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
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
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
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
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&
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
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
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
By Dave Kennedy
Take the environment of the island in the movie Jurassic Park, pick it up and plop it down in eastern Utah. Imagine sauropods like apatosaurus, brontosaurus and stegosaurus lumbering around on their elephant-like legs, eating the landscape and trying to stay out of the clutches of meat-eating theropods like allosaurus. Fast-forward 160 million years to today when the only evidence of these giant lifeforms lies in their fossilized bones and the tracks they left behind.
Utah has numerous places where you can view the evidence and one such place is the Dinosaur Stomping Ground located east of
By Bud Winslow
The “National” part of the name came about to distinguish this golf course from the “Adobe Creek Golf Course” in Petaluma, California.
The course in Petaluma closed on January 1 of this year, so I suppose the course in Fruita, Colorado can drop the “National” part of their name now.
Unlike Petaluma, the golf operation in Fruita is thriving again – showing strong resilience in bouncing back from the depths of the great recession that began in 2008. The course has grown from the original nine-hole course in late 1991, to 18 holes
By Tim Cooney
In the 1933 novel, “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton, the author describes a fictional Tibetan land, originally called “Shambala” whose name he changes to “Shangri-La.” Isolated from the outside world by a ring of high and rugged mountains, Shangri-La is a paradise valley with utopian overtones. The term has come into such common use that dictionaries even offer a definition of Shangri-La. It can be a “remote, usually idyllic hideaway,” or “an imaginary place where life approaches perfection.”
In our 40 years of climbing Colorado summits, we