwest of Grand Junction is great for everything from picnics, camping, boating, swimming, paddle boarding, bicycling or just relaxing.

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife calls it "an oasis in the desert... the recreation epicenter for the Grand Valley with two lakes, lush grass, trails and trees."

    Highline Lake is a weekday or weekend getaway that doesn't take a lot of time to drive to. That means less time on the road and more time for fun.

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  • 7

    Enstrom Candies

    Enstrom Candies has been in Grand Junction since 1960. The history of this famous confectionery started in 1929 when Chet and Vernie Enstrom moved to Grand Junction.

    Their almond toffee is world famous, so if you live here you have to see the place where the decadent treat and other candy is made.

    Besides being able to see toffee being made from scratch, you can shop, sample, get coffee, ice cream, and enjoy the 'just off Main Street' ambiance.

    Photo, Ed Chandler
  • 8

    Museum of the West, Dinosaur Journey and Crossroads Living History Farm

    Grand Junction is lucky to have local history so well represented in these three museums which are all part of the Museum of Western Colorado.

    It doesn't matter if you've lived here a week or all your life, you'll be fascinated by what these places offer.

    Anyone who considers themselves a true Grand Junctionite has been to all three at least once. They're the single best way to learn about and appreciate why you're living here.

    Photo, Ed Chandler