Grand Mesa
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The world's largest flat-topped mountain is covered with stream fed lakes.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL719 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is one of the prettiest forest that I have ever been in. The drive through the park is just stunning, especially right now with all the flowers blooming. We stoped and walked along many of the larger lakes (there are over 300 lakes) and saw many people fishing and also saw someone swimming. The largest lake (Island Lake) we saw several kayaks and paddle boarders. Make sure you go up Land of Lakes hike, its not very far and is the best view in the park. The drive out to Lands End is just as beautiful, There are a couple of log cabins to explore along the way. When tou get out to the old observatory the view is amazing. Then you can drive down to 50 via a dirt road with many switchbacks, and it is narrow in many parts and you cannot pass so watch out for other cars coming up. There are several camp sites, most look like they would be more suitable for tent camping.
Written July 25, 2023
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
May 2021
We did a quick trip to the Grand Mesa years ago and vowed to come back and spend more time. This trip, we planned to amble our way across the Mesa. Well, we did, kind of.

The road is wonderful beginning with the Plateau Creek Canyon. The road winds here through some amazing sandstone cliffs. Then it's up and up and . . . The road climbs to the edge of the Mesa sometimes with really long and steep drop offs. The day was cloudy and snowy, so we didn't get many views. At the top, it was snow packed. Had hoped to go to Lookout Point. Nope. Gate closed and the road impassible. Planned on visiting the Visitor Center. Nope again. Didn't open until Memorial Day.

Sooooo, was it worth it? Yep. Even in the winter when you can't even see the valley below it's a beautiful drive and a neat experience. But go in mid-June or later when the snow has melted.
Written May 14, 2021
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LVgourmet
Las Vegas, NV49 contributions
Apr 2022
The drive to top of the Grand Mesa is a treat. The views are spectacular and the experience, memorable. We are going back in September as I want to photograph the Aspen trees in fall. We saw so many interesting things and made a few stops to take a closer look. You will need more than a day if stop and try to take a closer look at every interesting thing you see along the way and there are so many of them!!

You start at around 5,000 feet or so at the base, we saw as sign indicating that we were at 10,800 feet when we were at the top of the Mesa. This is one magical place. We will be back for more.
Written April 18, 2022
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auntieanne_7
Grand Junction, CO28 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
My husband created a birthday event for me at Thunder Mountain Lodge. We stayed in one of their pleasant cabins; complete with kitchen, bath and comfy beds. We took their 3 hour guided snowmobile tour and were impressed with the scope and variety of trails and scenery that we experienced! A wonderful experience! Would highly recommend it!
Written January 18, 2021
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arualpalm
Salt Lake City, UT304 contributions
Jun 2021
If you're beginning in Grand Junction, do not take the Route 65-50 loop all the way around. Once U.S. Forest Service land ends on Route 65, turn around and enjoy the views traveling northbound back to Grand Junction.

This is a great U.S. Forest Service Area with beautiful views. You have easy access to flat trails and nice lakes. Bring your mosquito spray though!!!
Written June 21, 2021
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO777 contributions
Jun 2022
They have camp grounds, fishing spots, and hiking trails that wrap all around the small lakes. The views are great and the weather was amazing. Even though we were there in early June, there was still some snow that blocked a few of the trails, so plan accordingly. Definitely a must-visit.
Written June 3, 2022
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Dave Gill
Castle Rock, CO34 contributions
Jun 2023
I rode my motorcycle to a professional summer conference in Grand Junction and rode back to the front range over Grand Mesa. The Grand Mesa part of the ride was fun, both twisty and steep climbing out of the valley and coming down into the town of Cedaredge. The views were spectacular.
Written July 12, 2023
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Terry
Frisco, CO3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
I skied Powderhorn downhill while my partner skied cross country. Grand Mesa has some of the best cross country trails in Colorado. Powderhorn is a small ski resort, only 3 chairs. The lodge is old but comfortable. Unfortunately there are few places to go to dinner at night. They really need a close restaurant.
Written February 6, 2023
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Pat P
Grand Junction, CO15 contributions
Jan 2020
We moved to Grand Junction about 2 years ago and love cross-country skiing at Skyway on the Grand Mesa. We absolutely love it and have met new friends. Cross country skiing at 10,600 ft. A little slice of heaven!
Written January 13, 2020
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Bee80204
Denver, CO3,902 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We have been to Grand Junction many times but I’ve never been on top of the mesa. He wanted to show it to me so we headed to the top. The drive was beautiful with lovely views. The weather was perfect. Cool but sunny. We didn’t go to the Land’s End Observatory as we wanted to keep good time and not get to the hotel late.
Stopped at Cobbett Lake. A gorgeous lake with trails and the visitor center nearby. We used the facilities and then continued the drive. The drive down afforded breathtaking views of the fall colors. Met a friendly couple who took our photos and we chatted for a bit. They were house hunting and I was jelly. What a fantastic place to move to. I look forward to driving this route again and spending time at the observatory.
Written October 16, 2022
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