At an elevation of 4,586 feet, Grand Junction is surrounded on the north, south, and east by mesas and mountains reaching heights of 9,000 to 10,500 feet. Grand Junction is the county seat of Mesa County and has an almost limitless amount of amenities and things to do in and around town. As residents say "To Live Here is to Love It," and no wonder, with its moderate summers, spectacular spring and fall and mild winters.
Mesa County begins at the east border of Utah and Grand Junction sits just 28 miles further east near the convergence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. This beautiful oasis is nestled between towering rock formations and beautiful, lush mountain ranges. Thanks to its unique landscapes and climate, Grand Junction offers unlimited outdoor recreation activities. From winter skiing to mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing, hunting and camping, Grand Junction area is a place of year-round enjoyment.
The Grand Junction metro area hosts several community and cultural events throughout the year. Residents are entertained with baseball games at the Junior College Baseball World Series (JUCCO), the beautiful sounds of the Grand Junction Symphony, fine wine tasting at any of the several vineyards in the valley and more.
Western Colorado is simply beautiful. Graced with roaring rapids of the Colorado River, wind carved sandstone, fertile farmland, vineyards, and orchards, the largest towering flat-top mountain in the world (The Grand Mesa) and the Uncompahgre Plateau, Grand Junction is truly unique. A place of many natural wonders, Grand Junction/Fruita is home of Kokopelli's Trail, real Dinosaur excavations and hands-on Paleontology exhibits.
Mesa County Valley School District 51 serves the educational needs of more than 20,000 students in K-12th grade. The district offers four comprehensive high schools as well as an alternative school and a career center. It encompasses the area known as the Grand Valley that includes smaller surrounding communities including Palisade and Clifton to the east; Fruita, Loma and Mack to the west; and Whitewater and Gateway to the south.
Students from all over the United States and overseas attend the four-year Colorado Mesa University which offers an extended curriculum that meets the needs of most people pursuing a professional career.
Grand Junction's history dates back more than 100 years. In the late 1800s, Grand Junction was part of the Northern Ute Reservation. The area was first known as Ute and then West Denver before it received its present day name. Soon after the creation of Mesa County, Grand Junction became the county seat. The area began to flourish with the development of the main line of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1887. Irrigation helped develop the Grand Valley into a fertile agricultural area. Today, Grand Junction's economy is fueled by a number of light manufacturing, retail and service industries. The city is home to four area hospitals, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center (Level I Trauma hospital with air life service of 200 mile radius), Community Hospital, Family Health West (includes an Alzheimer's unit), and a Veterans Hospital (includes a nursing home). Grand Junction Regional Airport offers regular flights to Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California. Tourism also plays a big role in the strength of the economy.