If the upcoming holidays provide the opportunity for a little downtime, make the most of it with a hike up Mt. Garfield. Don't let the winter weather dissuade you. If you do make the hike, though, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Snow is on the way. Grand Junction can expect snow this Thursday and Friday. I believe you'll find many popular Western Colorado hiking trails are considerably more fun in winter weather. One such hike would be the Old Kiln Trail.