In most places across the country the signs of spring include robins, flowers, or April showers, but we are unique in Western Colorado. Here are the Top 5 signs of spring in Grand Junction.

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  • 5

    Rodeos are back

    The return of horses, cattle, bulls, riding and roping pop up when spring arrives in Grand Junction. The first big event of the year is the CMU Invitational Rodeo at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The Mesa County Sheriff's Posse has events at their location too.

    Tom Freimann
  • 4

    Detours Are Back

    When driving through the rural parts north of downtown, the orange barricades are back. They are usually accompanied by the sign that reads "Bridge Out". The detours are about 3 miles long, as you have to drive one mile down, one mile across and then one mile back to the road you were on. Here is a list of public works projects in Grand Junction.

    Tom Freimann
  • 3

    The Canals Are Full Again

    With Spring, the canals around Grand Junction are flowing once again ready to water the plants and grass through out the city that are waking up from winter. While they can look inviting to kids and pets to splash in and cool off, they are very dangerous as the waters are deep, fast flowing, full of debris and there is no clearance under bridges and viaducts. Please teach your children and pets to stay out of them. Here are some tips to help you out.

    Tom Freimann
  • 4

    Trash Fills The Streets

    Spring is the time for Spring Cleaning, and the city of Grand Junction is having their annual Bulk Spring Clean Up weeks. For those living north of North Avenue, they will pick up the week of April 14th, south of North Avenue including the Redlands and Orchard Mesa will be picked up the week of April 21st. Once the have picked up in your area, they will not come back, so have all your items out early. Here is the list of items that you cannot leave out on the curb and must take to the landfill.

    Tom Freimann
  • 5

    The Motorcycle Cops Are Out

    As the temperatures rise, the Grand Junction Police Motorcycle Officers stop moping around and bring out the BMWs to ride the streets again. This is the time of year when everyone needs to take the extra look as you change lanes and speed through intersections to watch out for all motorcycles and bicycles on the streets of town.

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