Colorado's Grand Valley is a year-round destination with endless cold-weather recreational opportunities. From skiing and snowmobiling to skating and snowshoeing, and even golf, there's plenty of fun and adventure available if you know where to look.
Here are some of the things you can do during the winter in the vast and beautiful Grand Valley area.
If you've never cross-country skied the world's largest flat-top mountain, you should add the activity to your to-do list. Just east of Grand Junction, this majestic marvel offers pristine frozen lakes, stunning panoramic views, and lovely Aspen groves.
It also offers several professionally groomed trails that provide an idyllic landscape for backcountry skiing. The popular West Bench Trail takes you through beautiful spruce and aspen trees while providing incredible views of the Powderhorn Ski Area. You can also rent ski gear at several local shops.
Don't let winter keep you from honing your golf game. Open throughout the cold season, Redlands Mesa Golf Course offers challenging holes, rolling terrain, fresh mountain air, and inspiring views of the Colorado National Monument.
It also offers a restaurant, high-end pro shop, and après golf deck with extra amenities. Book a round of 9 or 18 holes until as late as December or as early as February.
With a year-round, modern NHL-size rink, this local hotspot is one of the most popular winter destinations in the area.
Ice skate, play hockey, or sit back and watch talented young figure skaters zip across the ice. New to ice skating? The arena offers clinics and classes to help you learn the ropes or refine your existing skating skills. The family-friendly facility also includes a private party room, concessions, and rentals.
Only a 45-minute drive from Grand Junction, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers 1,600 acres of skiable terrain. Receiving an average of around 250 inches of fresh powder each year, this breathtaking attraction is a dream destination for skiers, snowboarders, and backcountry trekkers.
With 30 percent expert, 50 percent intermediate, and 20 percent beginner, it also offers the perfect terrain for every level. You can buy or rent equipment, outerwear, and accessories at Powderhorn Rental Shop. Group and private ski lessons are also available.
The Colorado National Monument is one of the grandest and most unique landscapes in the American West. It provides a quiet, beautiful escape during the winter season.
Explore a diverse series of well-maintained trails that take you past red-rock gorges, towering monoliths, and seemingly endless canyon panoramas. Watch for soaring eagles and bighorn sheep while you navigate a 20,000-acre maze of sandstone with 43 miles of scenic trails that carve their way through ancient rocks and hidden geological treasures.