12 Great Places: Grand Junction, Colorado

From sunup to sundown, enjoy outdoor fun amongst Grand Junction, Colorado’s breathtaking mountains.

| August/September 2006

  • Grand Junction Colorado - dinosaur
    Check out the Main Street Dinosaur Valley Museum in Grand Junction, Colorado.
    Photo by Joh, Elk III

  • Grand Junction Colorado - dinosaur

Sheltered by the magnificent Colorado National Monument to the west and the Grand Mesa to the east, Grand Junction, Colorado is a charming town in a dramatic setting. Located in the 30-mile long Grand Valley, it is the major population center in an agricultural valley famous for its orchards. In recent years, wineries have become common in the valley, and the area is now regarded as one of the best winegrowing spots in the West.

As Grand Junction is surrounded by national monuments and forests, those who love the outdoors will find plenty to do: hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and mountain biking.

Do you live in Grand Junction? Have you visited? Please post your comments below.

Grand Junction, Colorado

Population: 44,693
County: Mesa
Climate: mild, dry and sunny year-round
Cost of living index: 98.3
Median home price: $181,700
Alternative energy: net metering; no local incentives
Don’t miss: Colorado National Monument

12/15/2007 10:38:31 AM

Grand Junction is undoubtedly fun to visit but I definitely don't recommend moving here--unless you have excellent financial resources. The cost of living here, due to the energy boom, is totally outrageous. Affordable housing does not exist anymore. A halfway decent rental house, if you are able to locate one, goes for anywhere from $1,600 to 3,000 and up per month! Apartments are virtually non-existent(the current vacancy rate is right at 1.2%). Our town has grown way too much in a short period of time. The infra stucture is struggling to keep up with the growth, our water supply is running low (this is the high mountain desert we live in).

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