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About Grand Junction and the Surrounding Area

Grand Junction is the largest community between Denver and Salt Lake City and the center of business, professional and cultural activities for an extensive geographic area. As the result of being a regional “hub”, Grand Junction possesses the amenities and opportunities of a city several times larger.

Traditionally an area of agriculture, energy and tourism, Grand Junction has attracted new services and light manufacturing, helping to broaden the economic base. The community offers a strong public school system, a four-year college with post-graduate programs, a symphony orchestra, regional arts center, museums, major medical facilities, an extensive parks and recreation program, golf, tennis and athletic facilities.

The Grand Junction area enjoys four distinct seasons, all generally mild in nature. Sunny, dry weather is abundant, allowing residents to take advantage of the numerous outdoor recreational opportunities available in western Colorado and eastern Utah.

The resort areas of Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, Telluride and Powderhorn are all easily accessible to enjoy winter and summer sports, cultural events and festivals. Close to the Grand Junction area are some of the finest mountain and canyon areas in the Rocky Mountain region ideal for skiing, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, road and mountain bicycling and whitewater river rafting.