Grand Junction’s name represents its strategic location on the map, as the junction between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River. Although the area was first officially settled by Europeans in the 1880’s, its history of human civilization dates back thousands of years. Remnants of tribal history including cave paintings and other items indicate the presences of the Ute and Fremont tribes in what is today known as Grand Junction.
Near Grand Mesa, the city is often referred to as the Capital of the Western Slope and will strike all who come with awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument. This City in the West holds hundreds of mountain biking trails, whitewater rafting, and stunning green fairways that stand out against the Redland Desert. Not only is the distinctive scenery a trademark of Grand Junction, but the city has also come to be known as Colorado’s Wine Country. Supported by the major fruit growing region that is known as Grand Valley, several wineries have been established over the past years, indicative of the city’s nickname. A one of a kind city, the only way to truly understand the unparalleled western beauty of Grand Junction is to experience it!