Grand Junction Colorado is a small town on the western side of the Rocky Mountains. The area is popular for its unique flat-topped mountains and endless biking trails. There are several wineries as well as a vibrant downtown. I fell in love with the city and was surprised with everything it has to offer.
GRAND JUNCTION LANDSCAPE
Grand Junction is home to the Colorado National Monument, a collection of unique canyons and mesas. To the southeast is Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-topped mountain. They are especially beautiful as the sun sets.
The city is popular for mountain bikers due to the many biking trails in the area. The Kokopelli trail leads all the way to Moab, Utah. On one of my free afternoons, I rented a bike and explored a trail along the river.
DOWNTOWN GRAND JUNCTION
The downtown strip is where much of the action takes place. Sidewalks are filled with interesting sculptures by local artists.
The Avalon Theater sits at the end of the downtown. Built in 1923, the theater is still in operation. Offerings range from foreign films, lecture series, and variety shows throughout the year.
While I was in town, I was lucky to catch the farmer’s market. Every Thursday evening from 5:30pm-8:30pm (from June – September) the main street is closed to traffic. The market showcases fresh foods, local goods, and live musical performances.
I was so surprised by how great the food was in Grand Junction! My favorite spot was Cafe Sol. I ate lunch there all 3 days! They have fresh sandwiches, salads, and amazing soups. Seriously, I would go back to Grand Junction just to eat here. Seriously!
The locals are so friendly. They often stopped to chat as I walked through the streets. I enjoyed my time in Grand Junction. Although I went for business, I would recommend visiting for fun.