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Grand Junction Colorado

When traveling to Aspen, Colorado, you are so close to Grand Junction that it’s worth a visit to this city with lovely landscapes on the western edge of the Rockies.

  • Visit Grand Junction on the western edge of the Rockies
  • Only 2 hours and 19 minutes from Aspen, Colorado
  • Bike Kokopelli’s Trail
  • Hike the trails in Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range
  • Let the kids see real dinosaur bones at the Dinosaur Journey museum
  • Watch the wildlife at Colorado National Monument


The awe-inspiring beauty and dramatic red rocks provide a special feel to Grand Junction, Colorado. There is an endless choice of outdoor recreation, as well as charming shops and galleries. Grand Junction is also right in Colorado’s wine country, giving you a chance at a truly incredible wine tasting experience.


Grand Junction, Colorado is located off of I-70, in the far western portion of the state, 27 miles east from the Utah state line.


Grand Junction has food for every taste, from Mexican and Chinese dishes to Japanese and Asian specialties. Decide between barbecue or pizza, family eateries or fine dining. You have a wide array of restaurants to choose from.

Premiere accommodations are available in Grand Junction. If trying to save money, you’ll find plenty of economy lodging, or you can get the best money can buy at any of the luxurious hotels or inns.


  • Biking
    Tackle the 142-mile Kokopelli’s Trail for some true adventure. It starts out in Grand Junction. There are plenty of shorter trails, too, where you can bike and enjoy the warm weather and blooming flowers. Just 10 miles away in Fruita, Colorado discover a huge network of biking trails as well.
  • Hiking
    Find over 30,000 acres available for hiking in the Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range, or explore the Rockies to the east. Nature’s beauty will captivate you around Grand Junction.
  • Camping
    You have a number of campgrounds in the area where you can pitch a tent, or if you’ve brought your RV, there are a number of RV parks, all providing amenities that are sure to please.
  • Whitewater Rafting
    The Colorado River is famous for its rapids, and you can begin your adventure in Grand Junction. Westwater Canyon is a favorite place to float and experience some of the best whitewaters.
  • Winter Sports
    Skiing vacations often have Grand Junction for a destination, with Powderhorn Resort close by and offering slopes for all levels of skill.


  • Trail Through Time
    On this 1.5-mile hike, you will be viewing fossils over 140 million years old. This is a working fossil quarry, educational and informative to young and old alike.
  • The Dinosaur Journey
    The Dinosaur Journey is an interactive museum with hands-on exhibits. See real dinosaur bones found in the state, and full-sized skeletons. Kids love this place!
  • The Museum of Western Colorado
    Everyone enjoys this museum, where you can see real Navajo rugs, prehistoric pottery, and 19th century saddles. Take an interactive ride on a full-sized stagecoach.
  • Colorado National Monument
    The Colorado National Monument, preserving the landscape of the American West, reveals red rock canyons and sheer walls in this vast canyon-plateau. Watch the bighorn sheep climbing and the eagles soaring above.

Getting Here

To get to Aspen from Grand Junction, Colorado, get on I-70 going east, and take exit 116. You will get onto Colorado Highway 82 right into Aspen. It’s a two-hour and 19 minute drive (129 miles).

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