On the Western Slope of Colorado, an area aptly named for being the western-facing slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, you’ll find miles and miles of desert-like trails with mountain views. The towns of Grand Junction and Fruita provide a great jumping off point for adventure in the high desert. And the fun doesn’t end on the trails as both towns offer a wide variety of local flair.
While we can’t be everywhere at once we do make an effort to experience all the trails, cafes, shops and other local establishments we include in each Mini-tinie Adventure. This isn’t just because we love exploring. Our real motivation is to provide you with “been there, done that, loved it” recommendations that are sure to make your adventure even more fun.
The trails surrounding Grand Junction and Fruita offer up a desert-like feel with both sand and slick rock. You’ll find canyons, plateaus, ridge lines and more…all with mountain views.
You do leave the mountains behind when you choose to adventure near Grand Junction and Fruita, but there altitude is still there to help keep the temperatures in check. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t get roasty toasty in the summer, but the Grand Mesa does provide an escape from the most extreme temperatures.
One of the biggest perks of hitting the trails on the Western Slope of Colorado is the longer season. The warmer climate and high desert terrain keeps the snow at bay. This means you’ll find dry trails beckoning you from early May through late October…giving you a few extra weeks of adventure while the most of the trails in the Colorado Rockies are covered in snow.
The Mini-tinie Adventures are more than just a list of places to adventure. We include important details such as where dogs are allowed, the best time to visit local cafes and detailed information on where to park, even when the trailhead parking is full. We put in the extra effort, do you can just show up and enjoy the adventure!
Contact us today + we’ll create a fully customized adventure itinerary to get you outdoors without the stress of planning!