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All The Activities That Make the Grand Valley Colorado’s Top Adventure Town

Five Reasons Why Grand Junction + Fruita Should Be Colorado's Top Adventure Town
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Grand Junction and Fruita are in the running for Colorado’s top adventure town. These are the reasons why Grand Junction and Fruita should win.

Elevation Outdoors is asking people to vote for Colorado’s top adventure town. Grand Junction and Fruita have made it to the second round of voting. You can vote now until September 20th.

There’s a lot of other towns up for the running like Aspen, Durango, Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Idaho Springs, Crested Butte and much more. I won’t tell you to vote or who to vote for, but I will give you a few reasons why Grand Junction and Fruita should win.

Black Rocks is pretty unforgettable #rubyhorsethief #riverlife #oneforthebooks

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Kayaking + Rafting

With the intersection of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers in the Grand Valley, we’ve got plenty of water to play around in. This makes for plenty of space to go kayaking, paddleboarding, and rafting.

A look behind the scenes of the Kids Multi-Week Programs. Looks pretty fun! #powderhornturns50 #growingthesport #visitcolorado

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Snowboarding + Skiing

We’ve got the Grand Mesa in the Grand Valley’s backyard. Snowboarding, skiing and snowman making are all adventures waiting to happen.

Mountain Biking

Fruita is a world-class mountain biking destination.  There are so many trails to choose from like 18 Road Trails, Kokopelli Trails, Lunch Loop Trails and Rabbit Valley. There’s a trail for everyone.

Fishing

Lakes, rivers, reservoirs, creeks, ponds, canals – we got them all. There are over 300 lakes on the Grand Mesa alone. I caught my very first rainbow trout, ever, right here in the Grand Valley!

Dirt Biking + ATVing

There are miles and miles of trails to ride on a dirt bike or ATV. You can even ride along the Trail Through Time, featuring 140-million-year-old dinosaur fossils.

I just learned about the Colorado National Monument the day before. Being the end of the trip, I had to take advantage of my last hiking chance! The day started well before sunrise with a 20 km cycling to the starting point. I loved hiking around the sandstone canyons, but I ended so exhausted! Then I saw my bicycle, and realized I still had quite a "fun" ride back… . [ES] Acababa de leer sobre el Colorado National Monument. Estaba ya en el final de mi viaje, así que era mi última oportunidad de conocerlo! El día empezó mucho antes del alba, con unos 20 km en bici hasta el inicio del trek. La caminata recorriendo los cañones de arenisca me encantó, pero quedé tan exhausto! En ese momento vi la bici y me dí cuenta que todavía me quedaba un regreso bien "divertido"… . #grandjunction #coloradonationalmonument #colorado #hikingday #hikingtrail

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Hiking

The only questions you have to ask yourself if you want to hike in the Grand Valley — is how far do you want to go and what do you want to see? With hikes ranging anywhere from mountains to riverfront trails, to a canyon hike where you can see well-preserved petroglyphs. 

The day I climbed Independence Monument was the most bittersweet day of my life. I began giddy with excitement on my way to the most formidable route I'd had the opportunity to attempt, when I was blindsided with the heartbreaking news that one of my friends had died. Shattered, the thought of climbing a 400 ft tower felt downright impossible. Even breathing was a challenge. But as I forced myself to begin the ascent, I felt my sadness and anger being channeled in to overcoming every obstacle before me. I kept my mind busy searching for the next foothold, and any burning in my muscles merely helped distract me from a greater pain in my chest. There were several moments when I doubted my ability to overcome the crux, which only motivated me further to reach the top. When I finally stood at the summit I allowed myself to revel at the view and my achievement despite the pain I was still feeling. I told myself that if I was strong enough to do this, I had the strength to survive anything. #rockclimbing #colorado #overcome #mayabolduanphotography #exploretocreate #climber #independencemonument #perservere #climbing #getoutside #photography #outdoored #cmc #crux #adventure #canonphotography #visualsoflife #main_vision #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #coloradomountaincollege #globe_shotz #outdoors #explore #climbcolorado #allaboutadventures #coloradonationalmonument #canon_photos #artofvisuals #justkeepclimbing

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Rock Climbing

Deep canyons and massive boulders make the Grand Valley the ultimate destination for rock climbing. Unaweep Canyon has 25 miles of granite cliffs, cracks, boulders and crags which make for some great rock climbing.

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