Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau Announces 5 Ways to Enjoy Grand Junction (Colorado) After Dark This Summer

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Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country, and the fun doesn’t stop for travelers just because the sun sets, as the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau announced today.

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With no shortage of activities to enjoy - including rafting the Colorado River, hiking Colorado National Monument, and mountain biking the Lunch Loops area - the fun doesn’t stop in Grand Junction just because the sun sets.

Today, the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau announced the top 5 ways to enjoy Grand Junction after dark.

Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. And, with no shortage of activities to enjoy, including rafting the Colorado River, hiking Colorado National Monument, mountain biking the Lunch Loops area, the fun doesn’t stop just because the sun sets. Below are five ideas for enjoying Grand Junction after dark.

  •     Catch A Show at the Newly Renovated Avalon Theatre: Built for the residents of Grand Junction by local publishing giant Walter Walker in 1923, the Avalon Theatre was, and still is, one of Western Colorado's largest performing arts halls. The theatre, which recently underwent a $9.65 million renovation, offers a state-of-the-art performance and movie screening venue. This year, the theatre is welcoming exciting performances from nationally acclaimed groups including Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Comedian Rodney Carrington, and the Russian Ballet presenting Swan Lake.
  •     Explore the Night Sky: Experience the grandeur of the Colorado National Monument at night with Ranger-led Full Moon and Dark Sky Walks. Learn about the night sky, as well as area wildlife and vegetation that comes to life when the stars come out. There is even a group howl! Walks are approximately two hours long and cover one mile in distance. Dates and additional information can be found at http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/events-calendar
  •     Eat Your Way through Downtown on a Food Tour: New in 2015 Grand Junction Food Tours are a great way to experience downtown. The walking tours combine tasty samples from local restaurants with personal stories from favorite area chefs and business owners, as well as fun facts from Grand Junction's history. Personable guides will take visitors to a variety of restaurants and show-off their favorite dishes while providing historical insights to the area.
  •     Sleep Under a Million Stars: Explore Grand Mesa National Forest to discover a number of peaceful lakes surrounded by dense, green forests, offering excellent fishing opportunities, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. When the sun sets, campers can settle in for the night at one of nearly 40 campsites and surround themselves with some of the most spectacular stargazing opportunities in the state. Enjoy campfire sing-alongs, s’mores and share stories from the day’s adventures.
  •     Rock Out at a Vineyard Concert Series: Stop by Grande River Vineyards in Palisade and enjoy an evening of live music and great wine during their summer concert series, Heard it Through the Grapevine. Concerts will take place on the lawn at Grande River each Saturday this summer beginning June 6, through August 8 and feature performances from groups including Hazel Miller and the WC Jazz Orchestra. Guests can purchase dinner on-site or pack their own picnic to enjoy. All concert proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. weekly.

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.

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, gaylene(at)orecommunications(dot)com, 970-887-2536
Mistalynn Meyeraan, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, mistalm(at)gjcity(dot)org, 970-244-1480

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