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Sightseeing on the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway

Located between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River on the Western border of Colorado, the Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world with an area of about 500 square miles.

A safe, comfortable year-round drive along the 63-mile Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway climbs through the amazing mile high pinon-juniper desert canyon of Plateau Creek, followed by shimmering aspen and aromatic pine forests, meadows of wildflowers, scattered lily ponds, endless sparkling lakes and alpine forest at 11,000 feet.

Scenic overlooks, rest areas, trails, and picnic areas along the byway provide breathtaking views of the Grand Valley more than a mile below, the LaSal Mountains in Utah 60 miles to the West, the West Elk Mountains to the East, and the San Juan Mountains 90 miles to the South.

Grand Mesa Network Communities

Mesa, CO

Downtown Mesa has cafes, gift shops and a country market to supply travelers.

Mesa, CO 81643

Located on the North side of the Grand Mesa in a geographic area known as Plateau Valley.

Cedaredge, CO

Cedaredge sits beneath the southern slopes of the Grand Mesa in the Surface Creek Valley.

Cedaredge, CO 81413

Known as the "Gateway to the Grand Mesa" with a mountain-town atmosphere which produces apples, peaches, and wine from the area's many vineyards.

Delta, CO

Delta was built as a trading post for the native Ute tribe and early pioneers.

Delta, CO 81416

Named because of its location on the delta, where the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River come together.

Palisade, CO

Palisade is located to the North of the Grand Mesa along the Colorado River.

Palisade, CO 81526

Known as the "Peach Capital of Colorado" due to the climate, a 182-day growing season, and an average 78 percent of sunshine.

Outdoor activities around the Grand Mesa National Forest

Excellent outdoor recreational activies around the Grand Mesa include fishing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, big game hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, boating, backcountry access, downhill skiing / snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

Local fishing has been promoted since 1893, where more than 300 stream-fed lakes are teaming with rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. Many of the lakes can be reached by RV and 4WD, while others can only be accessed by a quiet hike.

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Featured Places Around the Grand Mesa

Alexander Lake Lodge

Cedaredge, CO

Alexander Lake Lodge

Apple Shed Arts Complex

Cedaredge, CO

Apple Shed Arts Complex

Aspen Trails Campground

Cedaredge, CO

Aspen Trails Campground

Blink Coffee Company

Mesa, CO

Blink Coffee Company

Cedaredge Golf Club

Cedaredge, CO

Cedaredge Golf Club

Devil's Thumb Golf Club

Delta, CO

Devil's Thumb Golf Club

Local organic farms, orchards and vineyards

Apples, peaches, grapes, cherries and pears are grown locally on orchards and vineyards to the North and South of the Grand Mesa. More than half of the apples, cherries and pears from Colorado are grown locally.

More than a dozen wineries and cideries are located nearby and that number grows each year.

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Exploding food and wine scene

Agritourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.

Agritourists can choose from a wide range of activities that include picking fruits and vegetables, riding horses, tasting honey, learning about wine and cheesemaking, or shopping in farm gift shops and farm stands for local and regional produce or hand-crafted gifts..

Looking to take some of Colorado with you? A local company offers gold pans filled with "Made in Colorado" products like food, skin care, household, pet products, candles, soaps, books, CDs, and greeting cards.

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