Western Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide

CO National Monument

 
(970) 858-3617 x360
https://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

The geological marvel of the Colorado National Monument is just 17 miles from the Urban Ranch Venue, this is an incredible drive through spectacular red sandstone canyons.  Pack water and snacks and enjoy one of the many hikes along the route.   Keep your eyes out for Bighorn sheep, deer, raven, fox, and more.   This is a fee area.

Grand Mesa National Forest

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Want to say you've been to the top of the largest flat-topped mountain in the world?  Grand Mesa National Forest is filled with back country nature trails and adventure opportunities.  If you are planning an event in the fall, these vibrant Aspen trees always give an incredible color show.     

Mining and Ghost Towns

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Check out this great guide to Colorado Ghost and Mining Towns.  

This site even offers a free local's guide and links to amazing Colorado opportunities like ice climbing in Ouray,  skiing in Aspen, attending festivals in Telluride, or soaking in one of many mineral hot springs.

Mountain Biking Trails

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"The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization of volunteer mountain bikers dedicated to advocating for, building, and maintaining sustainable singletrack mountain bike trails on the Colorado Plateau in Western Colorado."  


Want to learn more about the Tour de Bloom, Power the Plunge, Rat Race,  Mog Fest, or check out interactive trail maps?  This is the site for you!

Power Boating

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  Jet Boat Colorado allows you to experience the most exciting jet boat tours on the Colorado River! From their base on the Colorado River in De Beque, Colorado you will be riding in a custom New Zealand style Jet Boat through the breathtaking scenery of Colorado’s mountains and canyon country. Sit back and let their expert drivers show you the best time you have ever had on the river. 



Horseback Riding & Rafting

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 Looking for an energetic and unique vacation experience?  


Rimrock Adventures offers all your outdoor vacation trips possible!  They offer rafting, horseback rides, multiple day trips, and equipment rentals for kayaks, canoes, and SUPs.


Say hi to Shelly or Gwendolyn and tell them that we sent you!

Art, Shopping, and Museums

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 "The Museums of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past fifty years,  they have grown to include three major museum facilities –   Cross Orchards Historic Site, Dinosaur Journey Museum, and the Museum of the West; a respected research library – the Loyd Files Research Library; and four active outdoor paleontology sites. They offer a multitude of programs featuring dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming, and historic and cultural trips and tours, ranging from local to international."

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 "Dinosaur Journey is a regional paleontological and geological museum that tells the story of the history of life in western Colorado and surrounding areas with real fossils, cast skeletons, and robotic reconstructions of dinosaurs. The hands-on, interactive museum includes over 15,000 fossil specimens."   

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 "At the Museums of Western Colorado’s Cross Orchards Historic Site, you have the opportunity to step back in time. Stroll around the beautiful grounds and experience historic buildings, railroad cars and vintage equipment, and agricultural heritage. The large 1890s built barn/packing shed and bunkhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

With over 12 acres, Cross Orchards offers many opportunities."

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"Experience western Americana at its best through thousands of years of history. 'Ride' in a stagecoach, 'fly' a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field, or gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi. Study Ute and Fremont Rock Art, see the real firearms that outlaws used, sit in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit the Pastime saloon – all at the Museum of the West!"

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Want to walk where the dinosaurs roamed and see some remains?    


Learn more and get maps to local Dinosaur Trails (Dinosaur Hill Trail, Riggs Hill Trail, and other Dinosaur trails in the Fruita area).

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 Historic downtown Grand Junction's eclectic shopping and art district is just a short jaunt from our venue.  Boasting great dining, art, nightlife, antiquing, coffee shops,  Downtown Grand Junction is a great way to spend your day and capture fun photos while you go.  You can even sit on this awesome bike crafted by local artist and friend, Alvin Sessions. 

Spirits and Nightlife

Colorado Wine Country

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The Urban Ranch Venue is in the heart of luscious Palisade fruit and wine country.  


Enjoy touring the local mead and wineries while checking out the arts and crafts that are on display.  One of the tasting rooms even has fudge tasting!  


Make sure to take the fruit and wine scenic byway to  East Orchard Mesa and visit our friends at Carlson's Vineyards.  They make the sweetest, romantic concoctions.    

Craft Beer

Palisade Brewing Company.  Best beer in wine country.

 Want to try some of the local 

Colorado brews right by our venue?


"While the folks at Palisade Brewing Company always strive to be original and innovative with their beer, they also don't turn their backs on the European fundamentals that define craft brewing. They are constantly pushing to keep up with the evolving palette of the craft beer community in Colorado, and keep the rather colorful locals happy all at the same time. "

Spirits & Distillery

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We love Davy and the folks from Palisade Peach Street Distillers.   


"OK, so they're not superheroes. They're just a group of guys who can’t stop tinkering, tasting, concocting, tasting and pushing themselves to create the most inspired and impressive spirits imaginable."


This fabulous distillery is within biking distance of our venue. 

Cider, Fruit, & Juices

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 Talbott's Farms is located in Palisade, Colorado which is west of Denver and just slightly east of Grand Junction. They are located on Palisade's fruit and wine byway and are a favorite among bicyclists and Sunday drivers.

  "As each harvest season approaches, consumers eagerly await the arrival of the renowned Palisade Peaches and the opportunity to rekindle that memory of sinking their teeth into a golden ripe peach leaving sweet juice running down their chins."

Area Nightlife

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Grand Valley Live has a great online event's calendar for the area's top venues.  


Feel like dancing, listening to some music, attending an art opening, or singing some karaoke?      


This is a great resource to help you find the perfect spot to enjoy your Colorado vacation.

Bluegrass & Roots Festival

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 Want a luxury glamping experience during the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival or Colorado Mountain Wine Fest?  


Or maybe you've always dreamed of getting married and having a great music festival as part of your weekend of love?


We've got you covered.  Book the weekend in our Airstream of Dreams for your next Palisade Festival experience.  

Other Area Delights

Palisade Events

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  • Palisade Peach Festival
  • Colorado Mountain Winefest
  • Colorado Vintage Custom Motorcycle Show
  • Edesia-Culinary Wine & Spirits Adventure
  • Honeybee Festival
  • Grand Valley Bank Brews & Cruise Festival
  • Grand Valley Marathon
  • Barrel into Spring-wine tasting
  • Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival
  • Lavender Festival
  • Art and Chocolate Walk
  • Olde Fashioned Christmas 

Colorado Mountain Winefest

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Take in all that Colorado Winefest has to offer from food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings, educational seminars and more.


The “Festival in the Park” takes place in Palisade, Colorado in September.


It is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars. 

Farmer's Markets

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Check out area Farmer's Markets for fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  


Palisade Sunday Farmer's Market

Sunday, June 9 to September 22, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Downtown Palisade, Third and Main Streets 

Palisade Sunday Farmers Market is a popular Sunday market, featuring fresh produce from the heart of farm and lavender country.

Honeybee Festival

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The Palisade International Honeybee Festival was created by a group of business owners in Palisade, Colorado wanting to gather the community in celebration of it’s agricultural roots and to bring attention to the threatened honeybee population.   Join them every April for educational opportunities, chef demonstrations utilizing Palisade honey products, local vendors, honey wines, costume contests and other fun family activities. 

First Fridays - Art Hop

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A favorite among local artist and art-lovers, First Fridays in Grand Junction are a great way to experience the wide variety of artistic talent in the area.  Numerous art venues and galleries throughout the valley are open late on the first Friday of each month 


First Fridays typically begin around 6 p.m. and go until around 9.




Glamping and Campsites

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Whether you are heading to camp in Colorado or planning you next staycation,  

Colorado parks make the perfect setting for affordable, family-friendly vacations. Weekdays offer your pick of prime campsites, cabins, or yurts and allow you time to explore and discover Colorado’s diverse landscapes and attractions.

Click the photo above for a great Park Finder link to learn more.


Also, be sure to look into availability for our Airstream of Dreams for that luxurious glamping experience.  You can book now through the link below.  

Happy Camping!

Come camp in Colorado glamping style