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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

By The AP

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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