Things to See and Do in Grand Junction, Colorado

"Grand Junction Vista"
Grand Junction, located in western Colorado, offers non stop views

Are you visiting Grand Junction, CO for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in the Grand Valley.

When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to Main Street in Historic Downtown Grand Junction.

Looking for a quiet place to escape and unplug? Check out Colorado National Monument.

 Kids in Grand Junction, Colorado

"Dinosaur Journey Museum"
Save time for a visit to the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Grand Junction, Colorado

You won’t want to miss Dinosaur Journey Museum if you have kids traveling with you.

Western Colorado Food:

If you are looking for typical Grand Junction cuisine, I recommend? The Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery or il Bistro Italiano.

The best item on the menu at il Bistro Italiano, is the Homemade pastas, ranging from traditional Northern Italian lasagna to innovative Prosciutto and Avocado pasta.

Looking for inexpensive food in Grand Junction? Go to Pablo’s Pizza.

For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to The Winery Restaurant or 626 on Rood.

Go to Main Street Bagels & Bakery for a great breakfast treat or coffee.

Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub or The Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery is the spot for late night dining.

Just outside of Grand Junction, you can visit Palisade, have lunch at The Palisade Café & Grill.

 Did you know that Grand Junction, Colorado has vineyards?

"Plum Creek Winery Vineyards"
Did you know Grand Junction, Colorado has a wine region?

Seeing a lot of Colorado wines? Grand Junction is best known as Colorado Wine Country.

When you come to Grand Junction, get your picture taken at The Independence Monument Overlook at Colorado National Monument or in with your favorite piece of “Art on the Corner” in downtown Grand Junction.

The best vantage points of the Grand Valley can be seen at various lookout points within the Colorado National Monument.

In Grand Junction, outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike, bike or horseback ride on the hundreds of miles of trails available in the area.

Take advantage of five fabulous public golf courses in Grand Junction, including the #1 rated public course in Colorado, The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

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Looking for a little exercise? Walk along the Colorado Riverfront Trail.

If you are a museum lover, Grand Junction’s best museum’s are The Museum of Western Colorado or Allen Unique Autos Museum.

"Fly fishing in Grand Junction, Colorado"
Robin Smith with her 25″ trout caught at The High Lonesome Ranch in Colorado

The Daily Sentinel will keep you posted on what’s happening in Grand Junction.

You can tell a lot about Grand Junction from visiting and watching The Downtown Grand Junction Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings.

In the spring you should attend Spring Barrel Tasting.

In the summer you should attend Colorado Lavender Festival or Palisade Peach Festival.

Did you know that Grand Junction is Colorado Wine Country? Plan a visit to Grand Junction during the fall harvest and Colorado Mountain Winefest.

Come to Grand Junction for cross country skiing or snowshoeing on Grand Mesa in the winter.

Wild horses in Grand Junction, Colorado

"Little Book Cliffs Mustangs"
Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range is located just outside of Grand Junction

Check out the often over-looked Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range located just outside of Grand Junction.

What are your favorite things to do in Grand Junction?

Insider Tip:

Just outside of  Grand Junction, visit The High Lonesome Dude Ranch. The kids will love the horses, baby goat and lamb, as well a wagon ride on the property.

What are your favorite things to do in Grand Junction?

For more up-to-date happenings, follow Grand Junction on Twitter and like their page on Facebook. For all things travel related, follow Travel Expert Nancy D. Brown on Twitter.

Thanks to Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau and Colorado Tourism for assistance with this post. Top photo courtesy of Nancy D. Brown. Photo credit Dinosaur Journey Museum, Plum Creek Winery. Fish photo courtesy of Rebecca McCormick. Wild mustang photo courtesy of The High Lonesome Ranch.

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