Grand Junction, Colorado

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Mount GarfieldMount Garfield (10/22/2005) Mount Garfield from Corn Lake - Colorado River State Park.

Mount GarfieldMount Garfield (09/18/2002) Mount Garfield marks the eastern end of the Book Cliffs. The mountain is one of the more notable land marks in the Grand Valley.

Little Park Preserve Management AreaLittle Park Preserve Management Area (09/19/2002) The Little Park Preserve is on the road between Grand Junction and the Colorado Monument. It is a trail head for the Taheguache Trail that runs for 142 Miles between Grand Junction and Montrose.

Book Cliffs ViewBook Cliffs View (09/19/2002) The compression algorithm blurred the details of this picture of the Book Cliffs and Grand Junction from the Book Cliffs view in Colorado National Monument.

Colorado National MonumentColorado National Monument (09/20/2002) The suburbs of Grand Junction encrouch on the monument.

Grand ValleyGrand Valley (09/20/2002) The Grand Valley from the top of Dinosaur Hill.

Grand Junction Bicycle RoutesGrand Junction Bicycle Routes (09/20/2002) The system of bicycle routes pass by the Botanical Gardens.

Children s Secret GardenChildren s Secret Garden (09/20/2002) This is the Discovery Greenhouse Castle. It has its own mote and fortress walls. The garden surround the castle is called the secret Garden. The garden also houses the Pomrenke Children's Library.

Mesa State CollegeMesa State College (09/20/2002) is a four year liberal arts college in Grand Junction

Tomlinson  Library - Mesa State CollegeTomlinson Library - Mesa State College (09/20/2002) Tomlinson Library - Mesa State College

Stocker StadiumStocker Stadium (09/20/2002) Taken from Mesa State College Campus.

Grand ValleyGrand Valley (09/21/2002) A view from Grand Mesa toward the Grand Valley.

Grand ValleyGrand Valley (09/21/2002) A view of Grand Valley from Grand Mesa.

Fishing on Corn LakeFishing on Corn Lake (10/22/2005) Fishing at Corn Lake (Colorado State Park east of Grand Junction).

US 50 BridgeUS 50 Bridge (09/20/2002) US 50 crosses the Colorado River near the Botanical Gardens near downtown Grand Junction.

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado is the largest city on Colorado's Western Slope. The town is located at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers.

Downtown Grand Junction is a classic western town, that is gradually evolving into an arts center. The freeway and air port are several miles north of downtown. The unfortunate result of this development is that most of Grand Valley has been stretched into unending miles of rather boring suburban development.

NOTE in the original surveys, the upper reaches of the Colorado River were called the Grand River. The Colorado River proper began at the confluence of the Grand and Green Rivers west of Moab, Utah. So originally, Grand Junction was on the confluence of the Grand and Gunnison Rivers.

In 1921, at the request of the Governor of Colorado, the "Grand River" was renamed the "Colorado River". This saved the State of Colorado the embarrassment of being named for a river that didn't actually flow through the state, but saddled the Grand Valley and Grand Junction with the odd distinction of being named for a river that no longer exists on the maps.


Context: Towns-Colorado

Colorado River (96 pictures) Grand Junction is at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison River.

Colorado National Monument (66 pictures) The Colorado National Monument is an impressive collection of sandstone cliffs and towers just to the South of Grand Junction.

Interstate 70 (51 pictures) Interstate 70 runs through the northern end of town.

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens (15 pictures) The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is a new feature on the shores of the Colorado River in Grand Junction.

Sunny Colorado (5 pictures) Grand Junction is the heart of the Western Slope of Colorado.

Mesa State College (15 pictures) Mesa State College is a four year liberal arts college located in the heart of Grand Junction.

Grand Mesa (34 pictures) Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain, is a few miles east of Grand Junction.

Book Cliffs (5 pictures) Mount Garfield, that towers over the northern stretch of Grand Junction, is the southwest boundary of the Book Cliffs.

Museum of Western Colorado (15 pictures) The tower at the Museum of Western Colorado provides good views of downtown Grand Junction and surrounding areas.

Highway US 6 (10 pictures) U6/50 runs through downtown Grand Junction.


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