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Collbran Ranger District- The Collbran Ranger District encompasses the northern half of the Grand Mesa National Forest.
Colorado National Monument- Sheer-walled canyons, towering red sandstone monoliths, plentiful wildlife, dinosaur fossils, and remains of prehistoric Indian cultures reflect the environment and history of this colorful sandstone country in western Colorado.
Colorado River- Although normally thought of as a destination for whitewater sport, the Colorado River can have exeptional fishing, and gets relatively little pressure.
Grand Junction Ranger District- The Grand Junction Ranger District encompasses the southern half of the Grand Mesa and the northern end of the Uncompahgre Plateau. It is located to the south and east of Grand Junction, around Delta and Cedaredge.

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Ute Canyon, Colorado National Monument
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Ute Canyon, Colorado National Monument
Description - Most visitors to the Grand Junction area are drawn there because of the limitless outdoor activities. This small city (population 30,000) also harbors a variety of cultural attractions. The Museum of Western Colorado incorporates geological, cultural and natural history into its exhibits. Additional cultural attractions include the Devil's Canyon Science and Learning Center and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

Visitors interested in geology will enjoy the redrock formations of the Book Cliffs, that dominate the northeastern landscape of Grand Junction. Southeast of the city is Grand Mesa the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

Recreation - Grand Junction lies at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers. (During the settlement period of this region the upper Colorado River was called the Grand River, hence the name of the community.) The junction of these rivers and the sandstone formations created by them provide varied recreation opportunities. Biking, hiking, fishing, rafting, kayaking, camping, horseback riding and motorcycling may be enjoyed in the Grand Valley.

Climate - Grand Junctions climate is balmy compared to the mountainous central regions of the state. The low elevation, 4,590 feet, allows for warm air temperatures, which combined with the dry climate, create mostly sunny and warm days throughout the year. The summer temperatures can be brutal; reaching the mid-nineties frequently. Winter temperatures are usually mild, but occasional cold weather and snowstorms do occur.

Location - Grand Junction lies a short distance east of the Utah/Colorado border in the southern half of Colorado. Highway 70, the major transportation route in the area, leads east to Denver and west to Utah from the area. Highway 50 comes into the city from the east and connects Grand Junction with Montrose, Delta and Gunnison.


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Report: great time there. The Nepal restaurant was great and we eat East Indian food often in Seatttle. The climate is incredible. That town is going to really boom in the next decade. Good investments in real estate.After looking in Arizona and Utah ,this is a great place for a second home. It just needs a few trendy boutique, espresso,and gardening spots.

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Contact Information:
Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau , Grand Junction, CO, , Phone: 800-962-2547

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.

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Colorado Tourism Website - Official website of the Colorado Tourism Office.
Discover the Real West - This site provides all types of information, including current weather, recreation, lodging, etc., for many communities on Colorado's western slope.
Grandjunction.com - Additional information for Grand Junction

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