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The Grand Mesa: Grand Junction’s Winter Wonderland

It’s winter in Grand Junction and some of us want some snow — which doesn’t stick around the Valley for too long. Good news for those who dislike snow, bad news for snow lovers! Don’t fret snow lovers, we have some great snow just a short trip away.

The Grand Mesa is one of Grand Junction and the Western Slope’s killer features that offers some awesome activities — especially during the winter! We’re not talking about just skiing and snowboarding, there’s all these other rad activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Sledding at Old Powderhorn

Sledding at Old Powderhorn
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Known by locals as “Old Powderhorn,” the old Mesa Creek Ski Area just off the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is a great place to go sledding. About three miles past Powderhorn Ski Resort on the south side of the road you’ll see the parking area — head up the trailhead and watch out for trees on the way down. Might as well take a lunch, some snacks and enjoy the day with the family.

Snowmobiling on Grand Mesa

Snowmobiling on Grand Mesa
Lilliana Maya, Flickr

The Grand Mesa has nearly 200 miles of snowmobile trails, from the laid-back Land’s End loop to some more experienced climbs. Don’t have your own sled? You can find rentals and guides at Grand Mesa Lodge in Cedaredge, Mesa Lakes Resorts or Thunder Mountain Lodge in Cedaredge.

Ice Fishing Mesa Lakes

Ice Fishing Mesa Lakes
B0nes, Flickr

Ice fishing has been gaining popularity in Colorado and Grand Mesa is a great place to wet your line. Just a short trip up the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway and you’ll be ready to hook into some of the best brookies, rainbow, browns and cutthroat on the Western Slope.

Snowshoeing Grand Mesa Trails

Snowshoeing Grand Mesa Trails
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The Grand Mesa offers over 30 miles of groomed trails maintained by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council which include the Skyway, County Line and Ward trail systems. Skyway and County Line are both groomed for skating and traditional styles, while Ward is groomed for traditional. Don’t forget to take a trail map with you!

Grand Mesa Crosscountry Skiing

Grand Mesa Crosscountry Skiing
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Nothing beats hitting the deep snow with a pair of snowshoes and the Mesa offers miles after miles of terrain to see. According to GMNC, some of the best snowshoeing can be found at Mesa Lakes and Griffith on the Mesa County side. Other great areas include County Line and Ward areas. The GMNC does ask if you use the groomed crosscountry ski trails to be courteous to skiers.

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