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Grand-Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. It's located in western Colorado and stretches for approximately 40 miles east of Grand Junction between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River. Altogether, the Grand Mesa covers an area of about 500 miles. The Grand Mesa National Forest lies on top of the mesa and features over 300 lakes and thousands of acres of public land. In the spring, it's covered with beautiful wildflowers, and golden aspens brighten the landscape in fall. Winter snows bring opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The top of the mesa remains snow-covered late into the spring. The Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile hiking trail located at the highest elevation on the Grand Mesa and offers spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. Wildlife to watch for in the area includes moose, bears, elk, and falcons. Colorado Highway 65, which is a designated National Scenic and Historic Byway, traverses the mesa through old-growth forests, meadows and past crystal-clear lakes. At Lands End Overlook, at 6,000 feet above sea level, one can stop and take in awe-inspiring views of the valley below and the forested mountains beyond. Towns along the Mesa include Cedaredge, Skyway, Powderhorn and Mesa. The latter is considered the "gateway" to the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway and offers cafes, gift shops and a country market.

Surrounding areas: Cedaredge, Colorado (9.6 mi), Hotchkiss, Colorado (20.5 mi), Delta, Colorado (21.7 mi), Paonia, Colorado (22.3 mi), Palisade, Colorado (22.4 mi), Clifton, Colorado (27.4 mi), Crawford, Colorado (29.4 mi)

Grand Mesa Vacation Rentals

Grand Mesa Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Howard Johnson Express Inn530 South Grand Mesa DrCedaredge, CO10.1 mi.(970) 856-7824
Comfort Lodge406 Hwy 133Hotchkiss, CO20.5 mi.(970) 872-2200
Comfort Inn-delta180 Gunnison River DrDelta, CO21.3 mi.(970) 874-1000
Riverwood Inn677 Hwy 50 NDelta, CO21.7 mi.(970) 874-5787
Best Western Clifton Inn328 I-70 Business LoopClifton, CO27.4 mi.(970) 434-3400
Holiday Inn Express - Parachute221 Grand Valley WayParachute, CO29.0 mi.(970) 285-2330

Grand Mesa Weather & Climate

West-central Colorado has a four-season climate that is either semi-arid or alpine, depending on location. Places that are just a short distance apart can have different weather. Valley areas have a semi-arid climate, while the mountains have an alpine climate. The wettest season in western Colorado is usually winter, while June is the driest month. Summers are mild in the mountains, sometimes with a high of only around 60 degrees F. Thunderstorms are possible, and sometimes cause the temperature to drop dramatically. At the higher elevations, winters are cold with lots of snow, but with abundant sunshine in between storms. Lower areas on western slope of the Rockies have summer temperatures similar to those on the plains - hot and dry.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 15°F 3.23 in. -
February 44°F 21°F 3.27 in. -
March 53°F 27°F 4.26 in. -
April 61°F 33°F 3.19 in. -
May 71°F 40°F 2.69 in. -
June 83°F 49°F 1.31 in. -
July 88°F 55°F 2.26 in. -
August 85°F 54°F 2.37 in. -
September 77°F 46°F 2.23 in. -
October 65°F 35°F 2.66 in. -
November 49°F 25°F 3.39 in. -
December 40°F 17°F 3.03 in. -

Grand Mesa Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Blake Field (1V9) located about 18 miles southwest of Grand Mesa in Delta, Colorado, Walker Field (GJT) located approximately 31 miles west of Grand Mesa in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Garfield County Regional airport (RIL) located roughly 35 miles northeast of Grand Mesa in Rifle, Colorado, and finally the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located around 36 miles south of Grand Mesa in Montrose, Colorado.

Grand Mesa Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO32.7 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT92.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Deer Creek Village Golf CourseCedaredgeCO9.8 mi.
Devils Thumb Golf ClubDeltaCO21.7 mi.
Battlement Mesa Golf ClubBattlement MesaCO27.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO13.7 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO48.3 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO52.6 mi.
AspenAspenCO61.2 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO61.2 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO61.2 mi.
TiehackAspenCO61.2 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO76.5 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO89.6 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO93.5 mi.
VailVailCO93.5 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO101.5 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO106.3 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO116.0 mi.
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO32.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO32.7 mi.(Science)

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