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Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
History (Admin Only): Bradley Mark Edwards edited "Description" Jun 6, 2019
Downtown Grand Junction is a classic western town, that is gradually evolving into an arts center, with galleries and antique shops. The name "Grand" refers to the historical name of the upper Colorado used by locals in the late 19th and early 20th century. The city sits near the mid-point of 30-mile (48 km) arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley, that is a major fruit growing region, historically home to the Ute people and settled by white farmers in the 1880s. In recent years, several wineries have been established in the area as well. The Colorado National Monument, a series of canyons and mesas similar to the Grand Canyon, overlook the city. Interstate 70 connects the city eastward to Glenwood Springs and Denver. The Monument is a great place to hit some towers and climb some great desert cracks.
Spring and Fall are often the best times of the year to visit and climb here. Summers can be very warm and winters although mild compared to the rest of the state can be unpredicatable with cold winds.
On rest days, about 10 miles west of GJ is the town of Fruita, which has some good single track mountain biking, both at the Bookcliffs and above to the Colorado River. People compare it to Moab 10 years ago! It is the starting point of the Kokopeli Trail which is a great bike trip between Fruita and Moab of about 142 miles. One good resource is bikerpelli. My wife and I did it over four days last spring and had a blast.
This area will include areas close by, including DeBeque Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, Palisade, Unaweep, Grand Mesa, and Colorado National Monument.
If climbing at the National Monument, camp at the campground,
Other places to stay include ...
There is also wine tasting in the area for those staying for multiple days.
Additionally there is the Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition (WCCC) which can be contacted for local information or updates on bolting rules etc.
Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Junction Area
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