A scenic city in a coveted location, Grand Junction is perfectly located within driving distance of several great attractions. Here are 3-day trips that promise memorable experiences for every member of the family.
Both intimate and overwhelmingly large, this stunning national park displays some of North America's most ancient geography. Two million years of wind and weather have sculpted the area into a breathtaking vertical landscape of water, rock, and endless blue skies.
Just an hour and a half south of Grand Junction, the park includes a six-mile road that winds through Gambel Oak across the South Rim. Along the way, you will discover 10 scenic stopping points, highlighted by Painted Wall, with its sobering drop down to the Gunnison River, and the legendary Pulpit Rock, which boasts mesmerizing rock spires that soar 1,800 feet.
Once you reach High Point, the horizon explodes with expansive panoramas of Grand Mesa and the West Elk Mountains. You will also find a small nature trail and several picnic areas nearby.
Known for its rejuvenating geothermal waters, Glenwood Springs is a resort city with diverse attractions. Set amid the rugged Rocky Mountains, the area is surrounded by the vast and beautiful White River National Forest. The picturesque landscape includes abundant wildlife and striking natural features, including ancient underground caves and Hanging Lake, famous for its sparkling turquoise waters.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park also provides roller coasters and canyon swings that overlook the Colorado River.
From, rafting and world-class fishing to miles of scenic hiking, this historic town has a number of daytime adventures that you’ll enjoy. Plus, you can’t overlook the infamous hot springs that Glenwood Springs has become known for to enjoy some water-filled fun this.
Located east of Grand Junction on I-70, Glenwood Springs is a perfect destination for Grand Junction families in search of great food, shopping, thrill rides, and natural wonders. Enhanced by one of the biggest natural hot spring pools in the United States, it's also a great place to refresh and decompress from the modern stressors of city life.
Home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab’s red rock formations are found at only a two-hour road trip from Grand Junction. The area combines small resort town hospitality with a warm climate making it a magnet for year-round festivals and events.
Moab is also home to many distinctive galleries, shops, microbreweries, and restaurants, featuring gourmet dining and regional southwestern cuisine. The area is best known for its soaring sandstone cliffs and hypnotic desert landscape awash in contrasting colors and dotted with majestic arches and impossibly balanced rocks. While you're soaking up the views, be on the lookout for petrified fossils, dinosaur track sites, and ancient rock art.
Peak tourist season falls between March and May and revs up again during September and October. If you choose a summer day trip to Moab, be prepared to face triple-digit temperatures..