20 Things To Do In Grand Junction, Colorado From a Native

I've lived in Grand Junction, Colorado my entire life. I figured since I'll be leaving within the next month for the Denver area I should put together a list of all the things that are truly "Junction." There are way more then 20 items but these are my top 20. I'm going to be treating this like a bucket list of sorts of things to do before I leave!

1. Go to every winery in Pali and stock up on bottles. Probably a 2 day thing. 🍷 
  Seriously, check out all the details about Wine Country Colorado here.

I'll definitely be back every September for the Winefest in Palisade. We had a lot of fun last year!

2. Go on a weekend camping trip on the Mesa and make breakfast over the fire. ⛺

3. Hike Mt Garfield, finally. It really is quite the feat. To get a better idea of it check it out here! It's hiking 2,000 feet up to the top of this bad boy. Not in the snow, I just thought that picture was pretty.

4. Hike Devils Kitchen. It's this really interesting and awesome outcropping on the Colorado National Monument. It's not too hard of a hike and it is very very pretty. You can climb all around the "Kitchen" and get some great vantage points.

5. Hike the Palisade Rim trail. There's Petroglyphs. Which is pretty rad. Brennan and I did this one not to long ago, here's a picture of him looking all handsome on top of the mountain.

6. Take a picture on the Colorado National Monument. I mean seriously. Look at it.

7. Do a nice lazy day river float down the Colorado River and drink a beer.

8. Go to the delicious Nepal restaurant downtown. There's no great pictures online but I will get one when I go to mark it off my list! They have an awesome lunch buffet, vegan options, and AMAZING chai! You can always check out their menu here.

9. Spend a morning people watching at Main Street Bagels. It's totally delicious. They have more then bagels, also. They have amazing lunch and sandwich options, coffees, teas, and other artisan baked goods. See all their options before you head in here.

10. Go to Quincys for the hell of it. Quincy's is the dive bar in town that is one of the most fun spots to go! Not classy, but a lot of fun!

11. Bike 🚲 part of the Colorado River Front trail.

12. Hike to Independence Monument.

13. Go to Hot Tomato and have pizza and beer with friends.

14. Go to Kannah Creek for beer and libations! Actually, that's where my going away party is going to be so, that's pretty cool.

15. Patio evening at the Ale House with friends. This one is a must do! I will probably check it off multiple times before I go! They have great beer from the area and also from Breckenridge Brewery. They always have live music playing and they have an amazing patio and outdoor area that is perfect for lazy summer afternoons drinking and spending time with friends.

16. Go to the Avalon for a movie. 🎭 

17. Hike Hanging Lake. It's an amazing 2.8 mile hike in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. It's gorgeous. You always see proposals, photos, and families on the trail. It is really popular too. Probably for it's stunning views!

18. Food truck Friday! Did it! This is a fun event that the city does during the summer. If you're new to the area or just like Food Trucks, this is a great place to go to get all sorts of different options! They also always have live music and tons of options. Plan for the evening though! Junctionities always turn up in droves for this one! See all the locations and trucks by checking out the Food Truck site here!

19. Peach Street Distillers. AKA "The Still" to locals. An amazing and delicious distillery that features their own vodka, gin, and tequila! It is so delicious! Be warned though. That stuff is strong! I taught at the high school down the street and it was a favorite spot to head after a long day with students. Here is their website with all the delicious options!

20. Just across the parking lot from Peach Street Distillers is the Palisade Brewery. Best known for their delicious beer the Dirty Hippie, they have a wide variety of beers available all brewed locally! Totally delicious. They also have some great bar food if you happened to have hit it a little hard at the Still before heading over. Here is the link to all of their different options and strategies. Be sure to stop there and get the sampler! I'll be getting one before I go... or two. What's counting anyway? It's a bucket list!

There's a lot of things on this list that are going to be so awesome! I don't have much time left so I better get after it! I'll do blog posts along the way as I knock things off!

What are you most looking forward to seeing? Share in the comments below!

1 comment

  1. Those all look like so much fun! If I lived closer I'd definitely join you as you crossed some of those items off your list...especially #1 (yay wine!).


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