"Grandest Junction in the West" Grand Junction by goodfish

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"It's a grand junction, grand junction,

grandest junction in the West!

I been out on the line for a long old time

I'm goin' back to the junction I love the best."

We pulled into the largest of western Colorado towns with this song from folk favorite and Iowa homeboy, Greg Brown, humming through my head. With the only decent-sized airport in the region, we'd flown in and out of here via Denver on a previous hiking jaunt in 2004 and did the same, via Phoenix, for a return trip in 2011. Both stays were overnighters without a lot of time to explore all that this city - named for its location on the confluence of Colorado and Gunnison rivers - has to offer but just enough to take a look-see or two and find a favorite pub.

In 2004 we landed into town early enough in the day to take a run through Colorado National Monument, a gander at the area wineries (and spring for a very nice bottle of local port) and do some window shopping downtown. This last trip, a longer drive and cleaning two weeks of red dirt out of the rental truck left us just enough time for a return visit to that favorite ale house and a stretch of the legs down 'Hotel Row' on Horizon Drive.

It's a friendly, casual place, though; more cowboy boots and denim than the hiking boots and cargo shorts that were almost de rigueur in eastern Utah but with just as many outdoor activities within shoutin' distance. And like Greg, we'll be goin' back to this grandest Junction when we have a hankerin' for the red rock of our favorite region of the U.S.

  • Last visit to Grand Junction: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Aug 29, 2012
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