Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau Announce Six Ways to Enjoy the Fall Foliage On Colorado's Western Slope

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Explore Western Colorado for Breathtaking Fall Foliage in 2015

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Grand Mesa Fall Foliage

There are plenty of activities and leaf peeping opportunities to enjoy day and night from Downtown Grand Junction to the Colorado River Trails and the majestic Grand Mesa mountain.

Temperatures will soon begin to drop as summer comes to end in Western Colorado and the Grand Junction region eagerly anticipates the splendor of colors as the season transitions. There are plenty of activities and leaf peeping opportunities to enjoy day and night from Downtown Grand Junction to the Colorado River Trails and the majestic Grand Mesa mountain.

  • Stroll through historic downtown from 7th Street to Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado for a blend of vintage Victorian charm to an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern architecture and capture picture perfect images with the changing of colors as a backdrop.
  • Bike ride The Audubon Section of the River Front Trails for perfect viewing of the changing colorful landscape. The Audubon section is 1.4 miles of the 28 mile flat, mostly paved trail and takes you alongside the Colorado River beneath a canopy of trees. It is also a tranquil setting for bird watching and spying many other species of wildlife near the Colorado River.
  • The Grand Mesa provides a majestic view of the landscape and is ideal for photographers savoring the moment digitally and on film. With over 300 lakes, the world’s largest flat-top mountain is the perfect location to see the aspen trees transform. Don’t miss Color Sunday at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, September 27.
  • The small community of Glade Park, located near the Colorado National Monument offers a unique mix of waterfalls, rock and fall foliage at an area known as the pot holes.
  • Wine tasting at any of the 22 wineries located throughout Colorado’s Wine Country, which are sure to offer great grape harvest photo opportunities.

Special events taking place in the Fall of 2015 surrounding Grand Junction, Colorado:

  • 09/19 - Tour de Vineyards bike ride, A 25 mile ride through wine country that marks the beginning of Fall
  • 09/17-20 - Colorado Mountain Winefest, Colorado’s largest wine festival celebrating the harvest in heart of Palisade!
  • 09/25 – Historic Downtown Grand Junction Walking Tour, Stroll through downtown Grand Junction as you learn about the history as well as seeing the beauty of the fall leaves
  • 09/25-27 – Fruita Fall Festival (101st Annual), Friday thru Sunday, the Fruita Fall Festival began just over a century ago as a celebration of the harvest for the farming community in the town of Fruita
  • 09/27 – Color Sunday at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Food, live music, and fall leaf peeping with some of the best views of fall colors on the Grand Mesa.

About Grand Junction (http://www.visitgrandjunction.com). Grand Junction is Colorado’s Wine Country featuring 22 wineries with year-round tasting rooms, and boasting more than 275 days of sunshine annually which helps produce much of the state’s peach and fruit crop. It is the largest city in Western Colorado, located near the Colorado River between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and world-renowned biking. Among Grand Junction's spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain, the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs including the Wild Horse Area, and the 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, hunting, fishing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond and the Grand Circle.

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