Grand Mesa Area - Northwest Colorado

Includes Austin, Cedaredge, Collbran, Eckert, Mesa


At 10,000', Grand Mesa is one of the largest flattop mountain in the world rising more than a mile above the valley floor and stretching over 40 miles of Colorado's landscape. The entire area is a focal point of back roads and trails leading into the wilderness. The Ute Indians called the Grand Mesa "Thunder Mountain" because of how the mesa towers over the valley 6,000' below.

View of Grand Mesa Area, Colorado, The Colorado Vacation Directory
One of the many scenic views to see
Grand Mesa, Colorado, Fall, Aspen, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Photo Courtesy of Amy Busby

Escape the summer heat and relax in Grand Mesa's cool mountain air. Hikers will want to trek along the Crag Crest National Recreation Trail, a 10-mile circle that is only open to foot traffic.

Discover over 300 lakes offering fantastic fishing. Rainbow, brook, and brown trout like to roam these waters. Some lakes have boat launches accessible via Highway 65; for the more adventurous anglers, visit one of the many lakes only accessible by 4WD vehicles/ATV, foot, or horseback.

The town of Cedaredge is a 19th-century Western village. It has a blacksmith shop, jail, saloon, schoolhouse, and a frontier museum. Experience the American West at the turn of the century. Cedaredge also hosts the annual AppleFest with activities including a scarecrow contest, wine and beer garden, the Golden Gala, and an antique tractor show.

Drive the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway and tour the changing aspen in the fall. Travel through Austin, Cedaredge, Collbran, Eckert, and Mesa to view various scenery changes; start in a desert canyon, and pass aspen foothills, lakes, alpine forests, lily ponds, and meadows bursting with wildflowers as you make your way to the top of the mesa. The byway provides many scenic overlooks to view each of these wonders.

Almost entirely within the Grand Mesa National Forest, Grand Mesa has abundant wildlife making this a popular area for fall hunting. Stay in a Cabin/Cottage, Motel/Hotel, RV Park, Lodge Room, or Tent Site.

The winter months bring many skiers to the Powderhorn Resort only 35 miles southeast of Grand Junction. The forested top of the mesa remains snowbound much later in the spring than the surrounding valleys, and is a popular location for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Annual events in the area include a sled dog race/skijoring competition, golf tournaments, the Little Britches Rodeo, and the Parade of Lights.

Grand Mesa Area is near: Aspen & Snowmass Village, Crystal River Valley, Crawford, Delta, Grand Junction & North Fork Valley

key to symbols

Featured Grand Mesa Area Businesses

Cedaredge Country Cabins  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
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!

cabins Scenic Byways 

GR Bar Ranch: Cattle - Vacation - Hunting  link to Colorado vacation
Away from it all -- secluded furnished cabins tucked in the aspens, among deer and elk on Grand Mesa, 8 miles from Paonia. GR Bar Ranch rents 4-days or weekly. Settle in at our ranch - enjoy our mountains.

cabins Scenic Byways Horseback Riding 

Grand Mesa Lodge, Snowmobile Tours & Canoe Rentals  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
Mountain cabins and lodge rooms overlook beautiful Island Lake: canoe rentals, fishing, hunting, tackle. ATV, hiking and snowmobile trails. In Grand Mesa National Forest with snowmobile rentals and tours.

cabins Fishing Winter Lodging 

Gunnison River Farms & Black Canyon Anglers  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.

cabins Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions Scenic Byways Fishing Whitewater Rafting 

Historic Alexander Lake Lodge  link to Colorado vacation
Cabins on top of Grand Mesa in Cedaredge CO, surrounded by National Forest, 350 fishable lakes. This historic lodge was built in the 1890s. Fish and boat at Alexander Lake. Snowmobile, from your door step.

cabins Scenic Byways 

Thunder Mountain Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
OPEN YEAR ROUND. Modern cabins under towering spruce trees. In Grand Mesa National Forest, overlooks trout filled lakes. Snowmobile tours!

cabins Fishing Winter Lodging 

Vega Lodge  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A Recreation Destination in Collbran view Vega Reservoir in the Grand Valley. Vacation here stress-free: SERVICES: Log cabins, restaurant, bar, convenience store. On-site rentals: snowmobiles, ATVs, boats.

cabins Fishing ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 

Vega State Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
Near Collbran, this 4 season State Park surrounds by Vega Lake. A vacation destination for birding, hiking, fishing (ice), cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Cabins - microwave, refrigerator. Campsites.

cabins Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts 

Yurt at Screwball Ranch  email this Colorado cabin
A mountain rental waits you high on Cedar Mesa, 15 minutes from Cedaredge, CO. A remote yurt: well equipped with solar power, woodstove heat, hot/cold running water, complete kitchen and 3/4 bath.

cabins ATVing and Offroading 

For more travel information contact:

Grand Mesa Area Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Colorado National Monument

Scenic Byways:
Grand Mesa Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Grand Mesa Fishing Map

Jeep & 4WD:
Grand Mesa Area Jeeping & ATV Trails

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Powderhorn Resort

Grand Mesa Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

horizontal rule

Join us on Facebook

Bookmark and Share

Places to Stay & Facility Features
Cabins & Cottages | Motels & Hotels | Lodging & Lodges | Vacation Homes | Condos, Suites & Townhomes | Bed & Breakfast | Tent Camping | RV Parks & Campgrounds | RV Sales, Service & Rentals | Romance Packages | Family Friendly | Pets Welcome | By Water | Swimming Pools | Guest Horses | Groups, Reunions & Retreats | Weddings & Elopements | Winter Lodging

Fun Things to Do
Calendars of Events | National Parks, Monuments & Historic Sites | Scenic Byways & Drives | Fishing & Fly Fishing | Hot Springs | Horse Riding | ATVing | Jeeping & 4WD | Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking | Attractions | Golfing | Restaurants & Dining | More Fun Stuff | Hunting & Land Leases | Snowmobiling | Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding | Snowshoeing | Cross - Country Skiing

A-Z Towns & Areas | Colorado Maps

Copyright by The Colorado Directory, Inc. This is a directory only; it is not and does not contain a recommendation,warranty, guaranty, inducement or endorsement of any kind. Representations herein were supplied by the individual businesses. The publisher, The Colorado Directory, Inc., does not assume any responsibility for truth, falsity or completeness of any representation made herein or any errors, changes, services rendered, or changes made in the use of this directory. This information was compiled as accurately as possible. Prices and services are frequently subject to change. Errors called to the publisher's attention will be corrected in the future. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher.