Grand Mesa Area - Northwest Colorado
At 10,000', Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world, rises more than a mile above the valley floor. Discover aspen and spruce groves, flowered meadows and over 200 cool clear lakes offering fantastic fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. Some lakes have boat launches and you can reach many of them from the highway. For the more adventurous, visit the lakes only accessible by four-wheel drive, foot or horseback.
Utes called this the "Home of the Departed Spirits" and they brought hostages here after the 1879 Meeker Massacre. Almost entirely within the Grand Mesa National Forest, Grand Mesa has abundant wildlife, making this a popular area for fall hunting. Elk, deer and many smaller mammals roam the alpine forest. Drive the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway and tour the changing aspen in the fall. Visit Surface Creek Valley Historical Society's Pioneer Town in Cedaredge where you can experience the American West at the turn of the century. Hikers will want to trek along the Crag Crest National Recreation Trail, a 10-mile circular trail rising from east and west trailheads. The 6.5 mile long path stretching across the top of Crag Crest is open to foot traffic only. Escape the summer heat and relax in Grand Mesa's cool mountain air. The close by West Elk Wilderness is a magnificent place for hiking and hunting. The entire area is a focal point of backroads and trails leading into the wilderness. The winter months bring many skiiers to the Powderhorn Resort only 35 miles southeast of Grand Junction.
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Near Powder Horn Ski Area & golfing at Deer Creek Village. Built in the 1890's: Cabins & B&B lodge on top of Grand Mesa, surrounded by USFS land & 350 fishable lakes. Snowmobile, from your door step.
Along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (Hwy 65); 3 miles north of Cedaredge. On-site 1950s ice cream & soda fountain. RV & Tent sites: cool mosquito-free camping. Join us in October the annual AppleFest!
Just north of Cedaredge. Cabins feature kitchens with microwave, coffee pot, cook/table-ware, fireplace & dining area. Cabins sleep 4 to 6 people. Enjoy 24/7 access to the fresh air of western Colorado!
Away from it all -- on Grand Mesa above Paonia these 4 secluded cabins are completely furnished ranch houses with the comforts of home. They rent by the week, so you can really settle into a vacation.
Cabins & motel overlook beautiful Island Lake. Open all year. In Grand Mesa National Forest. 1 hour east of Grand Junction. Boat rentals, fishing, hunting, tackle, ATV trails, hike & snowmobile rentals/tours.
On the gold medal fishing waters of the Gunnison River near the Black Canyon National Park: lodging, dinner, private river access, stocked trout ponds. Perfect for your family, wedding, retreat, or event.
We welcome families with pets and kids. Near Vega State Park in Collbran Colorado, our small cozy motel offers four rooms all are non-smoking and have satellite television. Central BBQ grill for cookouts.
FISH at over 300 LAKES. In Cedaredge, near Grand Mesa, for year around recreation. The entire property is covered by shade trees with Surface Creek meandering through it. Big rigs & hunters welcome.
A Recreation Destination in Collbran overlooking Vega Reservoir in the Grand Valley. Vacation here stress-free: Log cabins, restaurant, bar, convenience store. On-site rentals: snowmobiles, ATVs, boats.
Near Collbran, the Park's 109 campsites and 5 cabins (microwave & refrigerator) surround the lake. A great year-round destination for birding, hiking among the aspen, fishing (ice) and cross-country skiing.
An economical rental waits you high on Cedar Mesa 15 minutes from Cedaredge. Our remote yurt is well equipped with solar power, woodstove heat, hot & cold running water, a complete kitchen and 3/4 bath.
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National Parks and Monuments:
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa Scenic Byway
Grand Mesa Fishing
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Jeeping & ATV Trails in Grand Mesa Area
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