GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (November 15, 2017) ― In a landscape dramatically different from anywhere else in Colorado, surrounded by rivers, canyons, mesas and mountains to explore, Grand Junction is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Combine that with the surrounding wine and orchard country, an abundance of local farms and ranches, a culture of art and creativity, and it’s easy to see why so many artisans, ‘makers’ and custom retailers are inspired by this welcoming valley. Below, shoppers can find seven unique, Grand Junction-made gifts perfect for everyone on their holiday list. Continue reading
– With fewer people and amazing views, fall is a perfect time to visit this Southwest Colorado vacation destination –
Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado is a wonderful drive destination any time of year, but fall is particularly pleasant. The crowds have dissipated like hot summer days and the views are incredible! Plus, there are autumn events and discounts that make a Mesa Verde Country vacation even more enticing.
Fall harvest means local produce is at its prime. Mesa Verde Country has two farmers markets to check out through October – in Cortez and Dolores. The Cortez Farmers Market is in the parking lot of the Montezuma County Building (109 West Main St.) and is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to sellout (usually between 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.). The Dolores Farmers Market is on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. in front of Dolores Town Hall (420 Central Ave.).
2017 Harvest Festival – October 14, Dolores
This Annual Orchard Social is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 14 and includes hard cider tasting, a beer tent, live music from the Tomlyn Acoustic Experience!, produce and craft vendors, galloping goose rides, an heirloom tree sale, apple press demos, pie walks, apple judging and apples for sale. The event is sponsored by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project.
Mesa Verde Museum Association Member’s Only Event – October 20-21
Members of the Mesa Verde Museum Association are invited to an exclusive event at Mesa Verde National Park. There’s a twilight guided ranger tour of Cliff Palace on Friday, October 20 starting at 4 p.m. On Saturday, October 21, there’s a guided tour of Balcony House, starting at 9 a.m. Tours are free, but registration is required by calling 970-529-4643 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pumpkin Festival & 5k Fun Run – October 28
Montezuma Park in Cortez is the setting for this fun fall event that features games, prizes for costumes and Main Street business trick or treat parade for the kiddos. Register at www.pinonproject.org.
Mesa Verde National Park: 700 Years Tour BOGO Half Off
The 700 Years Tour at Mesa Verde National Park provides an overall historical view of the Ancestral Puebloans’ lives in the southwest. It’s a chronological journey, starting with the earliest recorded pithouse villages (600 A.D.) in history to the classic Pueblo-era cliff dwellings dating from the 13th century. Cliff Palace, the largest of cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park, is viewed as one of the top ten places to visit in a lifetime. Through October 24, buy one adult ticket and receive a second tour for half price. Book at Far View Lodge or call 800.449.2288.
Four Corners Special – Far View Lodge
Residents of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are eligible for deep discounts at Mesa Verde National Park’s Far View Lodge through October 26. Rates start at $76, and proof of residency is required. Book online.
History with “Extra Credit” Special – Far View Lodge
Stay at Mesa Verde National Park’s historic Far View Lodge and earn “extra credit” with a $50 voucher to be used for food, beverage, retail or the 700 Years Tour. Offer is valid through October 25. One-night room stay required. Check availability.
About Mesa Verde Country (www.mesaverdecountry.com)
Mesa Verde Country is in southwest Colorado near the entrance to the magnificent Mesa Verde National Park. The nearby towns of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos provide accommodations, dining, outdoor fun and visitor services. Named the “Number One Historic Monument in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the “50 Places of a Lifetime-The World’s Greatest Destinations” by National Geographic, Mesa Verde National Park is one of the nation’s first World Heritage sites and the largest archaeological preserve in the country. Two national byways pass through Mesa Verde Country. In addition to the National Park, Mesa Verde Country is loaded with other archaeological attractions: Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the Anasazi Heritage Center and the Cortez Cultural Center. Mountain biking enthusiasts have recognized Mesa Verde Country as one of the next great mountain biking destinations.
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Throughout October, you are invited to The Original Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, the biggest and best in the Grand Valley. Studt’s offers fall fun for the whole family with a Pumpkin Jump, Hay Mountain with Kids Slide, horse-drawn hayrides, Animal Train, pony rides, photo area, Dark Acres Haunted Corn Maze and more.
On Sunday, Oct 29 there is a Pumpkin Demolition Derby, pumpkin carving and smashing and a Kids Candy Trail with prizes. There is also a Dark Acres Haunted Maze that runs Friday and Saturday nights throughout October beginning at dark. The last ticket sales are at 10 p.m. and cost for the Haunted Maze is $13.
Sundt’s is open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults on the weekends or $7 on the weekdays. Seniors get in for $8, and children under age 3 are free.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—September 21, 2017—There is no better way to learn something new than to experience it first-hand. In Grand Junction, the opportunities to take up a new sport, start your neurons churning or sample the simple life are endless. Here are a few of the hands-on activities you can enjoy this summer — and one for the winter, too. Continue reading
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Aug. 21, 2017—Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by Alpine Bank has been voted the best wine festival in the U.S. by USA Today’s 10Best website.
A panel of wine and travel experts nominated 20 of the best festivals celebrating wine, wine culture and wine tourism across the country’s top wine-making regions. Continue reading
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Aug. 17, 2017—Sometimes, falling in love is easy: an awestruck first glance or a memorable first encounter. At other times, it takes a bit longer—say, 26 miles longer. Luckily, Grand Junction, Colorado has plenty of opportunities this fall for you to visit and fall in love, whether your passion is for vintage cars, high-flying airplanes, spectacular art or even a heart-pounding race.
Here’s what to look forward to in Grand Junction this September, October and November; details can be found here http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/fall-festivals-2017
Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge (Sept. 8-9, 2017)
Utilizing the NEW outdoor Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park located on the banks of the Colorado River, Pork and Hops brings together delicious BBQ and live music. Continue reading
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Aug. 15, 2017—Break out your canning jars, cobbler recipes and ice cream makers: it’s the sweetest time of year in Palisade and the entire Grand Valley. But there’s more to peaches than dessert. During the annual Palisade Peach Festival, taking place August 17 – 20, 2017 Grand Junctions restaurants are taking up the peach banner, creating sweet and savory dishes that are sure to please any palate. Continue reading
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Aug. 9, 2017— It’s said that you can’t really understand someone until you walk a mile in his or her shoes. On Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 100 men prove that real men will run in high-heeled shoes for a relay-style race on Grand Junction’s Colorado Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets, the members of these 20 teams are raising awareness and funds to support Hilltop’s Latimer House and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
The 8th Annual Men in Heels Race not only raises money and put the focus on an important local institution, but it also demonstrates the community’s commitment to letting those affected by domestic violence know that they are not alone.
And then there’s the added entertainment value of seeing burly, often bearded men from all sectors of the community, racing in high heels. Continue reading
– Podcast leads visitors on tour of Mesa Verde’s antiquities, helps travelers explore Southwest Colorado –
Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country has released a travel podcast called “Ancient Voices” that guides visitors through the Southwest Colorado communities of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos. The 30-minute audio tour, which includes driving directions, is versatile and designed to accompany travelers as they journey at their own pace among the archaeological, agricultural and geological wonders of Mesa Verde Country. The podcast also includes a wealth of historical, geological and flora/fauna information, providing context to a visitor’s experience. Continue reading