10 Things to Do in Grand Junction That You Shouldn't Miss

August 6, 2017 Randal Brittian

Flanked by lakes, mountains and intriguing rock formations, Grand Junction offers a different side of Colorado. Mild weather year-round creates an agricultural oasis for 22 different wineries. Mountain bike along winding desert trails, wine and dine next to majestic rivers, and peruse a variety of shops, galleries and boutiques. For breathtaking natural beauty, don’t miss Grand Mesa National Forest and Colorado National Monument’s 23-mile stretch of scenic overlooks.
Restaurants in Grand Junction

1. Grand Mesa

Colorado Highway 65, East of Grand Junction between the towns of Mesa and Cedaredge, Grand Junction, CO +1 970-867-5309
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
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5 based on 590 reviews

Grand Mesa

The world's largest flat-topped mountain is covered with stream fed lakes.

Reviewed By ZanyOArvada - Colorado

It was a solemn visit for us, as we had a memorial service there for my father. It was the most beautiful drive up to the location of the memorial. We will do it again when we have a happier reason to visit, and make use of the pullouts along the way. We were there the latter part of September, and the weather was all over the place. Sunny, rainy, very windy, not windy, hot, cold. We were there maybe 2 1/2 hrs. Keep that in mind with what you wear that day, and take a jacket. Typical Colorado weather! Through it all, it was a beautiful place, remember your camera.

2. Two Rivers Winery

2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81507-9778 +1 970-255-1471
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Two Rivers Winery

Reviewed By Raimond M - Pueblo, Colorado

A great, relaxing way to spend a nice afternoon. We were there On aSunday, great parking, and a super hostess that explained all about the wines, and all things "wines"....we traveled via motorcycle, so we got out bottle wrapped "for the road". I highly recommend...MoreDear Guest, Thank you for stopping in and tasting with us! We hope that you'll visit again and enjoy Two Rivers wines with friends and family. Cheers, Two Rivers Winery & Chateau

3. Downtown Grand Junction

Main Street, Grand Junction, CO +1 970-244-9074
Excellent
55%
Good
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Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 553 reviews

Downtown Grand Junction

Reviewed By George S - Rochester, Michigan

The Colorado Mesa college staff took us around the town via a tour bus to see the sights of the town. The town is lovely with the beautiful setting of the mountains around it.

4. Children's Nature Center

2424 Hwy 6 & 50, #214, Grand Junction, CO 81505-1109 +1 970-639-2227
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
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5 based on 138 reviews

Children's Nature Center

The Children's Nature Center (CNC) is the only zoological center within a 250-mile radius that exhibits exotic animals in naturalist habitats. The center hosts more than 120 unique creatures, ranging from 13-foot pythons to 1-inch-long dart frogs to lively stingrays. We have saltwater habitats, brackish water habitat, freshwater habitat, as well as numerous coral tanks with a wide variety of aquatic life. CNC features a collection of snakes, reptiles, and amphibians Our living and inanimate exhibits are all designed to educate guests on animals, wildlife, and the environment.

Reviewed By Devon F

Interesting exhibits and animals. Good place for family. A little expensive. Would recommend making the entry fee a little less. In a mall which is different.

5. Canyon View Park

750 24 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505-9632 +1 970-255-9715
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Canyon View Park

Reviewed By Michael K

From outdoor handball, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, etc. this is a great park. There is an abundance of space to play, eat and enjoy the outdoors at Canyon View Park. There is also a large and small dog set of enclosures located here. On the far Northeast side you'll find competition quality horseshoe pits. If you have something you're wanting to do--this is the place to go. This is a great place for families.

6. John McConnell Math and Science Center

1400 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501-3004 +1 970-254-1626
Excellent
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5 based on 66 reviews

John McConnell Math and Science Center

We create excitement for science, technology, engineering and math for kids 3-93 by offering creative hands-on experiences. Exploring wonders- Expanding Minds!

Reviewed By Heather M - Springville, Utah

My kids had so much fun here. There are many hands on activities to do. It wasn't crowded when we went so my kids were able to take their time with all of the activities. The staff wast there to help, but you are free to explore at your own pace. Fun, educational activity

7. Grand Junction Visitors Center

740 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81506-8708 +1 970-256-4060
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
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5 based on 57 reviews

Grand Junction Visitors Center

Reviewed By LyeCon - Swindon, United Kingdom

This was just a quick stop to get some basic information on grand Junction, and what it offers to tourists. The official we spoke to was very knowledgeable, and we gleaned far more information than expected, and really helped us to plan for our 2 day stop in town.

8. James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park

361-32 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504 +1 970-434-3388
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park

Reviewed By Paula M

This is a beautiful campground along the Colorado River with a lake also, Bookcliff Lake. There are many full hookups, the sites are large with many pull-throughs, lots of greenery, beautiful views of the mountains, and its quiet. There are two playgrounds, a boat ramp into the river, a laundry facility, a paved walking trail that goes into Fruita and it is close to Grand Junction.

9. Museum of the West

462 Ute Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501-2516 +1 970-242-0971
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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4 based on 98 reviews

Museum of the West

The Museum of the West offers a thousand years of history that can be experienced. “Ride” in a stagecoach, “fly” a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field or gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi. Study Ute and Fremont Rock Art, see the real firearms that outlaws used, sit in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit the Pastime saloon to experience western Americana at its best. The Sterling T. Smith Education Tower offers a 360° view of our impressive surrounding geography. Tower top displays include a working weather station, and provide information on downtown historic preservation efforts, regional archaeology and geology. Visitors can also connect to a wealth of historical, genealogical and natural history materials in the Loyd Files Research Library, located on the second floor of the Museum of the West.

Reviewed By VincePCTD - Grand Junction, Colorado

This is a MUST stop for anyone visiting Grand Junction. Full of so much REAL West history I can't even begin to give justice to a review. If you live in GJ and haven't been forever, it's time to see what's new!

BOTTOM LINE = You have to go!!!

10. Whitewater Hill Vineyards

220 32 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81503-9404 +1 970-434-6868
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Whitewater Hill Vineyards

Please join us at our farm winery overlooking our vineyards and the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. We offer free wine tasting, gift and snack items and a picnic area. Our wines are Oaked and Unoaked Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Ethereal, Rosé, Riesling, Moscato, Gewurztraminer, Sweetheart Red, Zero Below Late Harvest Chardonnay, Icewine, and Ruby Classico Port. We look forward to meeting you soon!'Handgrown, handpicked, handcrafted'

Reviewed By travelertoo2 - Arizona

After our experience I was very surprised to read those two reviews that had less than pleasing experiences.
Our visit was quite fun. The people behind the “bar’ were warm and friendly. The wines were very good too.
We had no knowledge of a wine area in Colorado until I was reading up on what to do near Grand Junction. A very pleasant surprise!
Even with limited time and arriving mid-afternoon were still able to get to four wineries. We had a great afternoon and Whitewater Hill was right at the top of our list. Even the other “tasters” were fun to talk with and get recommendations from.
As I said the wines were very good and we bought several bottles to enjoy back in Arizona. We particularly enjoyed “Ethereal” a nice red wine.
If you find yourself in the area with a bit of time, hit a few of the wineries and have a pleasant afternoon.

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