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Weekend Vacation Ideas on Colorado's Western Slope

Posted: April 15, 2024 by VCK Group

Explore Colorado's Weekend Getaway Hotspots: A Guide from Grand Junction Real Estate Experts


Are you new to the grand valley and seeking an exciting weekend getaway destination? Look no further! We have some incredible destinations, from picturesque towns hidden in the mountains, to desert landscapes. Let’s dive into some of the must-visit hotspots close to the Grand Valley. 



  1. Vail

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Vail is renowned for its world-class skiing, charming village atmosphere, and stunning alpine scenery. Whether hitting the slopes in winter or exploring the hiking and biking trails in summer, Vail offers something for everyone. Take advantage of the vibrant dining scene and upscale boutiques in Vail Village for a taste of mountain luxury.

  1. Telluride

Escape to the iconic town of Telluride for a weekend of outdoor adventure and cultural delights. Surrounded by towering peaks and steeped in mining history, Telluride has incredible skiing slopes for the winter and numerous outdoor activities in the summer, from hiking and mountain biking to fly fishing and river rafting. Explore the European style village, by enjoying delightful food surrounded by nature in all its glory.

  1. Gateway, Colorado

For those craving a taste of the Wild West, Gateway, Colorado, is the ultimate destination. Right along the scenic Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway, adventure is to be found in the rugged red rock desert landscape. Explore the iconic Gateway Canyons Resort and discover thrilling activities such as off-road tours, horseback riding, and helicopter adventures. Marvel at the stunning rock formations of the nearby Colorado National Monument or embark on a scenic drive through the majestic Dolores River Canyon.

  1. Ouray

Known as the "Switzerland of America," Ouray is a hidden gem in the San Juan Mountains. With its charming Victorian architecture, natural hot springs, and access to some of the best hiking trails in Colorado, Ouray offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Take a dip in the soothing waters of the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, embark on a scenic drive along the Million Dollar Highway, or challenge yourself to a thrilling ice-climbing adventure in the winter months.

  1. Moab

Venture across the Colorado border into Utah, which is around an hour and a half drive from Grand Junction and discover the breathtaking beauty of Moab. Home to two iconic national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, Moab is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the memorizing rock formations of Arches National Park, go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip along the Colorado River, or tackle the legendary mountain biking trails of Slickrock and Porcupine Rim. After a day of adventure, unwind under the starry desert sky and experience the magic of Moab's unique beauty.


  1. Glenwood Springs

Located just a short drive from Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs is a charming mountain town renowned for its natural hot springs and outdoor recreation opportunities. Soak in the therapeutic waters of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, hike to the scenic Hanging Lake, or embark on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. If you have kids, bring them to Glenwood Cabins adventure Park, the perfect place to release some adrenaline! With its scenic beauty and abundant activities, Glenwood Springs is the perfect weekend getaway destination for those seeking relaxation and adventure.

Colorado has many wonderful weekend trip hotspots that are only a couple hours away. There is something for everyone, whether you're craving alpine adventures, desert exploration, or small-town charm. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and begin a new adventure!


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