The Grand Valley is a geographic region on the Western Slope of Colorado that encompasses the towns of Grand Junction, Fruita, Loma, and Palisade.
On our previous list, we used the label “Fruita” to include all of the Grand Valley, but that’s quite honestly a misnomer, as there are plenty of top-notch trails located in Grand Junction, Palisade, Loma, and in the middle of friggin’ nowhere (Rabbit Valley, anyone?) that all comprise this destination.
While this region has long been ranked as a top-level destination, the folks in the Grand Valley continue to build trails and improve the mountain bike offerings, and as tourism has increased, so has the infrastructure like restaurants and micro-breweries to support it.
The closest ski resort to the Grand Valley is Powderhorn, located up on the Grand Mesa. While Powderhorn doesn’t nearly have the quality of natural snow or terrain that most other Colorado resorts offer, they’ve just opened two brand-new downhill mountain biking trails, to capitalize on the region’s ever-increasing mountain bike tourism… and they plan to build even more!