6 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice in the Grand Valley | RMHP Blog



Welcoming Summer in Western Colorado


This year the summer solstice falls on Thursday, June meaning it’s the longest day of the year and the first day of summer — a perfect time to celebrate. 

If you haven’t finalized your solstice plans, here are 6 ways to celebrate throughout the Grand Valley. 


1. Take a sunrise hike


On this year’s solstice, the sun will rise in Grand Junction at 5:49 a.m. If you want to greet the sun and the season, make a plan to hike one of these stunning trails in the area: 

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Your Guide to the Grand Junction Bookcliffs

Where to Hike (and Camp) in Big Dominguez Canyon

Plan Your Visit to Dinosaur National Monument 

Is there a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer? Night owls might beg to differ, so keep reading for some more suggestions that don’t require hitting the trail at 5 a.m. 


2. Cheer on the Grand Junction Rockies


The Grand Junction Rockies are kicking off the summer baseball season with a full week of home games. During the week, games will begin at 6:40 p.m. at Suplizio Field (12th Street & North Avenue in Grand Junction).

For even more fun, don’t miss Friday night’s game — there will be fireworks afterwards.


3. Visit your local farmer’s market


Grand Junction’s Downtown Farmer’s Market begins on June 21, and it’s a great way to welcome summer (and all of its delicious produce). The market takes place from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., so you could even stop by before heading to the GJ Rockies game.


4. Visit other Grand Valley farmer’s markets 


Grand Junction isn’t the only place in the Grand Valley with an excellent farmer’s market, though you will have to wait until the weekend to visit these markets: 

  • In Fruita, the first market of the season is on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (and every Saturday through September 15).
  • In Palisade, the Sunday market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday June 24 (and every Sunday through September 16).


5. Take a stroll along the Riverfront Trail System


Walk, run, bike, rollerblade, or stroll along the 22 miles of paved trail that spans from Heritage Park in Fruita to Riverbend Park in Palisade. The path connects several parks, lakes, and other recreational locations in the Grand Valley — here’s a guide to everything it has to offer. 

Sunset in Grand Junction isn’t until 8:44 p.m. on June 21, so you’ll have plenty of time to take in the scenery.


6. Spend time with friends and family


While there are plenty of fun events to enjoy, the most fulfilling way to spend the summer solstice is with loved ones. Whether you pick a trail to hike together, an event to attend, or simply have a nice evening at home, quality time with the people you care about most is an ideal way to begin a summer of fun.