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Clifton is a small community located in Mesa County in west-central Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,889. Clifton is considered part of the Grand Junction metropolitan area, which is situated in what is known as the Western Slope area. The Western Slope is known for its' many orchards, vineyards and seasonal fruit stands. Clifton is also near the scenic James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. Activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, river rafting, swimming, picnicking and camping. There is a hiking trail system in the state park that weaves through woodlands along the riverbanks and offers great fishing and picnic spots. Other nearby attractions include the Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa. The Colorado National Monument is a series of canyons and mesas with hiking trails among sandstone rock formations, arches and canyons that date back over 1.5 billion years. Hiking also abounds in Grand Mesa, the 10,000-foot high "Island in the Sky." Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world and offers incredible trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Just a short drive from Clifton is the town of Grand Junction, which offers unique shops, fine restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.

Surrounding areas: Palisade, Colorado (5.4 mi), Grand Junction, Colorado (5.8 mi), Fruita, Colorado (15.7 mi), Grand Mesa, Colorado (27.4 mi), Cedaredge, Colorado (31.0 mi), Delta, Colorado (31.6 mi)

Clifton Vacation Rentals

Clifton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Clifton Inn328 I-70 Business LoopClifton, CO (970) 434-3400
Motel 6 #261776 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO4.7 mi.(970) 243-2628
Courtyard Grand Junction765 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO4.8 mi.(970) 263-4414
Residence Inn By Marriott767 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO4.8 mi.(970) 263-4004
Comfort Inn750 3/4 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO4.9 mi.(970) 245-3335
Holiday Inn755 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO4.9 mi.(970) 243-6790
Ramada Inn752 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO4.9 mi.(970) 243-5150
Doubletree Hotel Grand Junstion743 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO5.0 mi.(970) 241-8888
La Quinta Inn2761 Crossroads BlvdGrand Junction, CO5.0 mi.(970) 241-2929
Quality Inn733 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO5.1 mi.(970) 245-7200
Travelodge-grand Junction704 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO5.2 mi.(970) 245-3080
West Gate Inn2210 Hwy 6 & 50Grand Junction, CO5.8 mi.(800) 453-9253
Hampton Inn205 Main StGrand Junction, CO6.7 mi.(970) 243-3222
Hawthorn Suites LTD225 Main StGrand Junction, CO6.8 mi.(970) 242-2525
Fruita Comfort Inn400 Jurassic AveFruita, CO16.1 mi.(970) 858-1333
Super 8399 Jurassic AveFruita, CO16.1 mi.(970) 858-0808
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fruita570 Raptor RdFruita, CO16.3 mi.(970) 858-8850

Clifton Weather & Climate

West-central Colorado, near the Utah border, has a high desert climate. It can be classified as either semi-arid to arid, depending on location. Winters are cold and dry, and snowfall is usually light and doesn't remain on the ground long. Due to its location west of the Rockies, this region doesn't receive as much influence from the Chinook winds as other parts of state. Spring comes slowly to west-central Colorado, but quickens near June. Summers are hot and dry, with at least five days per year with temperatures at or above 100 degrees F. This region receives little precipitation year-round, with no seasonal spike. Sunshine is abundant, with 300 days of sunshine per year. Autumn cools rapidly, and the first freeze usually happens in mid-October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 16°F 0.53 in. -
February 45°F 23°F 0.47 in. -
March 56°F 32°F 0.93 in. -
April 64°F 39°F 0.85 in. -
May 74°F 48°F 1.09 in. -
June 86°F 57°F 0.48 in. -
July 91°F 63°F 0.79 in. -
August 89°F 61°F 0.74 in. -
September 80°F 52°F 0.85 in. -
October 67°F 40°F 0.98 in. -
November 51°F 28°F 0.80 in. -
December 40°F 19°F 0.55 in. -

Clifton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Walker Field (GJT) located about 4 miles northwest of Clifton in Grand Junction, Colorado, Blake Field (1V9) located approximately 29 miles southeast of Clifton in Delta, Colorado, the Garfield County Regional airport (RIL) located roughly 48 miles northeast of Clifton in Rifle, Colorado, and finally the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located around 50 miles southeast of Clifton in Montrose, Colorado.

Clifton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT69.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Chipeta Golf Course on Orchard MesaGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.
Golf Club at Redlands MesaGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.
Tiara Rado Golf CourseGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.
Adobe Creek National Golf CourseFruitaCO15.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO17.4 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO68.0 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO80.0 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO86.9 mi.
AspenAspenCO87.7 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO87.7 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO87.7 mi.
TiehackAspenCO87.7 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO115.0 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO116.1 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO117.2 mi.
VailVailCO117.2 mi.
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO5.8 mi.(Science)

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