Admire the fall colors and the real estate

Fall is a spectacular time to get out and go for a Sunday drive. Although Sept. 30 on Grand Mesa is officially Color Sunday, leaves began turning colors earlier on McClure Pass.



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Fall is a spectacular time to get out and go for a Sunday drive. Although Sept. 30 on Grand Mesa is officially Color Sunday, leaves began turning colors earlier on McClure Pass.

If you haven’t driven across Grand Mesa in the fall, you’re missing a delightful display of colors. It’s also a perfect time of year to take the drive on two wheels, although riders should might want to make sure they have a jacket.



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If you haven’t driven across Grand Mesa in the fall, you’re missing a delightful display of colors. It’s also a perfect time of year to take the drive on two wheels, although riders should might want to make sure they have a jacket.

Those who want a rural lifestyle that includes enough land to have more than a cow or tow might be interested in this 123-acre parcel listed by Jack Knutson with Front Porch Realty in Mesa. The property borders BLM area on one side and has irrigation shares and mineral rights. Knutson is listing the property for $350,000.



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Those who want a rural lifestyle that includes enough land to have more than a cow or tow might be interested in this 123-acre parcel listed by Jack Knutson with Front Porch Realty in Mesa. The property borders BLM area on one side and has irrigation shares and mineral rights. Knutson is listing the property for $350,000.

This three-story cabin on Powder Ridge has 2,400 square feet, with two bedrooms, but sleeping capacity for 10, with the loft and the sunroom. Joyce Aiken with 4 Seasons Real Estate is listing the home for $450,000.



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This three-story cabin on Powder Ridge has 2,400 square feet, with two bedrooms, but sleeping capacity for 10, with the loft and the sunroom. Joyce Aiken with 4 Seasons Real Estate is listing the home for $450,000.

Fall officially begins Sept. 22, but the leaves all over the state of Colorado have been putting on their annual fall show for a few weeks. With sunny skies in the forecast, it’s a lovely time to hop in the car and take in the sights up in the mountains.

Powderhorn Resort is celebrating fall in a big way this year. This weekend, the resort has been hosting a fall festival, with live music and lift rides. Desert Moon was scheduled to play on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Pineapple Crackers is scheduled to play on Sunday, Sept. 23. The sunset deck, along with the bar and food outlets in the lodge, will be open, as well.

Next weekend, Powderhorn wants to invite those who didn’t make it up this weekend to come up and enjoy the sights. Once again, there will be live music from 1 to 4 p.m. on the deck by Honey Don’t and the Pineapple Crackers. There will also be disc golf on Saturday and the Color Sunday Adventure Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 30. The challenge is sponsored by the Powderhorn Racing Club and features three races: The 10K Thigunawat trail race will start at 9:30 a.m., the 3K Team Adventure Run starts at noon and the Kid’s Obstacle Run Run will start immediately following the team run.

If running ‘til you’re panting isn’t your idea of a good time, there is also free yoga at 2 p.m., artist, ski clothing and accessory vendors, as well as a professional photographer who will be available for portraits in a beautiful setting. The Sunset Grill will be open with a seasonal menu, with all entrees under $10.

“We will be doing pass sales,” said Gabby Michna, marketing and sales coordinator for Powderhorn Mountain Resort. “You can purchase it and walk away with it in your hand.”

Blink Twice, the new restaurant in Mesa operated by the owners of Blink Coffee Shop, will also have live music by the Little Instigators on Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in celebration of beautiful fall colors. Look for dinner specials on Color Sunday, as well.

While you’re driving over Grand Mesa, stop at one of the open house properties and dream about owning a vacation cabin in your own corner of Colorado. You probably won’t be alone.

“New buyers are showing up,” said Jack Knutson with Front Porch Realty in Mesa. “For the first time, buyers are starting to see other buyers.”

Some of the buyers are locals and some from out of the area, which is typical of the mountain property market.

“What we have up here is somewhat unique in the region,” said Knutson, who added that the proximity to a small metropolitan area like Grand Junction, along with the somewhat remote and agricultural feel of the area and the natural beauty all combine to make the area attractive to a certain type of buyer.

“For those people who are looking for this sort of thing, it’s hard to find,” Knutson said.

Because there aren’t a lot of properties to begin with, there haven’t been many sales on Grand Mesa and foreclosures have brought prices down. The great deals are selling, but most other properties tend to sit. Those potential sellers who can wait for prices to stabilize or rise aren’t selling, which exacerbates the problem of low inventory.

“We don’t have enough inventory in town proper to meet the demand,” said Angie Taylor with United Country RealQuest Realty in Collbran. “Of course, everybody who comes into my office wants a cute little place on two to five acres for $150,000 or under and that’s tough. Really, really tough.”

Those who drive to Collbran might want to go all the way up to Vega Lodge for a bite to eat. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Although Collbran has a new restaurant, the Twisted Sisters Grub Box on Main Street, don’t hope for food on Color Sunday. The restaurant, which features homemade bakery items, breakfast burritos, soup and items from the grill is only open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday. On Wednesdays, sisters Marcia Encke and Glenda XXX cook up a lunch special that always features down-home country food. The menu doesn’t feature a wide variety, but that hasn’t slowed business.

“It’s better to make one really good thing than a lot of things you really don’t want to serve said Encke.

The Grand Mesa offers a unique getaway that doesn’t hold much appeal to people who want a hip night life, a vibrant art scene or any type of urban amenities. But it’s a great place to enjoy the fall colors, and if owning a vacation cabin in a rustic location is on your bucket list, then stop and look at real estate while you’re there.

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