Colorado Mesa University

Explore the Region

Life in Western Colorado

Located in the beautiful high-desert country of Western Colorado at the bottom of the world’s largest flattop mountain, Colorado Mesa University is surrounded by areas that provide unmatched opportunity for exploration.

Outdoor recreational activities range from mountain biking to whitewater rafting to alpine skiing—and much more. With mountains on one side and high-desert canyons on the other, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure and our Outdoor Program will help you explore it all. Some of the trips planned include ice climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and rock climbing just to name a few.

Grand Junction is also more than just an outdoor paradise. With an area population exceeding 145,000, students can enjoy the amenities of a big city without the hassles of heavy traffic, crowded streets or hectic airports. The city and valley have a strong sense of community and provide numerous forms of entertainment. Throughout the year there are a wide range of festivals to celebrate life in Western Colorado. From orchards and vineyards to an active downtown lifestyle to outdoor adventures, life in the Grand Valley only enhances Colorado Mesa University’s work-hard play-hard attitude.

Grand Junction has been noted for having more opportunities for outdoor recreation within a 100-mile radius of its boundaries than any other city in the Western U.S.

Skiing/Snowboarding
Powderhorn Mountain Resort (1,600 feet vertical, 220 inches annual snowfall) is located 35 miles from campus and offers season passes at a discount to students in addition to instructional ski courses offered in conjunction with the Human Performance and Wellness department.

Colorado National Monument
Within minutes from campus you can visit Grand Junction's own Grand Canyon, the Colorado National Monument. The Colorado National Monument is 23,000 acres of rock formations, arches, windows, canyons and exposed layers of earth.

Golf, Tennis, Parks, DiscGolf
Lincoln Park, across from the campus, features a nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, track, football and baseball stadiums, and tennis courts. All sports that can be enjoyed year-round.

Hiking, Biking, Blading, Canyoneering
From riverfront paved scenic pathways to the famous rugged Kokopelli byway to Moab, the area has something for everyone.

Grand Mesa
Travel from the desert canyons of the western valley to a 10,000-foot high "island in the sky" called the Grand Mesa. Explore lush spruce forests and 200 pristine lakes atop the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

Festivals, Arts, Music, Theatre
A diverse selection of activities abound in the arts, music, theatre, festivals, and culture events. Enjoy Art on the Corner, the Museum of Western Colorado, the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival, the Palisade Peach Festival and the Fruita Fat Tire Festival to name just a few.