Imagine a life where you can go from your downtown office to a ski lift in under an hour. No sitting in traffic. No waiting on long lines. No paying for outrageous ski passes.

Imagine a place where your commute to work takes you along a scenic river trail with monoliths rising in the south and snowcaps to the east and west.

Imagine a Saturday where your morning kicks off on a ski slope, by lunchtime you’re riding trails in the desert and as evening sets, you cool down lakeside.

This is life in Colorado’s Grand Valley.

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Grand Valley residents are active, adventure-seekers drawn to this area because it offers an unparalleled lifestyle and access to the great outdoors.

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In the last 12 months, Grand Valley residents participated in…

Outdoor lifestyle in numbers - Colorado's Grand Valley

… and 26.5% belonged to a health club or gym while 49% watched a live sporting event

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It took them under 2hrs to get to Glenwood Springs and Moab

It took them under 3hrs to get to Aspen, Ouray and Telluride

It took them under 5hrs to get to Denver

Over 80% of all Coloradoans hike, bike, run or climb on a regular basis and spend more than $34 billion per year on outdoor recreation making Colorado the #1 healthiest state in the U.S.

Grand Valley Outdoor Recreation Stats

Mountain Biking

Palisade, Lunch Loops, 18 Road, Kokopelli, Rabbit Valley | Over 1,500 miles of singletrack

Road Biking

Colorado National Monument, Little Park Road, Unaweep Canyon, Kannah Creek Loop, Riverfront Trail, North Grand Junction to Fruita


Over 18 square miles of OHV terrain


Colorado National Monument, McGinnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante Canyons, Gateway Canyons, Rock Climbing & Bouldering | 152 climbing sections with numerous routes

Hiking/Trail Running

Year-round hiking | 11 large sections each with multiple trailheads and trails | Over 700 miles of trails


Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, Ruby Canyon, Horsethief Canyon, Westwater


Powderhorn Mountain Resort-1,600 skiable acres, 44 trails
Grand Mesa Nordic Trails-over 75 miles groomed trails
Large indoor ice hockey facility


Over 300 lakes on the Grand Mesa


Year around hunting opportunities for big and small game


15 Birding Trails in the Grand Valley and dozens more on the Grand Mesa
Easiest place in Colorado to find Gambel’s Quail, Gray Vireo, Black-throated Sparrow, Scott’s Oriole, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gray and Steller’s Jays, Clark’s Nutcracker, and if you’re lucky, White-winged Crossbill
Cliff-loving species like Canyon Wren and Whitethroated Swift thrive here amid the world-class scenery of the Colorado National Monument
The cottonwoods along the rivers are home to Lazuli Buntings by day and Western Screech-Owls by night

Disc Golf

6 courses to choose from


4 18-hole courses, 1 9-hole course
Home to a National Award winning course: Redlands Mesa

(Source: The Daily Sentinel 2015 Market Study of Mesa County, Colorado, and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office)