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Take a day ... Visit Glenwood Springs

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Besides being 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the most sweltering of summer days in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs boasts an abundance of reasons to hop into the car and head 90 minutes east on Interstate 70. The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ...


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Mesa County Fair celebrates 125 years

By Staff

The Mesa County Fair will celebrate its 125th anniversary with fireworks, the Grand Junction Centennial Band and a cake decorating contest among other events from July 17–21 at the fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50. A few of the things ...


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Take a tour of downtown Grand Junction

By Ann Wright

You could sit on a park bench and drink in downtown Grand Junction while enjoying a mocha. Or you could take a tour. Main Street, Colorado Avenue and the streets between, there are a number of ways to visit downtown that will have you seeing ...


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Discover fun in the eastern Utah desert

By Melinda Mawdsley

You’re not on Mars. You’re at Goblin Valley State Park. Or at least you could be. The park’s hoodoos, above, are just some of many unique landscapes to be seen and experienced in Eastern Utah. Not far from Globin Valley is ...


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Durango a haven for good eats, treats

By Paul Shockley

When John Cohen has been away from his hometown of Durango for a period of time, he likes to visit a local jewel. It’s right outside his front door. Cohen, director of the Durango Area Tourism Office, said a favorite pastime of his is ...


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Getaway to Gateway for fun and relaxation

By Rachel Sauer

Don’t come here for flashing marquees or to go-go-go all night long. Stay off Colorado Highway 141’s undulating curves if your speedometer doesn’t like dipping below 60 mph. If you want flash, if you want glitz, if you want ...


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Tennis anyone? Why not ... it’s one of the Grand Valley’s top sports

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Tennis is one of the most popular activities in the Grand Valley. There are more than 50 courts from Fruita to Palisade, including four indoor, and several tournaments through the summer and fall. For adults or children wanting to learn the ...


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White River National Forest is Colorado’s largest forest, and offers a lot

By Dave Buchanan

A number of years ago, a city-weary traveler was pulling off the road near the top of Vail Pass just as another road warrior was climbing back into his car. A voice emanated from the car pulling off the road. “What did you see?” ...


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Escape the heat by retreating to Grand Mesa

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Expect temperatures to be 10 or so degrees cooler as you ascend the world’s largest flattop mountain. As such, Grand Mesa is a great getaway from the summertime heat on the Grand Valley floor and, as the home of the Grand ...


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Aspen, Snowmass offer much more than skiing and snowboarding

By Dennis Webb

Think of Aspen and Snowmass Village, and you probably think about skiing and snowboarding or, in the summer, getaways into lush green mountains. Thanks to a world-class fossil find last fall, however, people are thinking a little differently ...


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Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway provide great summer recreational trips

By William Woody

Located beneath the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the communities of Telluride, Ouray and Ridgway offer some of the best summer activities in Colorado. TELLURIDE Nicknamed the “festival capital of the southwest,” ...


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A quick getaway awaits in Glenwood Springs

By Dennis Webb

For anyone seeking a shot of adrenaline, the Glenwood Springs area is increasingly offering a fix. Long a rafting mecca, the city a few years ago enhanced the opportunities for thrills and spills on the Colorado River with the installation of ...


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With 42 state parks in Colorado, finding an adventure isn’t difficult

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Colorado has 42 state parks that provide all kinds of outdoor experiences — relaxing by a campfire, skidding across waves in speedboat — and every family can find something to enjoy in Colorado. And more than 11 million visitors ...


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Go wild in Little Book Cliffs

By Bob Silbernagel

More than 33,000 wild horses and burros roam across ranges on federal lands in 10 Western states. But the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area just northeast of Grand Junction is unique in several ...


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Arches National Park is an adventure for all

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Dotted with 2,000 sandstone arches and boasting hiking trails ranging in length from a mere 100 yards to more than 7 miles, Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, offers something for everyone who relishes exploring the outdoors. And with ...


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Canyonlands: A sprawling area of hiking, walking and riding

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Canyonlands National Park is a sprawling landscape of canyons, mesas and buttes, a 527-square-mile playground that encompasses three districts and two rivers. Don’t let its size intimidate you. While portions of the park are among the ...


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Seek a thrill? Try rock climbing

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There are plenty of outdoor activities to try on the Western Slope and in Mesa County from skiing to hiking, biking, rafting and rock climbing. But with rock climbing, it is highly recommended to learn how to rock climb at an indoor rock ...


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McInnis Canyons welcomes all who seek adventure

By Amy Hamilton

Ample wide open spaces and the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is a delight for adventure seekers. Read: If you like the outdoors, you’re going to love this place. The ...


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Mesa County Fair set for July 19-23

By Tammy Gemaehlich

The 124th annual Mesa County Fair, with the theme “Summer Days & Country Ways,” is set for July 19–23 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50. The 2011 Mesa County Fair Open Class books are now available. ...


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With 210,00 acres, this Dinosaur Nat’l Monument has plenty to offer

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The monument, which sits just across the Colorado-Utah border in the Beehive State, encompasses more than 210,000 acres, only a small portion of which is devoted to the namesake creatures that died there eons ago. Man, in fact, has known ...


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It’s all down on Main Street

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Grand Junction’s Main Street isn’t just an address, it’s a destination. Here are some of the highlights and happenings you find downtown. The dust is settling as construction nears completion. Main Street, much of which has ...


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Kickstart it: Plenty of room to ride

By Patrick Bahr

When the dust settles and the smokes clears, it’s easy to see there is plenty for the gearheads in western Colorado. Whether it’s on two wheels or four wheels, there are options for riding. There is plenty of room to ride in the ...


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Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park: ‘A land of contrast and incredible intensity’

By Dave Buchanan

Rocky Mountain National Park, to borrow the phrase of two esteemed naturalists, is “a land of contrast and incredible intensity ... where there is nothing between you and the sky.” Its bony mountains, towering over verdant ...


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Escape the heat, tour a museum

By Tammy Gemaehlich

A convenient way for you and the kids to escape the heat this summer is by touring an area museum. With the exception of the Museum of Western Colorado’s living history site and parts of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, there is ...


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Lace ‘em up

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The Rim Rock Marathon is the crown jewel for many runners in Mesa County, but it’s almost six months away. Until Nov. 12, there are a number of running events to encourage you to prepare for the run over Colorado National ...


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Ride a wave, hit the rapids

By Patrick Bahr

One of the Grand Valley’s best natural resources is the Colorado River. The mighty river offers plenty of recreation opportunities ranging from relaxing tubing trips to whitewater rafting. In fact, Grand Junction is named for the ...


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Grand Valley biking in full effect

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Bicycling events have already begun in western Colorado . The annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival was April 28–May 1, the Rose Hill Rally was May 1, the 18 Hours of Fruita race was two weeks ago. But there are still some road biking events ...


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By land or by water, visitors get viewing pleasure in Black Canyon of the Gunnison

By William Woody

Each year, about 200,000 visitors travel to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to see millions of years of geology combine with some of the best recreational activities on the Western Slope. The park offers hiking, camping, ...


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Grand Valley celebrates it all

By Tammy Gemaehlich

The Grand Valley community heartily celebrates its fruits and veggies, music and heritage. There are numerous festivals and events to attend during the summer. Here are some to keep in mind: Thursday Night Concert Series — These free ...


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Water, wind build Great Sand Dunes

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MOSCA — Driving up to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the view seems almost silly: Across from shallow creeks at the base of the 14,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains sit the largest sand piles in North America, kept in ...


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Rodeo way is often the only way in the valley

By Patrick Bahr

The root of the rodeo is cowboys and cowgirls taking skills and practices from the ranch and bringing them to the competitive arena. Some of the current rodeo events include tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, ...


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New hikes to take, sites to see in Mesa Verde National Park

By Emily Shockley

Exploring each cliff dwelling open to the public in Mesa Verde National Park is a near-impossible feat to accomplish in one short visit. This summer, achieving that task will become even harder as more cliff dwellings will be open to the ...


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It’s a growing paradise in the valley

By Patrick Bahr

The Grand Valley has everything it takes to successfully grow crops, but peaches and grapes especially thrive here and make the area a favorite with those who know their fruit and wine. The Orchard Mesa and Palisade areas are full of local ...


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Coloraodo National Monument celebrates a century of majestic scenery

By Melinda Mawdsley

Colorado National Monument will soon undergo a noticeable change. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the monument’s establishment as part of the Antiquities Act, and officials plan to commemorate the occasion with improvements, ...


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VAC: A two-hour drive to Ouray is a great way to cool down

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When temperatures tickle the triple digits in the Grand Valley this summer, a two-hour drive to Ouray is a great way to cool down while taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Temperatures in this town cradled in the ...


VAC: Goblin Valley is a two and a half hour drive from Grand

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A chocolate Easter Bunny, a wizard and a melting ice cream cone stand guard over campers who may struggle to set up tents in the roaring wind. It’s the same often relentless wind which helped carve the magical and whimsical sandstone ...


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