Gearing up for Spring in the Grand Valley
As temperatures start to rise and ski hills close for the season, many of us hang up our skis and tune up our bikes. When the orchards begin to bloom in Palisade we start getting excited for Spring activities in the Grand Valley. We love hiking and many of the area trails have waterfalls and potholes during the Spring runoff. One of our favorite outings is going for a great hike in Colorado National Monument or Bangs Canyon and then stopping for a well-earned beer or glass of wine at one of our area breweries or wineries.
We also love being on the water. We have a great time exploring the area's lakes, reservoirs, and the Colorado River on our kayaks. We like to go in the early morning when it is quiet and the wildlife is active; Sarah once counted 27 great blue herons along a 13 mile float down the river! We launch from Grand Junction, float down the river for a few hours, and then grab the valley's best pizza at The Hot Tomato in Fruita.
There's no shortage of festivals either! Barrel Into Spring is a four-day event where wineries offer barrel tastings paired with small bites. The Grand Valley Beerfest is a celebration of beer and spirits from local and national brands. For the more adventurous, you can choose to participate (or just watch) the GJ Rides & Vibes; with multiple types of rides to choose from and great music, food, and drink to enjoy, this festival has something for everyone.
Springtime is one of our favorite times for adventures in and around the Grand Valley because the days are getting longer, it's not too hot, and there's no shortage of fun things to do.
Sarah and Jason