Places to Visit: Grand Junction Colorado

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Grand Junction Colorado

Grand Junction is “Colorado’s Wine Country” with an emphasis on the outdoors, and its mild weather and central location make it an ideal travel hub on the way to Telluride.

  • Grand Junction located halfway between Denver and Salt Lake City, and is about three hours from Telluride.
  • Nearby Grand Valley is known as "Colorado's Wine Country."
  • The city is also close to first-class hiking, biking and fishing.


Grand Junction is the business and transit hub of Colorado’s western slope, set halfway between metro Denver and Salt Lake City. The diverse terrain surrounding Grand Junction has been an underrated by outdoor enthusiasts for years, but not so much anymore. There is first-class hiking, mountain biking and fishing just minutes away, and Colorado’s wine country is a half-hour to the north.

With mild winters, the airport here is a reliable destination for those looking to vacation in the surrounding mountains.


Grand Junction is about 250 miles west of Denver and 280 miles east of Salt Lake City in western Colorado.


Grand Junction has a full range of services and lodging options to fit any budget.


The expansive mesas, lakes and rivers, and rolling mountains near Grand Junction provide great hiking, mountain biking, climbing and fishing.


Grand Junction sits just south of Colorado’s wine country in the Grand Valley. The up-and-coming vineyards continue to improve each year and are making better wine than you think. Most vineyards offer free tastings tours.

The Colorado Monument is steep canyon with sheer sandstone cliffs and abundant wildlife. Take Highway 340 northwest from downtown Grand Junction.

Getting Here

To reach Telluride from Grand Junction, take Highway 50 south to Montrose. Continue south on Highway 550 to Ridgway, then turn right on Highway 62. A left turn onto Highway 145 goes to Telluride.