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Fruita is located in west-central Colorado within Grand Valley along the Colorado River. It's about 18 miles from the Utah border. As of the 2010 census, the population of Fruita was 12,646 residents. With its' located in the high desert of Colorado, Fruita offers spectacular scenery and lots of thrilling outdoor activities. The town began as a fruit producing center, and in recent years, it's been the winner of the Governor's Smart Growth and Development Award four years in a row. Some of the popular activities in the area include whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and four-wheeling on desert trails. If you're not the thrill-seeking type, but prefer a more relaxing type of outdoor fun, Fruita is also home to ten golf courses. Plus, the area is known for its' bird watching opportunities. Nearby attractions include Colorado's famous dinosaur territory, including the Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey, Rim Rock Rodeo, and the Colorado National Monument. Known locally as "The Monument," the Colorado National Monument features canyons cut deep into the sandstone with spectacular rock formations in some areas. The park hosts a wide range of wildlife, including red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, desert bighorn sheep and coyotes. The Rim Rock Drive is a scenic drive along the plateau, and nearby is Grand Mesa, which is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

Surrounding areas: Grand Junction, Colorado (11.6 mi), Clifton, Colorado (15.7 mi), Palisade, Colorado (20.5 mi)

Fruita Vacation Rentals

Fruita Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Fruita Comfort Inn400 Jurassic AveFruita, CO (970) 858-1333
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fruita570 Raptor RdFruita, CO (970) 858-8850
Super 8399 Jurassic AveFruita, CO (970) 858-0808
Hawthorn Suites LTD225 Main StGrand Junction, CO10.5 mi.(970) 242-2525
Travelodge-grand Junction704 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.5 mi.(970) 245-3080
Hampton Inn205 Main StGrand Junction, CO10.6 mi.(970) 243-3222
Quality Inn733 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.6 mi.(970) 245-7200
Doubletree Hotel Grand Junstion743 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.7 mi.(970) 241-8888
La Quinta Inn2761 Crossroads BlvdGrand Junction, CO10.7 mi.(970) 241-2929
Comfort Inn750 3/4 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.8 mi.(970) 245-3335
Holiday Inn755 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.8 mi.(970) 243-6790
Ramada Inn752 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.8 mi.(970) 243-5150
Courtyard Grand Junction765 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.9 mi.(970) 263-4414
Residence Inn By Marriott767 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.9 mi.(970) 263-4004
Motel 6 #261776 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO11.1 mi.(970) 243-2628
West Gate Inn2210 Hwy 6 & 50Grand Junction, CO11.6 mi.(800) 453-9253
Best Western Clifton Inn328 I-70 Business LoopClifton, CO15.7 mi.(970) 434-3400

Fruita 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 11°F 0.65 in. -
February 46°F 18°F 0.57 in. -
March 56°F 26°F 0.96 in. -
April 65°F 33°F 0.77 in. -
May 75°F 42°F 1.04 in. -
June 87°F 49°F 0.51 in. -
July 92°F 56°F 0.77 in. -
August 90°F 55°F 0.73 in. -
September 82°F 45°F 0.78 in. -
October 69°F 33°F 1.01 in. -
November 52°F 22°F 0.74 in. -
December 40°F 14°F 0.65 in. -

Fruita Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Walker Field (GJT) located about 11 miles east of Fruita in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Garfield County Regional airport (RIL) located approximately 59 miles east of Fruita in Rifle, Colorado, Canyonlands Field (CNY) located roughly 61 miles west of Fruita in Moab, Utah, and finally the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located around 63 miles southeast of Fruita in Montrose, Colorado.

Fruita Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO11.6 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT59.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Adobe Creek National Golf CourseFruitaCO 
Chipeta Golf Course on Orchard MesaGrand JunctionCO11.8 mi.
Golf Club at Redlands MesaGrand JunctionCO11.8 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseGrand JunctionCO11.8 mi.
Tiara Rado Golf CourseGrand JunctionCO11.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO31.6 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO79.8 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO95.6 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO97.9 mi.
AspenAspenCO102.4 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO102.4 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO102.4 mi.
TiehackAspenCO102.4 mi.
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO11.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO11.6 mi.(Science)

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