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Playgrounds in Grand Junction and Fruita

By Denise Hight   Not all journeys have to be out of town. The cooler temperatures of autumn make it a perfect time of year to go outside with your kids (or grandkids) and play in our local parks. The older kids are in school, so you can take the toddlers to the parks when it isn’t crowded, or take your entire family on the weekend. Over the past few months, my three-year-old granddaughter and I “tested” a few of the local parks in Grand Junction and Fruita. (I’m sorry if I missed your

Museum of the Mountain West

By Penny Stine   The weather is turning colder, so October is a great time to find something to do inside, and the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose is a perfect place to spend a fall or winter day. The museum, which obtained its 5013c status in 2005, includes a series of buildings that recreate a small western town. The museum held a contest to name the town, and Adobe Flats was born. The museum, 68169 E. Miami Road, sits on about six acres off Highway 50, two miles east of Montrose. Since 2005, when it obtained its tax-exempt status as a

The Great Solar Eclipse Of 2017 - Fun Under the Sun in Idaho and Wyoming

By Kurt Neuswanger   Every few years, an odd group of people travels the globe in pursuit of the latest Total Eclipse of the Sun. Now that I have witnessed my first total eclipse, I know why they do it. I would join them if I could. In 2014, I spent a week camping deep inside Wyoming’s Wind River Range. I vowed to return, and when I learned that the Great Eclipse of 2017 would pass directly over Wyoming, I knew where I would be. My backpacking cohort Greg Miller and I considered our options. We wanted to visit the

My Favorite Golf Courses

By Bud Winslow   I would like to give you my unabashed listing of the best golf courses in our region (meaning Western Colorado, eastern Utah, and even the Four Corners area). By “best” I mean the golf courses that are the most fun (for me) to play in this area. I am a recreational golfer, so this list is not the same ranking that a professional (or even serious) golfer would produce. Also – I am only ranking the golf courses I have played over the past 6 years of writing this column. If there is a

Using Technology as a Tool to Elevate Your Ride

By Sparky Moir Sears   Getting out for a bike ride is a wonderful way to escape what often feels like a perpetual connection to our technological world. After working in front of a computer for nine hours a day, the last thing I need to do when I step out of the office is tap into my smartphone to text, send personal emails, or check what’s new on social media. In fact, I find that my spirit is instantly lifted by getting out on my mountain bike, and by using the time riding as an opportunity to

Grand Mesa Colors

Fall has arrived which is a beautiful time to visit the Grand Mesa National Forest. This distinctive formation, with its flat top and steep cliff sides, covers hundreds of square miles. Grand Mesa boasts more than 300 stream-fed alpine lakes at elevations over 11,000 feet, not to mention enough wildlife to keep anglers, photographers, and hikers entertained for days. Grand Mesa’s history stretches back millions of years. Mesas - Spanish for “table” and named by the early Spanish explorers of the region - are created by erosion and are usually formed in dry climates, where layers of

Rattlesnake Canyon Arches - A Grand Valley Geologic Wonder

By Tim and Carrie Cooney For all of us who live or have lived here in the Grand Valley, we have come to learn that the geology of this western Colorado location contributes greatly to the uniqueness of this area. To the east rises the Grand Mesa. Often boasted as the world’s largest flat-top mountain, the basaltic cap to this mountain speaks of great geologic forces in the ancient past that shaped the landscape for miles around. On the western side of the valley, the intrusion of the precambrian rock has thrust upward multiple layers of sedimentary rocks

New Routes and a Renewed Appreciation

By Sparky Moir I’d wager that few cyclists love the insanely hot summers that we experience in Western Colorado. The heat can make riding during the afternoon nearly unbearable, and it’s tough to fit in a workout during the cooler times of the day. I’m a morning person, and can usually get a few miles under my belt before I head to the office. But on the weekends, I am much more likely to load my bike on the rack and point my car towards the mountains than I am to stick around

Riding the Rio Grande Trail

By Penny Stine  I spend most of my bicycle-riding time on the streets between my home and my office, since I have more hobbies than I do time to pursue them. Bicycle commuting gives me pedal-time without taking away from whatever other activities or chores I want to pursue on the weekend. Riding a designated bike/pedestrian trail is a treat, however, giving me a chance to ride without wondering if that car at a stop sign sees me, or trying to push myself a little harder to sail through a green light before it turns red. When the

Hiking the Unaweep Trail, Great views, cool temperatures, and rare shrubs

By Kurt Neuswanger It’s 5:45 am and I am awakened by a black tail eagerly thumping against my sleeping bag. My perpetual puppy Molly is ready to get up. The summer solstice is just days away, and the sun is already clearing the horizon. Down in the city, it is still 70 degrees. I stare at my thermometer. It is 40 wonderful cold degrees! We are camped at 9,000 feet on the western rim of the Uncompahgre Plateau. I’ve come to the plateau hoping to escape the heat and find a new hiking trail. I am immensely successful on both

McInnis Canyons: Backcountry Adventure

By Mistalynn Meyeraan, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau with help from the Bureau of Land Management & Colorado Canyons Association Dramatic canyons, colossal rock formations, gorgeous riverfront views - the great outdoors are just minutes away, and they’re open to everyone. Discover a little peace and quiet—and great adventures—in the expansive public lands of Western Colorado. For a backcountry adventure off the grid, venture out into the canyon country of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA), located just outside Grand Junction and Fruita. This NCA is part of the Bureau of Land Management&

Colorado National Monument in the Autumn

By Denise Hight The crowds of tourists have thinned out and the temperatures have dropped from their scorching summer highs. Whether you want to hike a trail, enjoy a picnic lunch, or enjoy a leisurely drive along the 23 mile Rim Rock Drive, autumn is a great time to explore Colorado National Monument. Colorado National Monument Visitor Center The Visitor Center, located four miles inside the Fruita entrance, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the 12-minute slide program, wander through the exhibit area, and browse in the gift store. The store, operated by the

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Story and photos by Dave Kennedy Lake Powell attracts a couple of million visitors to its blue waters and scenic red sandstone surroundings every year and about 100,000 of them make the trip to see Rainbow Bridge. This natural rock span, listed on Google Earth as the world’s largest natural bridge (though it is not the world’s largest natural bridge) sits in Utah in a branch of Forbidding Canyon, about 50 miles up-lake from Glen Canyon Dam.             The Natural Arch and Bridge Society has a page on

Hiking a Geologic Wonder, Upper Muley Twist Canyon Capitol Reef National Park

By Tim and Carrie Cooney             What’s so narrow and winding it could twist a mule? It’s Muley Twist Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park, or so the story goes as to how this geologic novelty received its name. Mormon pioneers from 1881 to 1884 travelled the lower portion of this canyon in wagons heading south to access San Juan County, Utah. Today, Muley Twist Canyon has been included in the southern end of the national park and both the lower and upper sections of this fantastic canyon

The Call of the Sawtooths

By Brian Wright A crisp layer of frost clung to the tent our first morning in Idaho’s Sawtooth Range. It was early September but a cold front had sent the mercury plummeting at our campsite beside Redfish Lake near the town of Stanley, Idaho. Even with an extra blanket and the added warmth provided by Otis, our rescue mutt, my wife, Ella, and I emerged from the tent blowing hot breath into our frozen palms and clamping our teeth to keep them from chattering. A shroud of fog hung over the long lake, and the granite sentinels that

Three Days Among The Indian Peaks

By Tim and Carrie Cooney   The view below us plummets away over three-thousand feet, not that we would fall that far – perhaps only a hundred or so, but any misstep or hold giving way has the potential to result in severe injury. Far below, I can see an inviting meadow we camped in a few years back, located in the remote Wheeler Basin. The tall trees surrounding it seem like small toys and the lush meadow offers a strong contrast to the rocky, narrow, near-vertical couloir that surrounds us on three sides. Would I want to be down

Hit the Trails

Grand Junction offers countless opportunities to experience the surrounding landscape via the extensive trail system throughout the valley. Positioned at the confluence of the mountains and the desert, the Grand Junction area accesses an exceptionally broad variety of hikes. As a general rule, plan to hike early in the day during the summer and fall and plan to bring plenty of your own water, as potable sources are few and far between. And, of course, bring a camera, because hikes around Grand Junction are rich with colorful human and natural history. Be sure to tag your adventures on social media

Picture yourself at your best to ride your best

By Sparky Moir   I absolutely believe that when it comes to mountain biking, we manifest the outcome. And a huge part of manifesting an outcome where we are riding successfully, and riding at our best, is picturing our selves riding there.  It’s the day before one of my enduro races and I’m standing next to my bike on the edge of a drop I’d like to tackle. It’s in a high-speed section, and there is a visually intimidating gap between the rocky takeoff and the landing quite a few

Dominguez Canyons: Solitude Even In A Crowd

By Kurt Neuswanger   A funny thing happened on the way to Dominguez Canyon. Half the Front Range beat me to it. Why? Because they’re smart people. It was Memorial Day. The weather was warm and dry. “What a great place to take the dogs for a hike!” I said. “What a great place for an early season backpack trip!” they said. And we were both right. The Dominguez Canyon trailhead on the Gunnison River is a mere half-hour drive from Grand Junction. Head south on Highway 50 for twenty miles and turn west.

Not Conquerors, Merely Survivors

By Brian Wright   The broken faces of the Maroon Bells and their sister mountain, Pyramid Peak, towered over us as we wended up the serpentine trail. It was a brisk early morning, the first glance of the sun was just edging the tips of the three 14,000-foot peaks. The skies were clear, however, and the wind was still. It seemed like a perfect day to climb one of Colorado’s most difficult and dangerous mountains.  “Where climbers fear to tread,” a sign had warned us at the trailhead. “The Deadly Bells, and their neighbor