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Grand Junction
 

Grand Junction, Colorado

 
Grand Junction is more than just the mid-way point between Denver and Salt Lake City. This small town on Colorado's western slope is a great place to explore the great outdoors. Home to Colorado National Monument (23,000 acres of windows, arches, and canyons) and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area, part of the 122,300-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Grand Junction boasts miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails of varying length and difficulty. But that's not all. Grand Valley, as the broader... Read More area is known, is situated on the banks of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers making it an ideal destination for fishing and rafting, both white water and float trips. And it is a primary stop on the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway. While it may be hard to imagine, this rocky, semi-arid environment on the Uncompahgre Plateau once looked more like the mouth of the Mississippi River with conifers, cycads and ferns. But what makes Grand Junction and the surrounding area a great place to hunt rocks and find bones? Thanks to mountain uplift and erosion the area's geological and paleontological history is today exposed. The Morrison formation, found here, is Late Jurassic sedimentary rock roughly 150 million years old!
Collared Lizard

Collared Lizard

Alfredo De Simone

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

National Park Service

Allosaurus

Allosaurus

Flavia Righetti

Dinosaur Dig

Dinosaur Dig

Alfredo De Simone

 
Grand Junction reviews
 

An 8 year old's favorite

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Submitted on 24 October 2007 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy

Grand Junction, the last stop on our circle tour of eastern Utah and western Colorado, was, for my 8-year-old daughter, the highlight of our 2-week road trip. The attraction? The Museum of Western Colorado's dig for a day program and small but compact Dinosaur Journey Museum. Both are ideal for budding paleontologists and dinosaur aficionados.

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