There are five very legitimate reasons why you may not have visited the tomb of Grand Junction's founder, George Crawford. While this list does not necessarily excuse why people don't visit, it may very well explain why it's a bit difficult.


In no particular order, here is a list of five reasons why you probably haven't visited Crawford's tomb:

  1. It's a colossal pain in the butt to get to.
  2. You don't want to get shot for trespassing on private property.
  3. You're not entirely sure you're supposed to be there.
  4. You're not from around here, and don't know who George Crawford is.
  5. It's a tomb, and you may not have interest in such things.

The tomb is located just south of the cemetery on Orchard Mesa. When you turn off of Highway 50, continues straight south past the cemetery. You have two options from this point:

  • Park at the bottom of the hill and walk up. There is a small turn-out and the beginnings of what appears to be a trail leading up the hill.
  • You can follow the paved road as it winds up the hill. At the top, you'll approach the water works. To the left, you'll see a house with a private drive. Word on the street is the cemetery has an agreement with the owner of the home. You are allowed to drive down the private drive, even though it is clearly marked with "No Trespassing" signs. There is a small parking area by the tomb.

You might want to pursue the chance to visit the tomb. Then again, you might not. The thought of driving down someone's private property is a bit weird. Perhaps a photo taken from the road will suffice.