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KOKOPELLI TRAIL • WILD MUSTANGS OF THE GRAND VALLEY • DOWNTOWN FRUITA PALISADE MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES • ADVENTURE IN RETIREMENT EUREKA MATH & SCIENCE CENTER FOR KIDS • HOT YOGA • FRENCH CUISINE IN GRAND JUNCTION


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MEET THE TEAM BROOK CALHOON Publisher

This edition of Relocating to Colorado’s Grand Valley magazine marks our 5th year of publication! The magazine was created to show just how beautiful the Grand Valley is and what a wonderful place it is to call home. My husband, four boys and I have enjoyed the Colorado National Monument for short day hikes. We love that in an hour we can be surrounded by aspen trees on the Grand Mesa for weekend camping trip. And we are perfectly content sitting on our back patio where views of the Monument, Bookcliffs and the Mesa surround us. Our teens can ride bikes “around town” and head down to the local fishing and swimming spot, Snooks Bottom on the Colorado River. The boys have learned to ski and snowboard at Powderhorn Resort, just 45 minutes away. We enjoy the small town feel of farmers markets and parades on Main Street, but are lucky enough to have some big city perks such as great healthcare, sports organizations, and really good restaurants. I hope Relocating to Colorado’s Grand Valley not only entices you to live here, but that the magazine serves as a helpful tool when making your move to this area. With Love, Brook Calhoon

KRISTAL FRANKLIN Creative Director

A Colorado girl through and through, Kristal made her home in Fruita in the summer of 2011. Being independent and with a keen eye for design, she founded Kristal Graphics in 2004. Kristal loves travel, golf, camping and spending time with friends and family.

SHARON SULLIVAN Editor and Writer

Sharon Sullivan is a Grand Junction-based freelance writer and editor. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, backpacking and attending western Colorado’s outdoor music concerts with her husband John.

KEN REDDING

Director of Photography

Renowned photographer Ken Redding has a diverse portfolio of images ranging from sports and landscapes to golf and interiors. He has an extensive collection of stock photography as well as a wide range of clients that include ad agencies, golf and apparel companies, magazines, annual reports, and interior designers and builders. kenreddingphotography.com

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Brook Calhoon

Office Manager

Abbie Blossom is the office manager for both Relocating to Colorado’s Grand Valley magazine and Welcome Home. She is also a stylist and planner for many local weddings and events.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Kristal Franklin / Kristal Graphics

EDITOR

Sharon Sullivan

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/FRONT COVER Ken Redding

SALES

Brook Calhoon, Carol Morrow, Abbie Blossom, Glenda O’Halloran, Michelle Ellis

MICHELLE ELLIS Sales

Michelle is a professional photographer who lives in Fruita. When asked “why sales?” I just happen to be good at selling things I’m passionate about!

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Carol enjoyed a successful career with Continental Airlines followed by 17 years of selling real estate in the Grand Valley. She has a big love for people and enjoys this Valley and all it has to offer.

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GLENDA O’HALLORAN Sales

Glenda is an independent woman who has been in sales and marketing for 30 years. She moved to the Grand Valley in 2011, from Colorado Springs. She recently became an empty nester and is actively involved in our community as a member of the Grand Junction Lions Club.


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PALISADE, COLORADO

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Meet the Publisher and the Team Meet the Contributors

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OUTDOORS & RECREATION

12 Glade Park Horse Sanctuary 18 McInnis Canyons 22 Rafting the Colorado River 26 Mountain Biking Near Fruita 30 Explore Rabbit Valley 34 The Grand Mesa 36 Snowmobiling on the Mesa

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

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Life Happens Here Downtown Shopping & Dining Triple Play Records

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

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Factory Coworking Space

GRAND VALLEY DINING

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Le Rouge Restaurant Publisher’s Picks

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

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Half Moon Yoga Mesa Women’s Health Bloomin’ Babies Trailhead Clinics

RETIREMENT

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Dennis and Mary Young

EDUCATION & SCHOOLS

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Eureka! McConnell Science Museum

FRUITA, COLORADO

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Over the Edge Sports Roan Creek Ranch Grocery

Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries Palisade’s Art and Agriculture

GRAND VALLEY REAL ESTATE

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Choosing an Area to Live

DAY TRIPS

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Visit Glenwood Springs

MAP AND CHARTS

16 Colorado National Monument Map 17 Camping/Biking/Hiking/State Parks 20 Ruby-Horsethief Campsites Map 24 Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Map 28 Kokopelli Loops Trail Map 32 McInnis Canyons National 35 66 68 78 79 90

Conservation Area Map Activities/Golf Courses School District 51 Map Kids & Family To-Dos Orchards & Fruit Stands Wineries & Tasting Rooms Helpful Information


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MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS MARNIE BINGHAM - WRITER Marnie has been a registered nurse for 18 years. Originally from Utah, she relocated to Fruita 11 years ago with her husband, two boys and two dogs. Marnie and her family love the Fruita area for its vast outdoor activities.

JODI BUCHAN - WRITER Jodi Buchan is a story explorer who came to Colorado by way of North Dakota. She is the author of numerous local and national magazine articles. Her book Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History takes readers on a journey where the peach dictates time, and vines are cause for celebration. DANIELLE HAGE - PHOTOGRAPHER Danielle is a lifestyle photographer, freelance graphic designer and owner of Birch and Twine Photography. She also works in the marketing department at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties doing corporate design, branding, and social media management.

ABIGAIL M. GARTON - WRITER Abigail M. Garton is an English-Writing major and Editor in Chief for Horizon Magazine at CMU. Her passion in activism and her love of creative non-fiction and poetry bleed together in her writing. She is currently working on a feminist-focused poetry collection of self-discovery.

EVAN LINKO - WRITER Evan Linko is a freelance reporter who has lived in Grand Junction for more than 20 years. Linko attended Grand Junction High School and later Colorado Mesa University, where he studied journalism.

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JOE NEUHOF - WRITER As a nonprofit professional with a deep love for public lands, Joe is the founding Executive Director of Colorado Canyons Association. Living in the valley since 2005, Joe can be found adventuring with his dogs, playing music with friends, or serving on one of several community nonprofit boards. ROBB REECE - PHOTOGRAPHER Robb Reece is an accomplished photographer and Colorado native. When not shooting photos, he’s out trail running, cycling and adventuring around the globe with his wife and two children. Contact: Robb Reece 970.261.8103 or robb@robbreecephotography.com AARON REYNOLDS - WRITER Aaron Reynolds is a freelance writer that contributes regularly to the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor newspaper, as well as co-founder of FitRated.com. From an early age he was introduced to the wonderful outdoors of Colorado and now enjoys spending his time hiking through the Redlands or fishing and camping on the Grand Mesa. CARRINGTON SCHAEFFER - WRITER Carrington Schaeffer is a writer, podcaster, actress, and creative based in Fruita. In 2005, she and her husband launched Hoptocopter™ Films, a creative video production company for which she is the principal copywriter, editor, and voice over artist. In her spare time, Carrington is a mother of two little boys, a freelance writer, and a baker of cakes and pies. MELISSA STATLER - PHOTOGRAPHER Melissa Statler graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2016. Melissa is a freelance writer and photographer on the Western Slope. She and her husband also enjoy playing acoustic music together and performing at local venues.

TYLER LOGAN - PHOTOGRAPHER Tyler is a Colorado native and local professional photographer. With years behind the camera, he approaches each new series of photos with fresh eyes and ideas. Tyler is inspired by the beauty and spirit Colorado offers. When not behind the camera, in the cutting room, or working on odd projects, Tyler enjoys his time with his family.

COLE WILSON - WRITER Cole Wilson is a Colorado native who has lived in the Grand Valley for three years. He is currently working towards a degree at Colorado Mesa University and will graduate in 2019.

MIKE MORAN - WRITER Mike Moran relocated to the Grand Valley in 1997 from Rochester NY. Mike worked for 31-years in the media world as sports producer, anchor and reporter. Mike is now a realtor and co-manager for Heiden Homes Realty. He teaches Speechmaking classes at CMU and is the advisor for the campus Circle K Kiwanis Club.

ROBBIE URQUHART - WRITER Robbie Urquhart is a freelance writer living in Fruita, CO where she enjoys all that the area offers. You may find her on the trails, in the pool, or sitting on one of the many benches in town.

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GLADE PARK HORSE SANCTUARY BRINGS HUMANS AND WILD MUSTANGS TOGETHER

WRITTEN BY JODI BUCHAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

A short distance east of the Grand Valley is the Little Book Cliffs Horse Area, a 36,000-acre public use trail area and home to an estimated 165 wild mustangs. The horses roam in bands – family units – over rocky terrain of ridges and canyons, and through natural parks of sagebrush and juniper. They graze these public lands, seeking water where they can find it, staying close to one another for community and safety. These herds of stud, mares, and their young share the arid habitat with bands of bachelor stallions and other wildlife of the range: the elk and the bear, the raccoon and the rattlesnake, the grey fox and the golden eagle, the bighorn sheep and the mountain lion. These horses, however, are a wild breed unlike the other inhabitants of the range. The wild mustangs are descendants of once-domesticated horses of Spanish explorers that later bred with other freed horses; they are wild in the sense that they are feral, ownerless. Roaming the Little Book Cliffs range are blue and red roans, sorrels, grays, blacks, and bays, as well as paints, palominos and even some appaloosas. Many of the horses, while

free-roaming, are relatively accustomed to seeing humans as photographers, hikers, and horseback riders often frequent the area’s trails. The mustangs also encounter Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land managers who monitor the area, as well as volunteers from Friends of the Mustangs, a nonprofit that works to protect and preserve the wild horses. RELOCATEGV.COM

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Under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is responsible for the “unbranded,” and “unclaimed” horse populations in the United States. The federal agency is responsible for maintaining an “ecological balance to the range,” by determining the appropriate number of horses the area can healthily sustain. As of March 2017, horse and burro numbers exceeded their “appropriate management level” ideal by 26,715 nationwide. The BLM is required to remove these excess horses in order to “protect the range from the deterioration associated with overpopulation.” The Little Book Cliffs is one of 177 BLM Herd Management Areas in ten western states. Managing the herd is labor intensive, requiring many hands-on horse-lovers from the BLM and horse advocacy groups like Friends of the Mustangs. The Friends group, comprised of members with extensive equine experience, has been nationally recognized for its support and vital role in the day-to-day Little Book Cliffs herd management. Friends name the mustangs, watch them grow, and advocate for their wel-

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fare. Activities include checking and repairing both natural and tank water sources, repairing fences and trails, and herding strays back onto the BLM’s herd management area, in addition to aiding the primary management strategies: genetic diversity, fertility control, and adoption. The introduction of horses from other herd management areas ensures that the gene pool expands and diversifies to reduce inbreeding, producing a healthier stock. To control population, fertility control is implemented by injecting mares with contraceptive vaccines. And, when necessary, after extensive monitoring of range and animal conditions, the BLM and Friends of the Mustangs physically remove the wild horses. ADOPTING A WILD MUSTANG Removing the horses from the range begins with “a gather,” or round-up, where the mustangs are herded or lured into a corral. Selected horses are removed from the range and transferred to a holding facility such as the Wild Horse Inmate Program in Canon City, Colorado. There the horses are “processed” (vaccinated,

wormed, marked), and trained – saddle-broken or halter-broken – for public adoption. Friends members assist in the adoption event, and sometimes even adopt mustangs themselves. For Friends volunteer and Steadfast Steeds co-founder Tracy Scott, it was a life-changing moment when she and her husband Blaine Scott, a Grand Junction pastor and life coach, adopted a wild horse of their own. The Scotts were moved to do more than save a wild horse. In nearby Glade Park, the couple established Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary, a non-profit with a mission “devoted to showcasing America’s wild horse as a ‘living national treasure’ in a publicly accessible environment.” “Everything at Steadfast Steeds has its roots in meeting Ditto,” Tracy says of the pregnant mustang mare she adopted. The adoption of Ditto (renamed Izzy) and her foal led to the founding of the retreat center for both horses and people. If not for the rescue, Ditto would have been destined to join more than 45,000 “off range” or “unsold” mustangs across the


country who are relegated to holding pens, Midwestern pastures, or sold to other countries for slaughter. With a 360-degree view of the sky, the sanctuary property includes thirty acres of pasture for thirteen socialized horses and a band of six wild mustangs, plus a 12-acre activity area where visitors come for “Wild Horse Expeditions” to interact with the socialized mustangs. Through guided interaction, participants learn self-awareness, communication, and resilience. With Tracy taking the lead in the ring, Blaine applies horse power strategies for people seeking help with stress management, family support, and senior care. He helps caregivers manage burnout, provides spiritual guidance that fosters hope, and aids those in the grieving process. The Scotts hope to create relationships between people and horses, raise awareness of the wild mustangs’ plight, and encourage adoptions of the wild horses – a core motivation for Steadfast Steeds. Their services include assisting and advising those with newly adopted

VIEWING TIPS: Best chances to see horses are mornings and evenings Check the weather prior to visit, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water Do not chase, approach, or try to pet the horses Bring binoculars and/or camera Check with BLM office for seasonal herd locations For printable map and directions for the two entrances, visit friendsofthemustangs.org

mustangs to help cultivate a successful placement. They adopt out their own mustangs and are a foster family home for other wild horses, gentling them in preparation for adoption. It is their dream that wild mustangs are “set free from the bondage of holding” and “allowed to realize a new freedom, a new family and a familiar way of life.” For Tracy Scott the experience of Steadfast Steeds Sanctuary is more than saving mustangs and self-awareness, it’s about the human/animal bond: “When a wild horse touches our heart, our heart touches theirs’.” R FOR MORE INFORMATION: Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary 1411 S. 16 ½ Rd Glade Park 81523 www.steadfaststeeds.org 970-241-0939 Friends of the Mustangs www.friendsofthemustangs.org RELOCATEGV.COM

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GRAND VALLEY CAMPING  ureau of Land Management-Grand Junction including McInnis B canyons and Dominguez-Escalante National conservative areas Colorado National Monument Colorado State Parks Reservations Fruita State Park Grand Mesa National Forest Highline State Park Island Acres State Park Junction West RV Park KOA Mobile City RV Park Uncompahgre National Forest Vega State Park

LOCATION blm.gov

970-244-3000

Colorado National Monument Colorado State Parks I-70 & Exit 19, Fruita Grand Mesa National Forest 1800 11.8 Road, Loma I-70 At Exit 47, Debeque 793 22 Rd., Grand Junction 2819 US-50, Grand Junction 2322 Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction Uncompahgre National Forest Box 186, Collbran

970-858-3617 800-678-2267 970-858-9188 970-242-8211 970-858-9188 970-858-7208 970-245-8531 970-242-2527 970-242-9291 970-245-8531 970-242-8211

GRAND VALLEY BIKING TRAILS Colorado Riverfront Trails Horsethief Bench Loop Joe's Ridge Trail Kokopelli's Loop Trails Area Lunch Loop Bike Park Mary's Loop Trail - Kokopelli's Loop Trails Area Rattlesnake Arches Loop Rustler's Loop

LOCATION 544 Rood Ave, Grand Junction Loma Exit #15, Loma 18 Road Trail System, Fruita Loma Exit, Fruita Monument Road, Grand Junction Loma Exit #15, Loma 10 Miles West Of Grand Junction Loma Exit #15, Loma

BIKE SHOPS & RENTALS Bicycle Outfitters Brown Cycles Colorado Backcountry Biker Grassroots Cycles Over The Edge Sports Rapid Creek Cycles & Paddleboards Ruby Canyon Cycles The Bike Shop

LOCATION 537 N. 1st St, Grand Junction 549 Main St, Grand Junction 150 S Park Square, Fruita 401 Colorado Ave, Grand Junction 202 E Aspen, Fruita 237 S Main St, Palisade 301 Main St, Grand Junction 950 North Ave, Grand Junction

GRAND VALLEY HIKING 18 Road Trails Area Audobon Trail Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Mica Mine Trail Devils Kitchen Trail Liberty Cap Trail Lunch Loop Bike Park Monument Canyon Trail Mt. Garfield Trail No Thoroughfare Canyon Old Spanish Trail Ottos Trail Rapid Creek Trail Serpents Trail Tabeguache Trail Ute Petroglyph Trail

LOCATION Fruita Grand Junction Little Park Road, Grand Junction Monument Road, Grand Junction Wildwood Drive, Grand Junction Monument Road, Grand Junction Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction Mount Garfield, Palisade Colorado National Monument, Fruita Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction John Ottos Trail, Colorado National Monument Northwest Side Of The Grand Mesa, Palisade Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction Monument Road, Grand Junction East of the town of Palisade

CITY AND STATE PARKS City of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department Canyon View Park Lincoln Park/Stocker Stadium/Suplizio Field Colorado State Parks James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Corn Lake Section James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Connected Lake Section James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Wildlife Area Section James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Fruita Section Highline Lake State Park James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Island Acres Section Vega State Park

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MCINNIS CANYONS A SANDSTONE TREASURE IN WESTERN COLORADO!

Heading west on I-70, just past Colorado National Monument, you’ll find one of the best places to recreate in western Colorado. McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is a little-known sandstone paradise where Grand Valley residents go to raft, hike, bike, climb, drive ATVs and jeeps, ride horses, and camp. It’s also a fabulous area to watch wildlife, go bird-watching, and view various desert ecology. McInnis Canyons was preserved by U.S. Congress for the public enjoyment and protection of its many natural wonders, including desert bighorn sheep. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, McInnis Canyons NCA Is the heart and soul of Grand Valley’s recreational opportunities. Perhaps the most impressive site in McInnis Canyons is Rattlesnake Arches. Don’t worry too much about the name, as you probably won’t see a rattlesnake. However, you will see the second highest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world. This collection of natural arches is stunning and off the beaten path.

TO GET TO RATTLESNAKE ARCHES:

From Grand Junction, take I-70 west to the Fruita exit 19. Turn left at the off-ramp and follow the signs to Colorado National Monument. Enter the Monument and travel 11 miles to the Glade Park turnoff at 16.5 Road

on the right. Go 0.2 miles to Black Ridge Access Road on the right. (there will be a kiosk and signage for McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area). It is 13 miles to the trailhead. CAUTION: a high clearance vehicle is mandatory and 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. The last 2 miles are very rough. The roads are impassable when wet. Weather permitting: The upper access road is open from April 15 to August 14. The lower road is open from August 15 to February 14. Motorized travel is prohibited from February 15 - April 15. IMPORTANT: the trailhead and trail are day-use only. Overnight camping is prohibited.

This issue of Relocating to Colorado’s Grand Valley features three articles highlighting some of the best adventures in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is excited to share this place with you and as the “Friends” group for the Western Slope’s three NCAs we ask that when you are visiting your public lands please practice “Leave No Trace” principals and pay close attention to your own health and safety in this wild desert landscape. Consider contacting CCA to become a volunteer educator or join us for an educational adventure in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Visit www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org for more information. R RELOCATEGV.COM

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Rafting THE COLORADO RIVER THROUGH MCINNIS CANYONS NCA

WRITTEN BY JOE NEUHOF - Executive Director Colorado Canyons Association | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBB REECE

Home to monumental land forms, world renowned paleontological resources and the Colorado River, the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is a wonderland of sandstone canyons, natural arches, and hidden alcoves. The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River from Loma, Colorado to Westwater, Utah is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flat-water with sections of Class I and II rapids. This part of the Colorado flows through beautiful red rock canyons and has many day hike opportunities offering both solitude and exploration. You probably won’t be able to pick up a cell phone signal, but you will see an abundance of wildlife in the area including otters, desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles – making this the perfect section to unplug from everyday life and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the river.

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With the unique sandstone spires and alcoves of Knowles and Mee canyons and the second highest concentration of natural arches in the world in Rattlesnake Canyon, this section along the Colorado River has excellent hiking opportunities. We suggest stopping on the Mee Canyon Bench, at mile 13 from the Loma boat launch for a hike into Mee Canyon proper to explore a wild canyon with huge sandstone walls, abundant desert wildlife and plants, pools to splash in, as well as a well-defined hiking trail. Hike as far as you like and enjoy this family friendly hike, or backpack up to one of the largest alcoves on the Colorado Plateau. There’s plenty of adventure to be had in Mee Canyon.

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Ruby-Horsethief is a great place for beginner boaters and families, however, be aware of spring run-off for when the river flow rises above 5,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) it can be a bit more difficult for the inexperienced boater. While enjoying the natural beauty and the beautiful desert flora and fauna be sure and practice “leave no trace” principles by packing everything (and we mean everything!) in and out during your trip! For everything you need to know about visiting the national conservation area visit www.recreation.gov or www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org. R

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MOUNTAIN BIKING ON PUBLIC LANDS NEAR FRUITA

WRITTEN BY JOE NEUHOF Executive Director Colorado Canyons Association PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

MOUNTAIN BIKING MCINNIS CANYONS’ KOKOPELLI LOOP TRAILS

Two of the nation’s top 100 classic mountain bike trails can be found seven miles west of Fruita, on the Kokopelli Loop trails, located within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Whether you’re riding the 3.5-mile beginner Rustler’s loop trail or tackling the strenuous Mack Ridge Trail, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and Colorado River. The Kokopelli Loop Trail system is arguably the best desert mountain biking in Colorado and is situated in an area easy to access and close to town.

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Mary’s Loop and Horsethief Bench – A Fruita classic, this loop takes you through both technical and flowing single-track with the opportunity to test your skills with a famous drop-in at the start of Horsethief Bench (for experts only). Once you make your way up the initial rocky two-track you will have outstanding access and hours of fun at your fingertips. The nearly four-mile, clockwise Horsethief Bench loop is twisty and fast and affords wide-open views of the Colorado River and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area. There’s a large slickrock drop around one of the trail’s first big bends that some might prefer to walk, but the trail is appropriate for confident, intermediate riders. When the trail starts to wind away from the river after about a mile-and-a-half, be on the lookout for a stretch of tricky rock ledges. After that, it’s mostly smooth riding on dirt single-track with a slow, steady rise for a little over a mile back to the hike-a-bike section, where you can pick up where you left off on Mary’s Loop. The next 3.5 up-and-down miles are relatively easy. Although the trail is rocky, there’s nothing overly technical that’ll force you off your mount. Complete the loop by taking the dirt road 2.3 miles back to the main parking lot.

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A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT

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Explore RABBIT VALLEY IN MCINNIS CANYONS NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA

WRITTEN BY JOE NEUHOF - Executive Director Colorado Canyons Association PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

Imagine riding your ATV through rugged and scenic canyons to a remote rim overlooking the Colorado Plateau, or returning from a heart-pounding mountain bike ride along slickrock canyon walls, then settling into your campsite overlooking the Colorado River. Rabbit Valley is part of the McInnis Canyons Conservation Area, and a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike, because of the views and myriad recreation opportunities. The public land playground is located just west of Fruita, off I-70. There you’ll find gorgeous desert plants, pre-historic petroglyphs, and outstanding paleontology. Here are some ways to experience Rabbit Valley:

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MOTORIZED TRAIL RIDING

Kids Training Track – There’s a fun and unique beginner track for both motorcyclists and ATV-riders in Rabbit Valley that offers riders an opportunity – not far from the parking lot – to practice in a safe area with turns and jumps. This is a good place for young beginner riders to do wheelies and develop other skills.

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Trail 6 – Big Fun & Big Views! - Trail 6 is 1.5 miles of fun for mountain bikers. The roller coaster terrain goes up and down hills and crosses small sandy drainages. Take this trail to the popular Knowles Overlook for spectacular views of the Colorado River and the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. Trail 8 – Hero Dirt & Sandstone! - After a high desert rainstorm, there is no better trail to be on than Trail 8 due to its sandy soil. Riding Trail 8 in a clockwise direction is recommended for safety as this is the most common direction traveled among motorcyclists. Weaving along the base of sandstone walls, Trail 8 starts out with fast flowing sections of sand mixed with fun elevation changes. At about the halfway mark the trail changes character, becoming more technical, offering sandstone ledges with tight turns weaving in and out of the drainages and the pinon/juniper landscape. Get through the technical rock sections without putting a foot down and you’ll be considered a hero among your friends.

ADVENTURE BY BIKE, HORSE OR FOOT

Biking the Western Rim Trail – Don’t tell anyone but this is one of my favorite rides in the area. Enjoy the winding sandstone single track along the edge of the Colorado River into Utah. The Western Rim Trail is a local favorite for a scenic and adventurous day on the bike. Biking Trail 2 – Fast winding swoops on single track through the hilly valley, Trail 2 weaves it’s way through some very fun single track in Rabbit Valley. Once you get past the McDonald Creek Trailhead – a great hike worth doing by the way – there are amazing views of sandstone canyon walls, open valleys and beautiful desert vegetation. This trail is suitable for all skill levels. Jouflas Horse Trail – For a wonderful 9.1-mile day trip by horse be sure and check out the Jouflas Horse Trail. This historic ranching trail used by the Jouflas Family to move livestock takes you to beautiful views of the Colorado River, with some moderate climbing involved. Trail Through Time – See dinosaur bones buried in the ground from 140 million years ago on this fun and family friendly interpretive hike just north of I-70. Enjoy stunning views and learn about the rich paleontology of the region and be sure to check out the active dinosaur quarry at the start of the hike. The Bureau of Land Management manages these public lands for many uses, whether you enjoy motorizing, horseback riding, hiking, or mountain biking. Don’t be surprised to see gorgeous collared lizards and other unique and important plants and animals while recreating in Rabbit Valley. Please note, due to increasing impacts changes are in the works regarding where camping is allowed. The BLM is considering building more campgrounds and charging camping fees to help improve management of the area. R

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THE GRAND MESA MAKES THIS A GRAND PLACE TO LIVE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

The Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. Spanning some 350,000 acres and over 300 lakes, the Grand Mesa, affectionately nicknamed “The Mesa” by locals, provides a plethora of outdoor recreation. The park is a popular destination for fishing, camping, and hiking. You will see brilliant wildflowers in the summer and gorgeous colors of Aspen trees in the fall. In the winter, Grand Mesa, which is home to Powderhorn Mountain Resort, offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. There is plenty of cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing to be done also. The Mesa is rich in wildlife. Be on the lookout for elk, bears, falcons and many other kinds of wildlife. The Mesa Scenic Byway winds through 63 miles of the national forest. It is accessible from the north on I-70 at exit 49 east of Grand Junction via the breathtaking Plateau Creek Canyon or from the south from Colorado Highway 92 east of the city of Delta. R

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THINGS TO DO ON THE GRAND MESA Fish in one of 300 lakes • Hunt wildlife Mountain bike on designated trails Cross-country ski • Snowmobile Drive the scenic/historic byway • Camp out Hike Crag Crest National Recreation Trail GRAND MESA LODGE 25861 Hwy 65 • Cedaredge, CO 81413 (970) 856-3250 • grandmesalodge.com Rent one of 14 cabins on Island Lake Rent a canoe or rowboat for fishing Rent snowmobiles or take snowmobile tour Within walking distance of Crag Crest Trail MESA LAKES LODGE 3619 Highway 65 • Mesa, Colorado (970) 268-5467 • mesalakeslodge.com Guided fly fishing • Guided ATV tours Horseback rides • Boat/canoe rentals Snowmobile tours/rentals Mountain bike trails/rentals Cross-country skiing Ice fishing • Snowshoeing Backcountry skiing and snowboarding


GRAND VALLEY ACTIVITIES Adventure Bound River Expeditions Angelo's Art Center Art on the Corner Avalon Theater Bananas Fun Park Board & Buckle CO Bookcliff Activity Center Botanical Gardens Children's Nature Center

LOCATION 2392 H Rd, GJ 2478 Patterson Rd #11, GJ 1803 North 7th St, GJ Throughout Downtown 645 Main St, GJ 2469 Riverside Pkwy, GJ 2822 North Ave, GJ 540 1/2 29 1/4 Rd, GJ 655 Struthers Ave , GJ 2424 Highway 6 and 50 Grand Junction, Co 81505 Colorado Alpine & Desert Adventures PO Box 2803, GJ Colorado Creative Juices 144 Kluge Ave, Palisade Colorado Discover Ability 601 Struthers Ave , GJ Colorado Mesa University Colorado Riverfront Trails Colorado State Parks Cross Orchards Historic Site Dinosaur Digs Dinosaur Museum Eagle Rim Skateboarding Park Eureka McConnel Science Museum Funshares RV and Sport Rentals Gateway Canyons Air Tours

1100 N 7th St, GJ 544 Rood Avenue, GJ 361 32 Road, GJ 3073 F (Patterson) Rd, GJ 462 Ute Ave, GJ 550 Jurassic Ct, Fruita 2746 Cheyanne Dr, GJ 1400 N 7th St , GJ 2583 Hwy 6 & 50, GJ 43200 Highway 141, Gateway Gateway Canyons and Museum Highway 141, Gateway Get Air at the Silo - Trampoline Park 715 S 7th St, GJ Glacier Ice Arena 2515 Riverside Pkwy, GJ Grand Junction Harley-Davidson 2747 Crossroads Blvd, GJ Grand Junction Motor Speedway 3002 North I-70 Frontage Rd Grand Junction Rockies Baseball Stoker Stadium 12t St & Gunnison Ave, GJ Grand Junction Symphony 414 Main St, GJ Grand Mesa & Uncompahgre National Forests Grand Valley Climbing 611 25 Rd, GJ Imondi Wake Zone LLC 1583 Cipolla Rd, Fruita

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Rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, mountain climbing Canvas painting experience while enjoying Palisade wine River rafting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, biking, climbing and organized trips for the "physically challenged or disabled" 970-248-1020 Concerts, live theaters, movies, special events, and lectures 970-683-4333 Recreational paved trails along the Colorado River 970-434-3388 Island Acres, Corn Lake, Colorado River Wildlife Area 970-434-9814 Exhibits, historic farm and railroad 970-242-0971 Discover fossil treasures on a dinosaur quarry expedition 970-858-7286 Dinosaur museum, exhibits, interactive Open year-around 970-254-1626 Explore science through hands-on displays (Tues- Sat) 970-241-2702 Motor homes, jet skis, ATVs and snowmobiles 970-931-2740 Experience an amazing flight above the unique American West 970-931-2895 970-361-3630 970-242-7465 970-245-0812 970-256-0107 970-255-7625

Over 40 autos span 100-year history 7,000+ square feet of trampolines Ice sports, hockey, public skating, and private events Harley-Davidson rentals Kart racing facility, rentals, instructions, and scheduled events Minor League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies

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Symphony orchestra, concert band, jazz orchestra Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling

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14,000 sq ft building for climbing and fitness  akeboarding, kneeboarding, stand up paddle board W and more Cable Park The easiest loop in the Tabeguache Lunch Loop Outdoor pool and waterslide Explore science through hands-on displays (Tues- Sat) Rodeos, concerts, motorized sports and the Mesa County Fair Regional history, research library and exhibits Indoor pool Float trips through fruit and wine country Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing Half- and full day float and raft trips, rentals, horseback riding Premier indoor shooting range open to the public Family entertainment, roller skating, arcade, laser tag, bowling Tours of Alpaca farm and fiber mill, and gift shop Instructor-led painting on canvas and wood Outdoor, sand volleyball facility with 4 sand volleyball courts Disc golf Fishing, Fly Fishing NHRA sanctioned drag racing Skateboarding park, disc golf, open year-around

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Mesa County Fairgrounds Museum of the West Orchard Mesa Community Center Palisade Wine Country Float Trips Powderhorn Mountain Resort Rimrock Adventures Rocky Mountain Gun Club Spin City Suncrest Orchard Alpacas The Palette Volleys Watson Island Western Anglers Western Colorado Dragway Westlake Skateboarding Park

2785 US Hwy 50, GJ 462 Ute Ave, GJ 2736 Unaweep Ave, GJ 237 S Main St, Palisade Grand Mesa 927 Highway 340, Fruita 545 31 Road, GJ 637 24 1/2 Rd, GJ 3608 E 1/4 Rd, Palisade 441 Main St, GJ 1130 N 3rd St, GJ 639 Struthers Ave, GJ 413 Main St, GJ 115 32 Rd 325 W Orchard Ave

GRAND VALLEY GOLF COURSES Adobe Creek National Golf Course Chipeta Golf Course Lincoln Park Golf Course The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa Tiara Rado Golf Course

LOCATION 876 18 1/2 Rd, Fruita 222 29 Road 14th St & Gunnison Ave 2325 W Ridges Blvd 2057 South Broadway

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES River rafting and inflatable kayaking vacations A paint your own pottery studio- design and paint a piece Permanent collection and changing exhibits Over 100 outdoor sculptures Concerts, live theaters, movies, special events, and lectures Mini golf, arcade, bumper boats, go-carts, laser tag and more Bikes in summer; skis in winter- rent a full selection of gear Drop-in activities such as basketball, volleyball, and table tennis Butterfly house, outdoor gardens, and summer concerts Live animal nature education center

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SNOWMOBILING ON THE MESA PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

The Grand Mesa is considered one of best places to snowmobile in Colorado. With more than 800 square miles of terrain and an average of 35 feet of snowfall a year, the area is a snowmobiler’s paradise.

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Heavy winter snows blanket the Mesa, setting a base to begin snowmobiling by early November and continuing through March – as long as temperatures remain cold enough to prevent snowmelt. From easy trail riding to advanced backcountry riding, there are trails for everyone. Most of Grand Mesa’s trails are at 9,000 feet or above and regularly groomed. The main section of trail is called the “SP” for “Sunlight to Powderhorn.” This system consists of a single

120-mile route marked from Powderhorn Ski Area on Grand Mesa to Sunlight Ski Area in Glenwood Springs. To access the trails, take Hwy 133 to Hwy 92 and head west toward Delta. Turn north on Hwy 65, drive through Cedaredge and onto Grand Mesa. R For more snowmobiling information including trail reports and maps, safety tips, news and weather information, go to: SnowMobileColo.com.

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LIFE HAPPENS HERE DOWNTOWN GRAND JUNCTION

WRITTEN BY CARRINGTON SCHAEFFER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLISON BLEVINS, CAT MAYER, AND JOE BURTARD

Downtown Grand Junction is more than just a great place to grab a bite to eat or to buy that perfect gift. It’s the heart and soul of Grand Junction, the place where the atmosphere and casual vibe foster and grow community. It’s a space for sharing ideas, for collaborating, for celebrating — a space where, visitors and residents alike, can come together and enjoy the best western Colorado has to offer.

Where else can you enjoy one of the largest public art collections or shop at the oldest shoe store in Colorado? Where else can you grab lunch with friends downtown and mountain bike some of the most famous terrain in the world all in the same hour? Year-round, Downtown Grand Junction offers events to get you into the swing of the season. Downtown Grand Junction is home to one of the largest public outdoor sculpture collections in the nation. With more than one hundred unique art pieces, Art on the Corner curates art from many local artists in a variety of styles and mediums. The event is always free; just stroll along Main Street to enjoy both the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibit. Every Thursday evening from June 21 to Sept. 13, Downtown Farmers’ Market will showcase its full array of locally grown, farm-fresh fruits and veggies as well as other sundries from local artisans and vendors. Buy your produce

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for the week, grab a slice of Pablo’s pizza, sink your teeth into a juicy peach (we’re famous for them!), and enjoy the live music on nearly every corner. Every Thursday in October, enjoy the final harvests of the year at the Downtown Fall Produce Market, our farmers-only market that allows you to stock up for your fall preserving. Downtown is also the perfect place to spend time with your family. There are several children’s play areas sprinkled around downtown for your convenience. Several businesses are tailor-made for children such as Candytime Shoppe, eBricks (your one-stop shop for all things Lego™), and Gelato Junction. Stop by Enstrom’s Toffee & Confectionary, sample their exceptional chocolate, and watch them make their world-famous toffee. Race through epic, high-desert scenery with 2,000 other participants with Tour of the Moon on Sept. 30. Considered to be one of the premier recreational bike rides in the Western United States,

the Tour of the Moon race begins and ends downtown and is one of the best ways to take in the breathtaking views of the Grand Valley...all from the comfort of your very own bicycle seat. During the holidays, Downtown Grand Junction is the place to be to get into the spirit. Bring the whole family to meet Santa and enjoy a carol or two at the Downtown Tree Lighting on Nov. 17. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and prepare to be enchanted by hundreds of lighted floats at the annual Parade of Lights on Dec. 1. With over 35 restaurants and 80 retail shops, Downtown Grand Junction has everything you need for cuisine, shopping, art, and entertainment. But we’re more than that. We’re a place where community comes together and celebrates the gift of living in western Colorado. No matter if you live here or are just visiting, whether you’re racing through downtown with Tour of the Moon, sampling toffee at Enstrom’s, or having a glass of wine at Bin 707, we hope you feel at home here. R


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LET IT PLAY

VISIT TRIPLE PLAY RECORDS — A LONGTIME FIXTURE AND MAIN STREET TREASURE WRITTEN BY ABIGAIL M. GARTON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

The musky smell of incense and sage greet you at the door, complementing the smell of used vinyl records that occupy the center of Triple Play Records. The expanse of records is matched only by the musical knowledge of the staff. After 30 years of business, Triple Play Records continues to provide Grand Junction’s Main Street with music, energy, and community. Fueled by a passion for vinyl record albums, this independent music store has survived the tearing up of sidewalks during downtown renovation, witnessed the coming and going of businesses, and watched the growth of a small college turn into a university. With his collection of vinyl records and baseball cards, Cesario established Triple Play Records in 1988. He bought his first vinyl record when he was 11, and continued to grow his collection

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by draining his savings account buying records during his junior and senior years of high school. “My dad threatened to throw them out on the street because I’d play them too loud sometimes,” Cesario recalls. He also remembers his father telling him that the collection of records would not amount to anything. “When the record labels decided that there wasn’t going to be any more vinyl, I always felt like I wanted to open a store then, to kind of show them that vinyl would still be legitimate,” Cesario says. With this ideology in mind, Cesario

opened his record store – which also includes a wide selection of CDs – in hopes of providing the community with their own supply of vinyl. Despite his father’s initial skepticism, Cesario’s parents were supportive and helpful in getting the business going. Opening Triple Play Records was a struggle at first; however, the addition of baseball cards helped pay the bills in the beginning. Now, rather than baseball cards, in addition to CDs and vinyl records the shop sells Frisbee golf discs, colorful tapestries, incense, smudges, purses, pipes and more.


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“We always felt like there was a potential here, and I wouldn’t want to have a business anywhere else. I feel fortunate to have a business in the town I grew up in and we wouldn’t be anywhere but on Main Street,” Cesario says. Cesario’s affable son, Matt, began working at the shop fulltime about 10 years ago. With a passion for music like his father, and a keen desire to help customers find what they want, Matt helped bring the business into the technology and internet era. He says, “Someone comes in and needs music for a funeral; before, we would have to order it; it would take a week to do so, but then I started using the internet where we could just download it, burn it onto a CD and get it for them that day.” By giving Matt more responsibilities, Rock noticed the generational gap closing between physical and digital media, as well as musical appeal. “Matt knows what the kids want. I can sell Rolling Stones and Beatles to old guys all day long, or anybody, but as far as knowing to bring in Kendrick Lamar or alt-J – I mean, who the hell is alt-J? – I don’t know who [they are], all I know is we’re selling two of them a week,” Cesario says. R Triple Play Records is located at 530 Main St., and can be reached at 970-243-3974. RELOCATEGV.COM

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GRAND JUNCTION’S COWORKING SPACE — A PLACE WHERE ‘COLLABORATION HAPPENS, CREATIVITY FLOWS’ WRITTEN BY CARRINGTON SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY BY TYLER LOGAN

Coworking spaces are places where people collaborate, where overhead costs are low, the vibe is hip, and the coffee is free. Visit any large city and you’ll find a coworking space – bright and open places to settle in with your laptop and enjoy fast internet – a home away from home for your business. Grand Junction’s first coworking space, FACTORY, opened a yearand-a-half ago at 750 Main Street. “FACTORY is important for our community for so many reasons,” FACTORY co-founder Josh Hudnall says. “Coworking brings creators together under one roof so they can ignite each other through collaboration and form partnerships that never would have developed otherwise.” FACTORY is owned and operated by Proximity Space, a Western Colorado-based tech startup that creates software and hardware to manage coworking spaces. Currently, Proximity owns three coworking spaces on the Western Slope – in Montrose, Ridgway, and Grand Junction, connecting each, via its Proximity Network, to more than 150 coworking spaces across the world.

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Coworking has steadily gained popularity since the early 2000s. The idea is simple: a workplace for creators, artists, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to share not only a physical space but also an ethos of collaboration and community. For a low monthly subscription, FACTORY provides not only a place to work but also amenities such as modern decor, furniture, conference rooms, an event center, fast gigabit internet, free parking, private offices, a kitchen, and restrooms. In addition, the conference room is a state-ofthe-art FUSE Center which gives users the ability to video conference and collaborate in real time with other users across Colorado. Community fuels ideas; when working alone, it’s easy to feel isolated and discouraged, and because of this isolation and the perceived lack of jobs, the Grand Valley has had difficulty with retention in the past. “What usually happens is students come here to get education and training, and then they leave immediately after graduating, taking their valuable new skills with them,” says Brian Watson, one of FACTORY’s cofounders. “Now, we’re seeing people starting their own businesses here and thriving. People are moving here and staying because they’re finally starting to see opportunity, and much of that is directly tied to coworking enabling community and collaboration right here in our city.”

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“Coworking brings creators together under one roof so they can ignite each other through collaboration and form partnerships that never would have developed otherwise.” Josh Hudnall, FACTORY co-founder

One example of this retention is nomadic freelance graphic designer TJ Smith who dropped in to work at FACTORY while he was traveling the United States. He loved the community the coworking space had fostered so much that he ended up moving to Grand Junction, bringing his business and talents with him. “Our end-goal is simple; we

want to help enable community,” says Allison Blevins, Proximity’s Director of Marketing. “Coworking is more than having a place to work with good coffee. It’s really about investing in people and giving them a forum in which collaboration happens and creativity flows. It’s about people partnering with people to become stronger and more capable than they would have been working alone.” FACTORY allows you to choose the membership level that works for you with daily, weekly, or monthly options. Because of coworking spaces like FACTORY, smaller communities like Grand Junction, Montrose, and Ridgway will continue to become more relevant in both our local and global economy’s future with jobs becoming less location-dependent. “You shouldn’t have to choose between where you live and what you want to do,” Watson says. “Now, you can live, work, and play exactly where you want and still keep your finger on the pulse of collaboration, creativity, and community.” R FACTORY is a Proximity Space and is located at 750 Main Street. Drop ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit factorycoworking.com.


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GRAND VALLEY DINING

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To eat at Le Rouge Restaurant in downtown Grand Junction is to enjoy fine French cuisine in a relaxed, yet upscale environment. Diners are warmly welcomed as they’re guided past the busy wine and martini bar and into the adjoining dining room. The smiling hostess made me feel right at home. The menu’s French inspired Bouillabaisse, a rich stew spiced to perfection, caught my eye, as did the Duck Breast and the New York Angus Steak, ranging in price from $25 to $40. I had barely looked at the menu before Le Rouge owner Patrice Petit stopped by to welcome me

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to his restaurant. Patrice grew up in Paris and mixes French and American culture and cuisine at his restaurant. After recommending the Vegetable Pasta, Petit continued through the dining room shaking hands and laughing with what appeared to be regular customers.

I ordered the mouthwatering recommendation, and before I could finish my first glass of water my meal had arrived. Stacked high with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and other tasty vegetables on a mound of pasta, the dish was as beautiful as it was aromatic. Through a


combination of heaping forkfuls and bites piled high on warm bread, I quickly cleaned my plate. I received my second recommendation of the night, this time from my server, which was the dessert menu’s Key Lime Tart. Everything was so delicious I regretted not ordering the delicious-looking calamari as an appetizer. Although satiated, and the bill paid, I found myself wanting to linger and soak in the ambiance of this intimate eatery. On one side there is the bar, bustling with lively conversation, and across the glass divide the sparkling dining room framed with lighting along the ceiling and draped across the window looking out onto Main Street. Despite a steady clientele that evening, the atmosphere was peaceful, and the service quick. I felt right at home on a chilly March night. I’ll definitely return later in the season to experience the outdoor seating on a sunny afternoon. Visit Le Rouge Restaurant for a delicious meal in an upscale environment at an affordable price. And, consider stopping at the bar for a tasty cocktail, and some good conversation. To fully experience this downtown restaurant, heed the advice of the sign outside the restaurant that says, “We don’t have Wifi, get off your phone and talk to somebody!” R RELOCATEGV.COM

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Grand Valley Dining PUBLISHER’S PICKS

WRITTEN BY BROOK CALHOON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

I recently met a woman who just relocated to Grand Junction from Italy. As we talked, our conversation turned to food. She asked me if I would share a list of the best restaurants in the Valley. Well, if there’s one thing I know, it’s good food. Here’s the list I shared with my new friend: 626 ON ROOD This little gem is located in downtown Grand Junction and is considered the wine bar of the Valley. In addition to having the best selection of wine, the food is delicious. Not sure how I could just name one favorite dish, but the Chile Relleno en Nogada made with lamb barbacoa and almond sauce is a must-try dish. CAFÉ SOL Fresh, local, casual cuisine. Café Sol serves large creative salads, paninis and amazing soups. My favorite salad is the Café Sol with mixed greens, fresh herbs, roasted beets, spicy candied walnuts, goat cheese, apples, banana bread croutons and house dressing. Café Sol serves at least three different soups each day, providing gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options—homemade, every day. TACOPARTY I’m obsessed. Lately, I could eat here every day. And like 626 and Café Sol, they source their ingredients from local farmers. The guacamole is pretty much the tastiest thing on earth. The recipe changes a bit with each season. In late summer, it’s made with radishes, peach gastrique, puffed amaranth, red jalapeno, white pico, green onion and serano. My favorite taco? Twice fried yam. You gotta go.

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BIN 707 FOODBAR While Bin’s menu will satisfy the most sophisticated palates, they’re famous for their Bin Burger—served with beehive white cheddar, frisee, beefsteak tomato, truffle aioli and skinny fries. I can’t put my finger on what makes this burger so scrumptious but the quality of beef and the truffle aioli are my guess. And if you really want to go all out, ask for the truffled mushroom or Sriracha kitchen fries. ENZO’S I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the best Italian food is right here in Grand Junction. Enzo’s has a large, diverse menu and everything is fresh and made from scratch. For starters, I suggest the Ahi Carpaccio--Lightly seared sushi grade tuna, capers, red onions, lemon essence, shaved Parmigiano, and extra virgin olive oil drizzle. And then the Saltimbocca--Seasoned scaloppine, prosciutto, provolone cheese, fresh herbs in a white wine garlic butter sauce, served with side of sautéed spinach, potato croquette or angel hair pasta. Served with chicken or veal. Are you drooling yet? HOT TOMATO It’s kind of a big deal. Located in little ol’ Fruita, this pizza joint has become a favorite of mountain bikers and tourists from around the

world. The locals love it too. My favorite pie from Hot Tomato is the seasonal “Peach”. It’s made with mozzarella, Canadian bacon, fresh Palisade peaches, gorgonzola cheese topped with fresh rosemary. This pizza is available until the peach season ends, which is usually around the end of August. CAMILLA’S KAFFE Also in Fruita, you’ll find Camilla’s Kaffe – it’s my family’s favorite breakfast spot. I usually order the special, which is oftentimes something like this: eggs topped with carne asada, smothered in their homemade green chile sauce, cheese and roasted poblano peppers. The portions are large and the calories high, so you’ll want to get in a bike ride before or after indulging at Camilla’s. MEXICAN FOOD If you are a fan of Mexican food, you’ve come to the right area. There are many excellent Mexican restaurants with authentic south-of-the-border dishes in the Grand Valley. Taquerias and taco trucks serve homemade tamales, burritos and tortas. Looking for the best margarita in town? It’s a tie between Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant’s margaritas (made with fresh squeezed limes, no sweet & sour mix) and MX Tapas Bar Restaurante’s fresh jalapeno watermelon margarita. R


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HALF MOON YOGA

GRAND JUNCTION STUDIO TEACHES MENTAL PEACE AND FORTITUDE THROUGH YOGA PRACTICE

WRITTEN BY MELISSA STATLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

For Linda Toth at Half Moon Yoga, the body is the pathway to the mind. She follows a longstanding tradition under the teaching of world-renowned yoga instructor Baron Baptiste, bringing his methodologies and her own passion and warmth to the Grand Valley. “The methodology will change your life,” Toth says. Although the philosophies are simple, dealing with topics such as fear, identity, and resilience, she says it is the authenticity of Baptiste’s methods that keeps her practicing and teaching.

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“Life isn’t bliss,” she explains. “There are going to be times that things won’t go your way - your body won’t go your way, a relationship won’t go your way - and what do you do with the anger, the fear, the anxiety, the depression?” At Half Moon Yoga, participants are taught how to use the body as an outlet. Classes take place in an infrared heated yoga studio where temperatures range anywhere from 85 -104 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on outside temperatures. The entire studio was designed around the therapeutic benefits of infrared heat and incorporates a state-of-the-art heating system that directly heats the body, not the air, so the benefits continue long after the practice ends. Physical movement in this kind of heat allows the body to become more malleable and open, and even though discomfort may arise, the student is able to witness what is “actually under the hood of the car – the body,” Toth says. “It’s a valuable, real, meat-and-potatoes skill set; it’s not saying suffer, go to pain, but it’s about putting a pause between your reactions.” Although Toth has worked in the fitness industry for most of her career, she finds a particular usefulness and peace in the practice of yoga that surpasses her previous experience with

dance and other fitness routines. “Yoga rinses me out in a way that leaves my mind clear for many hours after the practice. All of a sudden, I start becoming aware of my breath when driving, doing the dishes or during conversations. The past and the present slip away and I actually become absorbed in the moment.” Teens in particular have been a recent focus of Toth’s work at Half Moon Yoga. Relaunching September 1, 2018 are free workshops designed exclusively for teens in the Grand Valley. The workshops, scheduled for Saturdays from 3-4 p.m. focuses on meditation, asana, self-inquiry, and peer discussion and is meant to be a place where young people can learn the skills they need to thrive in a world where depression, anxiety, and suicide exist in unprecedented numbers. In addition to the workshops, teens can access unlimited yoga classes for $25 per month. Toth also works with youth in Punta Gorda, Belize in a yoga training program funded partially by the Baptiste Institute and partially by Grand Junction community members. “I’m passionate about bringing training to young kids because I have faith that they’ll do something with it,” Toth says. She has an innate zeal for teaching those who will turn and

teach others, and she believes that bringing the 200-hour registered yoga teacher trainings to the youth of Punta Gorda and the Grand Valley will not only rewire their minds and help them to better cope with stress, but also help them become leaders in their communities. As would be expected, high-quality teacher training at Half Moon Yoga is also deeply valued. Half Moon has a lot to offer the Grand Valley – registered yoga teachers who go through 200 hours of training; a leading-edge infrared heating system; Baptiste as a mentor and coach; and a vision to help young people calm the “constant chatter of the mind.” The studio offers reasonable starting prices for community members, allows memberships to be cancelled without additional fees, and multiclass passes that never expire. For Toth, it is just important that people come. “I don’t care if you come back in a year. Just come back,” she urges. “Yoga will change your life – on and off the mat.” R Half Moon Yoga is located at 2943 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Unit 3. Toth can be reached at 970-985-4401. RELOCATEGV.COM

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HIGH TECH ULTRASOUND ALLOWS PARENTS TO SEE BABY IN UTERO

WRITTEN BY MELISSA STATLER

Mesa Women’s Health offers a range of obstetric, gynecology, and surgical services - as well as 3- and 4-dimensional ultrasound services where family members can view their baby in utero. Mesa Women’s Health is operated by Dr. Kevin K. Howell, a doctor of osteopathic medicine with more than 50 years of experience specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Howell strives to provide not only quality care, but a welcoming and personalized experience for his patients as well. Howell prides himself on getting to know well his pregnant patients long before labor begins.

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As the office’s only physician, “there’s a lot of continuity of care,” he explains. Howell sees women throughout their prenatal care and is there for the birth of their babies.

their children. “We came out here and fell in love with the community like I think everybody else does,” he says. His love for the community is evident in his practice.

Dr. Howell relocated to the Grand Valley 24 years ago, bringing his family from San Francisco in search of a safer, slower-paced community in which he and his wife could raise

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Anyone looking for high quality images of their baby is welcome to make use of the machine. If there appears to be a problem with a fetus, the woman’s physician is notified. “It’s actually a 4D ultrasound,” Howell explains, “and the fourth dimension is time,” meaning the images move. The GE Voluson machine provides a series of three-dimensional moving images, similar to a video. With the ultrasound it is possible to see not only the baby moving its arms and legs, but the baby’s facial features and smiles as well. The images produced are incredibly detailed and comparable to how the baby appears after birth. “It’s exactly what they look like,” he says. “It’s not some created computer image that’s not going to resemble your baby at all, it’s actually extremely accurate.” A board certified ultrasound technician operates the machine and understands fetal anatomy, and how to position the patient to get the best images to do the scans. Mesa Women’s Health exhibits both the professionalism and the care that makes the Grand Valley such a welcoming place to call home. R RELOCATEGV.COM

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Bloomin’ BABIES CERTIFIED NURSE-MIDWIVES DELIVER BABIES NATURALLY AT GRAND JUNCTION’S BIRTHING CENTER WRITTEN BY SHARON SULLIVAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE HAGE

As a labor and delivery nurse, Patty Kandiko attended women having babies in both small, and large hospitals, before landing a job at a birthing center – the best option for most women, she decided. So, she went back to school for additional education and training to become a certified nurse-midwife.


Kandiko founded Bloomin’ Babies Birth Center in Grand Junction in October 2013, giving women an alternative to a hospital or homebirth – a place where mothers give birth without drugs or other medical interventions while being attended by certified nurse-midwives experienced in natural childbirth. Since its opening, midwives at Bloomin’ Babies have delivered 177 babies – some families traveling from as far as New Castle, Parachute, Telluride, Carbondale, Paonia, Steamboat Springs, Naturita, and the Utah towns of Moab and Bullfrog. Shandice Churchill has traveled from Rifle, twice, to give birth at Bloomin’ Babies, because she appreciates the “natural approach” to childbirth – where, instead of pain medication or anesthesia, the nurse-midwives use other time-tested methods for relieving the discomfort of uterine contractions – such as walking, changing positions, and slow, deep, breathing to promote relaxation. “You develop a more personal relationship with the staff,” Churchill says. In part, that’s because Kandiko allows for an hour for each prenatal appointment, which helps establish a strong bond between mother and midwife – key to building trust that is so important during childbirth, she says. “It gives us an opportunity to really get to know our clients – and them, us,” Kandiko says. Clients meet with each of the three certified nurse midwives at different times during the course of their pregnancies. So, when the mother goes into labor, she’ll have a relationship with whoever is on call. Typically, prenatal appointments with an obstetrician last about 15 minutes, and if your obstetrician is not on call the day you go into labor you can end up with a physician you’ve never met before. Churchill also liked the fact that she was free to invite whoever she wanted present during the birth. We’re a big family; we were allowed to bring as many people as we liked to the birth,” she says. The American College of Nurse Midwives designated Bloomin’ Babies a “Triple Aim” Best Practice in 2017, for reaching goals set by the Institute for Health Improvement – the birth center is noted for its low rates of cesarean and preterm birth, high breastfeeding rates, and affordability of services. A birth center birth costs less than a hospital birth, and is covered by insurance, including Medicaid. Bloomin’ Babies’ two designated birthing rooms are roomy, each with a queen-sized bed, a large birthing tub, a comfortable rocking chair, and a hammock hanging from the ceiling for the laboring mother to lean into if she wants, to maintain an upright supported squatting position. RELOCATEGV.COM

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And while drugs are not an option at the birthing center, nitrous oxide is available for relieving anxiety if needed. “It’s another tool in the toolkit to get women over the hump,” Kandiko says. The midwives are trained in neonatal resuscitation and CPR and can administer medications to stop postpartum hemorrhage.

“It gives us an opportunity to really get to know our clients – and them, us.”

“Giving birth naturally is something women are meant to do,” Kandiko says. “If you keep medical interventions out of the picture, you have more of a chance to have a normal vaginal delivery.” Bloomin’ Babies’ cesarean rate is low - 4.5 percent, compared to the national average of 30 percent; in some areas the cesarean rate is as high as 50 percent. “People

Regarding prenatal visits which can last as long as an hour. –Certified Nurse-Midwife and Bloomin’ Babies Birth Center co-founder Patty Kandiko

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forget that women have been having babies naturally forever,” Kandiko says. Birth is unpredictable, however, and occasionally complications can arise. The midwives at Bloomin’ Babies received hospital privileges at St. Mary’s Hospital a year and a half ago, which means if a laboring mother needs to be transported, her midwife can continue to care for her – unless a cesarean is required, which only a physician can perform. “Even then, we stay and attend the C-section,” Kandiko says. While they could accompany their clients prior to being granted hospital privileges, they could not deliver the babies once the mother was transported.


“We’ve developed relationships with our clients,” so hospital privileges are important for continuity of care, Kandiko says. The birth center, located at 2241 N. 7th St., is a block and a half from St. Mary’s, and only minutes away from the hospital. Low risk women, who do not have diabetes or hypertension, and who are willing to drink and eat healthily, and participate in their own care are eligible to give birth at Bloomin’ Babies. There’s an “education” room at the birth center, with a lending library and a huge bulletin board with various business cards and flyers with information regarding childbirth classes, doula services and other pregnancy- and parenting-related services. Women often report how much they appreciate the care they receive at Bloomin’ Babies after the baby is born. A mother is discharged within four hours after she’s met certain health goals and breastfeeding has been established. Twenty-four hours later, after mother and child have settled back home, families receive a follow-up phone call. Mother and baby return to the birth center 48 hours after the delivery for a check-up, and again two weeks later. “It gives us a chance to see how a mom is doing emotionally, being a mom,” Kandiko says. A contraception discussion takes place at a six-week checkup. Kandiko, a youthful 65, knows what it’s like to give birth – with three children of her own, plus seven grandkids. “I’ve always been fascinated with birth,” she says. “I’m a granny midwife.” Kandiko is joined by certified nurse-midwives Jeana Smith and Karin Vandervelde, and husband Dick Kandiko who does bookkeeping for the business. R

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The first time I entered Grand Junction’s Trailhead Clinics, I was struck by the nonclinical, warm atmosphere of the waiting room with its turquoise-accented walls and furniture, and elegant chandelier. Plus, patients can enjoy an ice-cold glass of water while they wait for their appointment. At 235 N. 7th Street in downtown Grand Junction, the clinic is centrally located between Grand and Main Street. Board certified family physician, Dr. Robert Boyer, became interested in integrative medicine while attending medical school. As a child growing up he watched close family members suffer from both physical and psychiatric health issues. He eventually noted what he saw as deficiencies in the traditional medical model of care. “Western medicine is great in some areas, and the medical advances have been extremely neat to watch but when it comes to certain diseases, medication or surgery does not always solve the underlying issue,” Boyer says. While they do practice traditional medicine, for certain illnesses, Boyer and his team, including Dr.

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Kathy Howe, focus on lifestyle changes, as well as herbal remedies, and other modalities such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “It is about taking a more complete view of someone’s health and not believing that one philosophy can answer all of the issues.” Boyer has a distinct and interesting financial model, known as Direct Primary Care (DPC) that allows him to spend more time with his patients – which is essential when addressing health issues holistically. By seeing only a third to half the number of patients as a typical family physician, Boyer can spend more time with his

patients. A monthly fee of $69 allows Trailhead Clinics patients unlimited care. Dr. Boyer and his team are currently accepting new patients. “One problem in the traditional practice is the idea that you are bound by what people’s insurance will pay for,” Boyer says. “The amount of time you have with the patient is really dictated by that as well.” Boyer contends that in family medicine, doctors need plenty of time with their patients, to listen fully, and assess their symptoms, in order to treat them in the best way possible. “Reducing treatments to about fifteen-minute appointments will usually lead


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“The Direct Primary Care model has created an opportunity for family physicians to get back to why they wanted to practice medicine—because their passion is in taking care of people.” Dr. Robert Boyer, of Trailhead Clinics

to dissatisfied patients and it doesn’t allow me to practice the full scope of what I have been trained to do,” he says. Trailhead Clinic’s membership model allows Boyer to give patients the time they want and deserve, while still being able to make a living. “I can easily support my family, the people that I hire; and the overhead is much less than the traditional practice. All of that savings is for the patient because they are not relying on insurance to pay for their family medicine. That is like using your car insurance for oil changes and fuel pump replacement,” he explains. “Insurance is for the big stuff that is really costly.” Under this membership model, people know what is covered and do not have copays. Dr. Boyer has found that the Direct Primary Care model encourages people to visit the doctor more often because they don’t have to worry about what the charge will be, or if they’ve reached their deductible or not. Downstream medical costs, such as urgent care and visits to specialists, go down by nearly 30 percent when families have easier access to their primary care doctor, says Dr. Boyer. “The direct primary care model has created an opportunity for family physicians to get back to why they wanted to practice medicine – because their passion is in taking care of people. But to practice good medicine, you need time with patients; most of what we do is listen to people and serve as a sounding board for them.” R

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SKI IN THE MORNING, GOLF IN THE AFTERNOON QUALITY OF LIFE LURES RETIREES TO THE GRAND VALLEY

WRITTEN BY AARON REYNOLDS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBB REECE

In the late 1980s, Dennis and Mary Young decided to retire early from their careers in Texas. The couple knew they wanted to relocate to Colorado - they just weren’t exactly sure where. The Youngs eventually discovered Grand Junction, which provided not only ample new opportunities to explore but offered jobs as well - pulling them back into the work environment for another 15 years. Dennis found a rewarding job with Barnes & Noble, while Mary worked at local television station KJCT in the human resources department. “We were so glad we quit work at 55, then worked [here] until we were 70,” Dennis says. “It helped us get to know so many different people.” By 2012, it was time to retire for good. However, the Youngs were far from settling. At age 66, both Mary and Dennis took up marathon running and everything escalated from there. The couple were already outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for hiking Colorado’s fourteeners, yet competitive long-distance running offered something new – an opportunity to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle but also fellowship with other runners, both young and old.

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The Youngs compete in at least five marathons every year, with a goal to finish one in every state by age 82. “Running is motivating and the part that motivates you is you just feel better,” Mary says. “The days we start with an early run, it just picks you up and gets you going. It does something with your energy level. You appreciate feeling that way. It’s really one of the true benefits.” Despite all the wonderful places where they have lived (Dennis served in the U.S. Navy before working as an engineer in Texas) and all the locations they have visited as long-distance runners, the Grand Valley is the couple’s final and favorite destination. “You are in a central place here,” Dennis said. “That’s one of the great things about the Grand Valley. There’s so much you can do within a few states from you. We lived in all of it - from Florida to South Carolina to New London. All of the West Coast. We’ve experienced a


“When people come to visit you don’t just take them to the mall. You take them to the Colorado National Monument. You take them up to the Grand Mesa. There is such varied environment — snow on the mountain and desert and red rock.”

lot. When you can look at all that and stay in one place, it’s hard to beat Grand Junction.” While not every retired couple may have the good fortune of great health or the drive to run long-distance, the Grand Valley is one of the most rewarding places in the western United States for retirees who seek to maintain an active lifestyle. With mild temperatures year-round, there is no shortage of recreational opportunities as well as a unique, thriving downtown area, highly rated dining options, and world-renowned locally produced wine, as well as fresh, locally grown produce. Plus, there’s a riverfront trail system that spans the Grand Valley. The valley is also home to three major hospitals including St. Mary’s Medical Center, Community Hospital and Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center. Plus, the Grand Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center serves military veterans from western Colorado, southeastern Utah, and the southwest corner of Wyoming. The valley is also lucky to have light motorized traffic and numerous tight-knit church communities. Quality of life is highly desired by retirees and something the Youngs are quick to point out when highlighting the valley’s appeal. “I remember when we came out here for the first time. A realtor was showing us around and he said the big thing everyone likes in this town is that you can ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon,” Mary says, with a laugh. “When people come to visit you don’t just take them to the mall,” Dennis added. “You take them to the Colorado National Monument. You take them up to the Grand Mesa. There is such varied environment - snow on the mountain and desert and red rock.” R

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FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE EUREKA! MCCONNELL SCIENCE MUSEUM OFFERS INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES WRITTEN BY MARNIE BINGHAM | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBB REECE

One of the most “hands on” science museums in Colorado is located in Grand Junction on the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) campus. Directed by Jenn Moore, a biological systems engineer, Eureka! McConnell Science Museum is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by John McConnell, a retired nuclear physicist. The museum serves 17,000 students a year. The science museum covers exciting topics from astronomy to zoology. Students learn about the laws of motion, solar energy, electricity, and physics. Live exhibits include fish, reptiles and a beehive. Eureka! schedules various science camps year-round when school is not in session. Camps include such fun themes as kitchen science, dig in, under the sea, cooking in the garden, icky sticky gooey, cardboard arcade, 3D printing, forensics and geology of the Colorado National Monument. Additionally, one-week summer camps for grades K-8 are offered, as well as support for homeschoolers. The center also has space for group meetings and family birthday parties Eureka! McConnell Science Museum is a partnership between the Mesa County Valley School District 51 and the university in an effort to support the learning and love of science. Exhibits focus on STEAM topics – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The museum offers the school district unlimited field trip opportunities that include one hour of classroom time, plus an hour of hands-on learning. Lessons are customized to meet state requirements for classroom learning. Museum staff provides classroom resources, including a tote with a science curriculum and handouts for each classroom, plus lesson plans for the teachers. District 51 schools where STEAM is taught include New Emerson Elementary, Tope Elementary and Orchard Avenue Elementary. Other local schools may also invite staff to their classroom to teach STEAM topics.

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One of the most “hands on” science museums in Colorado.

curriculum, as well as provide support for the design and building of the exhibits. McConnell created a significant portion of the exhibits found inside. All of the displays are meant to be tactile to enhance interactive learning. The museum’s current goals include creating more expedition programs for middle and high school students, as well as developing adult science programs. The museum currently offers a 55-plus older expedition program, which includes taking one- to five-day science trips around Colorado and the western United States. The goal of the museum is to put science in the hands of kids and adults. To thank donors who have supported the museum, CMU engineering students designed an interactive “gear wall” for kids. Each gear represents donations from various individuals and businesses to make a large wall in which all the gears turn together. Grand Valley Power, Ute Water, and Clifton Water are among the generous donors. R The Eureka Science Museum is located at 1400 N. Seventh St. and is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

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MESA COUNTY VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT 51 2017-2018

24 elementary schools • 8 middle schools • 1 middle/high school • 4 high schools • 2 K-12 schools • 2 alternative high schools • K-12 blended online school • 3 charter schools

11 Title 1 schools • Career Education Center • Unique D51 Learning Model in classrooms District-wide

Challenge Program for middle school students • International Baccalaureate (IB) for high school students • STEAM programs at all grade levels • Apprenticeship program provides career experience •

22,084 students Gifted & Talented High school students taking AP Courses Free & Reduced Lunches **Dropout Rate English Language Learners Minority Students

**Dropout data from 2016-17

$7,271 PER PUPIL REVENUE

STUDENT:TECHNOLOGY

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3.4% 24.5% 45% 2.4% 3.4% 29.6%

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Accredited School District

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13th Largest

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Fruita Monument High School 1102 Wildcat Ave, Grades: 10-12

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Fruita 8/9 School 1835 J Rd, Grades: 8-9

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Valley School (2508 Blichmann Ave, Grades: 8-12

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Adobe Creek National Golf Course

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123 West Orchard Ave, Grades: 6-8 609 25 Rd, Grades: K-12

1400 North 5th St, Grades: 9-12

14. Tope Elementary School

2220 North 7th St, Grades: K-5

15. Orchard Avenue Elementary School 1800 Orchard Ave, Grades: K-5

16. East Middle School

830 Gunnison Ave, Grades: 6-8

17. Nisley Elementary School

543 283/4 Rd, Grades: K-5

18. Chipeta Elementary School

950 Chipeta Ave, Grades: K-5

19. Independence Academy

675 29 Road, Grades: K-8

20. R-5 High School and Summit School Program

GLADE PARK

455 N. 22nd St, Grades: K-12

21. Dual Immersion Academy School

552 A West Main St, Grades: K-5

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32. Grand Mesa Middle School

23. Grand Mesa Youth Services Center

360 28 Rd, Grades: 5-12

24. Dos Rios Elementary School

265 Linden Ave, Grades: K-5

550 Warrior Way, Grades: 9-12

34. Career Center

25. New Emerson School At Columbus

585 311/2 Rd, Grades: 6-8

33. Central High School

2660 Unaweep Ave, Grades: K-5

2935 North Ave, Grades: 9-12

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26. Orchard Mesa Middle School

35. Pear Park Elementary School

27. Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School

36. Chatfield Elementary School

2736 C Rd, Grades: 6-8

2888 B1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

28. Mesa View Elementary School

432 30 1/4 Rd, Grades: K-5 3188 D1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

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2967 B Rd, Grades: K-5

37. Clifton Elementary School

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3276 F Rd, Grades: K-5

29. Bookcliff Middle School

38. Rocky Mountain Elementary School

30. Fruitvale Elementary School

39. Mount Garfield Middle School

540 29 1/4 Rd, Grades: 6-8

3260 D1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

585 30 Rd, Grades: K-5

3475 Front St, Grades: 6-8

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3679 G Rd, Grades: 9-12

41. Taylor Elementary School

689 Brentwood Dr, Grades: K-5

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2200 Broadway, Grades: 6-8

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44. Wingate Elementary School

351 South Camp Rd, Grades: K-5

45. Scenic Elementary School

451 West Scenic Dr, Grades: K-5

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46. Gateway School 141

42575 Highway 141, Grades: K-12

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KIDS & FAMILY TO-DOS

GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS AND SPORTS FOR KIDS 4-H Bookcliff Activity Center Botanical Gardens Boy Scouts of America Colorado West Gymnastics Eagle Rim Skateboard Park Fruita Rec Center Get Air at the Silo - Trampoline Park Girl Scouts Girls On The Run Glacier Ice Arena Golf Instruction Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction Parks & Rec Grand Junction Rockies Baseball Grand Junction Soccer Club Grand Junction Tennis Club Grand Valley BMX Grand Valley Climbing Grand Valley Lacrosse Grand Valley Moms for Moms Glacier Ice Arena Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Little League Baseball Orchard Mesa Little League Monument Little League Grand Mesa Little League Eureka! McConnell Science Museum Maverick Aquatics-Swim Team Mesa County Junior Football Mesa County Library (Story Time) Mesa County Tennis Program Junior League MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) Orchard Mesa Pool Powderhorn Racing (skiing) Rugby Thunder Mountain Soccer Western Colorado Volleyball Youth Basketball

CONTACT INFO 970-244-1834 970-254-3866 970-245-3288 970-243-0346 www.coloradowestgymnastics.com 970-254-3866 970-858-0360 970-361-3630 970-242-4461 gotrwesterncolorado.org 970-242-7465 970-242-6394 970-256-0107 970-254-FUNN 970-255-7625 970-242-4550 970-242-1490 970-812-3394 970-644-5821 grandvalleylax.com lindsaym@grandvalleymomsformoms.com 970-242-7465 970-254-3848 Contact Info 440-537-2836 970- 256-9012 970-242-6951 970-254-1626 970-248-1139 970-462-6860 970-243-4443 970-623-1750 www.mops.org 970-254-3885 970-216-9235 970-609-1600 970-424-2164 970-640-5195 970-254-3801

WRESTLING Fruita Monument Mat Cats Lil Mavs Little Warriors Tiger Paw

CONTACT INFO 970-250-2269 970-234-0496 chslittlewarriors@gmail.com 970-361-0698

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Kids + Community Get Involved With Us! The mission of the D51F is to raise funds for academic growth and achievement and to promote outreach to benefit kids and our community.

www.d51foundation.org

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO MOAB WRITTEN BY ROBBIE URQUHART | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBB REECE

In 1995, a young visionary began a journey to Moab, Utah to work for the Poison Spider Bicycles shop. At the time, Moab was the holy grail of the budding mountain biking scene. On the way to his new job, Troy Rarick detoured to the dusty streets of Fruita, Colorado, where he wondered why this tiny, quiet town couldn’t also be a biking destination. After all, the surrounding landscape promised the slick rock, junipers, ledges, and cliffs that lure mountain biking enthusiasts. Abandoning his trip to Moab, Rarick purchased the historic and empty Furniture & Undertaking Building on the corner of Aspen and Mulberry streets. He cleared out the cobwebs, mapped out a rudimentary single-track trail system, and in April of that year opened Over the Edge Sports bike store. He had six customers – his buddies that helped carve the trails. Today, mountain biking is a major economic driver for Fruita, catapulting the town into a premier biking destination. Each spring and fall draws mountain bikers from around the world. In April, Over the Edge kicks off the cycling season with its Fruita Fat Tire Festival, where mountain biking fans worldwide come to test-ride the latest bikes, and listen to live music performed outside Friday and Saturday evenings. Located in its original building, and serving as an anchor for downtown Fruita, Over the Edge is a full-fledged bike shop with retail sales, rentals and a full service center. According to shop manager Michael Vaca, approximately 70 percent of their business comes from out-of-towners. All the bikes, including state-of-the-art bikes like Trek, Santa Cruz, Juliano, Pivot, Rocky Mountain, Ivis, Evil, BMC, Knolly – are available to rent. If you decide to buy the bike, the rental fee is applied to the purchase price. Renting a bike first allows cyclists to make sure it’s a good fit before spending anywhere from $3,500 to $4,500. The store also sells accessories, custom components, and clothing. “Our customer service is what sets us apart from other bike stores,” Vaca says. “We have same-day shop service. We also sell the best women’s clothing according to our customers.”

Fruita’s trail system boasts hundreds of miles of single-track trails that will take a rider deep into the belly of canyons, onto canyon rims overlooking the Colorado River, and between the flora and fauna of the high desert. Trails can be found in the north Fruita desert off of 18 Road, the Kokopelli trail system at the Loma and Mack I-70 exit, and in Rabbit Valley, near the Utah border. Routes east of Fruita include the Palisade Rim as well as trails on top of Grand Mesa. Trails are built and maintained through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, an organization dedicated to advocating for, building, and maintaining sustainable single-track mountain bike trails in western Colorado. Over the Edge is committed to keeping the trails single-track and sustainable; for that reason 1 percent of every sale goes into the Edge Trail Fund. Their current project is Power the Plunge, a fundraising effort to complete what will be the Palisade Plunge Trail, a breathtaking ride that will take the rider 32 miles from the top of Grand Mesa to the town of Palisade. According to Dan Goss, OTE’s service manager, the plunge will be a 6,000 ft. vertical descent through multiple ecosystems.

Just as the sport of mountain biking has mushroomed since 1995, so has Over The Edge, once a small shop opened on a wing and a prayer. Rarick franchised his business, taking his passion and vision to new places worthy of, as Rarick says, “Over the Edge.” Today, there are OTE shops in Hurricane, Utah; Melrose, Australia; Sedona, Arizona; South Lake, California; and in the near future, Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico. Employees are given the opportunity to participate in an employee exchange for a season, giving them a taste of what other locations offer. It’s a sweet deal for those with a bit of wanderlust. Rarick has since passed the torch to new owners Ross Schnell and George Gatseos, having created a tremendous legacy to the city of Fruita. By following his passion Rarick placed Fruita on the world mountain bike scene. Sometimes, a detour may be the right path to choose. R RELOCATEGV.COM

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ROAN CREEK RANCH GROCERY

FRUITA SHOP SPECIALIZES IN NATURAL, COLORADO-GROWN, RAISED FOODS WRITTEN BY ROBBIE URQUHART | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

Walk into Roan Creek Ranch Grocery on any given Friday, and you will be greeted by Jim Ash, a Grand Valley old-timer, with a warm and welcoming smile. Fridays are this retired printer’s day to mind the store; his daughter Coleen Kyle tends the shop Monday through Thursday, and owner Kathryn Bedell typically works Saturdays. “I offered my time to help in order to get out of the house, but I’m enjoying seeing all the folks that I haven’t seen since high school,” Ash, a 1959 Grand Junction High School graduate, tells me as a young mountain biker purchases an onion from him. It appears all generations – locals and out-of-towners alike – have discovered this Fruita, Colorado gem. Here, like the town itself, old-timers meld comfortably with the edgier younger set.

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We welcome you to Fruita, Colorado!

To learn more about the area or local businesses, please feel free to contact us or stop by when you’re in town. Roan Creek Ranch Grocery resides in a nondescript building on the corner of Circle Park and Aspen Avenue, the main drag of Fruita – a small community less than thirty miles from the Colorado-Utah border. Reminiscent of yesteryear’s small family-owned grocery store, Roan Creek offers meats, honey, cheeses, milk, seasonings, condiments, fish, produce, gift baskets, and bulk specials. Mouth-watering sausages such as Pork Blueberry Spicy Sausage and Apple Cinnamon Pork Sausage share the freezer shelves with rib steaks, pork loin chops, fresh brats, and peppercorn bacon. Cheeses and milk occupy a smaller freezer. Honey, seasonings, vinegar, applesauce and a variety of non-refrigerated foods can be found on the surrounding shelves. Everything sold in the store is produced in Colorado. Roan Creek is a no-frills, very clean, neighborhood store. There’s something comforting about locally produced food. In an era of big box stores and corporate distribution, knowing that food is raised by nearby farmers and ranchers with some skin in the game promises a fresher, safer, more sustainable food supply. These producers are stewards of the land and livestock – some families have been growing or raising food for generations. Kathryn Bedell, owner of the grocery store and Roan Creek Ranch, is no exception. Educated as a large animal veterinarian, she is well versed in the grazing and familial habits of her livestock. Her college classes promoted raising cattle as big and as fast as possible to “feed the world.” Since then, she’s turned to a more holistic way of ranching. Raising healthy, happy animals in a natural environment with minimal stress has become her priority. Dr. Bedell explains, “When we handle or move the animals they are treated humanely and quietly so they are not stressed. We raise happy livestock.” Bedell does not use artificial fertilizers, pesticides or growth hormones in her food production.

Located at 432 E. Aspen Ave Call us at 970-858-3894 Or check out our local businesses at fruitachamber.org

We hope to see you soon!

Bedell’s ranch is located on owned and leased properties in Mesa and Garfield counties and the cattle are moved with the seasons for optimal grazing and weather. Raised in southern California, Bedell landed on the Western Slope after receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California-Davis. Last year, Bedell showed her appreciation for Fruita when she hosted a community dinner where she donated her grass-fed beef ribs for the 250 residents who attended. Bedell participates in monthly Fruita Fourth Fridays when there’s art, live music, plus street food, and many businesses remain open during the evening. Bedell also contributes to the community by sitting on the Downtown Advisory Board. R For healthy, local foods visit Roan Creek Ranch Grocery, located at 119 East Aspen Avenue. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. RELOCATEGV.COM

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PALISADE TO WELCOME A SECOND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY WRITTEN BY EVAN LINKO

Driving into Denver after the passage of Colorado’s Amendment 64, regarding the use and regulation of marijuana, motorists often come across a “green mile,” where marijuana dispensaries, advertisements and general weed imagery extend down a massive thoroughfare.

When Colleen Scanlon-Maynard, vice president of sales and market development for Happy Camper first proposed the business idea to the Palisade Board of Trustees, she showed them a photo of Denver’s “green mile,” saying, “You don’t want that.” Happy Camper also operates a store in Bailey, Colorado. Scanlon is part-owner of both the shop in Bailey, and the one opening in Palisade. In the fall of 2017, the town of Palisade opened up applications for two new retail marijuana licenses. Fourteen businesses participated in a lottery style selection. Happy Camper and another company were chosen to submit their proposals to the state to open a shop. So far, Happy Camper has followed through.

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Mesa County banned medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, and subsequently banned recreational marijuana dispensaries before Amendment 64 passed in 2012. Since then, the only dispensaries in the Grand Valley have been located in Palisade, which has issued selective individual business licenses. The Weedery opened in the fall of 2017. The new recreational Happy Camper marijuana dispensary, at 1041 N. River Road will have a gathering area out front, greenhouses and a production facility. Scanlon highlights that aside from being a storefront dispensary, the company produces marijuana concentrates. “We want to become the high-end boutique,” Scanlon says. Employees receive weekly education on the marijuana products to help customers experience a profound experience, Scanlon says. “You can feel confident coming in, because we’ll help you.” she says. People who know exactly what they want can expect quick service, she adds. Happy Camper expects to appeal to the burgeoning outdoor recreation industry in the Grand Valley,

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Coming into Palisade, Grand Valley’s eastern entrance, you’ll will see orchards, vineyards, and a bucolic downtown where Grand Valley’s only medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries, Colorado Alternative Health Care, and Colorado Weedery are located. That is, until later this winter when Happy Camper Cannabis, Palisade’s second recreational marijuana dispensary opens.


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“We want to become the high-end boutique.” – Colleen Scanlon-Maynard, co-owner of Happy Camper Cannabis

where hiking, mountain biking and rafting nearby rivers are popular activities. The shop will have a fire pit out front with places to sit, and tools available for people to work on their bikes. Scanlon says she hopes it can be a fun gathering area. “You can’t use product there, but you’re welcome to sit and rest,” Scanlon says.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel newspaper, Palisade made $130,000 in revenue off the excise tax levied on Colorado Weedery since it opened last fall. The town rang in 2018 with a $10,000 surplus, and a planned increase of $500,000 in revenue for the year. Tax revenue from a second dispensary will increase the town’s coffers even more. But don’t expect this picturesque western Colorado town to grow its own “green mile.” Palisade “can be a leader in how to bring it in and have it be a compliment to the city,” Scanlon says. Sean Dickman, a bartender at the Palisade Café, in downtown Palisade, welcomes the additional dispensary. “Personally, I’ve always been a fan of having the most options,” Dickman says. Visitors to the town often come in asking where they can find the dispensary, and soon he will have more than one place to send them. R

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The Weedery, 125 Peach Avenue, unit C, is located near the town’s center, not far from Interstate-70, whereas Happy Camper will be located a little further from downtown.


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WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS

WINERY/VINEYARD

LOCATION

PHONE

WEBSITE

Carlson Vineyards

461 35 Rd, Palisade

970-464-5554

carlsonvineyards.com

Colorado Cellars Winery

3553 E Rd, Palisade

970-464-7921

coloradocellars.com

Colterris Wines

3548 E 1/2 Rd, Palisade

970-464-1150

colterris.com

DeBeque Canyon Winery

351 W. 8th St. (HWY 6)

970-464-0550

debequecanyonwinery.com

Garfield Estates Winery

3572 G Rd, Palisade

970-464-0941

garfieldestates.com

Grande River Vineyards

787 N. Elberta Ave.

970-464-5867

granderivervineyards.com

Graystone Winery

3352 F Rd, Clifton

970-434-8610

graystonewines.com

Gubbini Winery

3697 F Rd, Palisade

970-270-7185

gubbiniwinery.com

Hermosa Vineyards

3269 3/4 C Rd, Palisade

970-640-0940

hermosavineyards.com

Maison la Belle Vie Winery

3575 G Rd, Palisade

970-464-2244

maisonlabellevie.com

Meadery of the Rockies

3701 G Rd, Palisade

970-464-9288

meaderyoftherockies.com

Mesa Park Vineyards

3321 C Rd, Palisade

970-628-9113

mesaparkvineyards.com

Plum Creek Cellars

3708 G Rd, Palisade

970-464-7586

plumcreekwinery.com

Ptarmigan Vineyards

221 31 3/10 Rd, Grand Junction

970-434-2015

stonymesa.com

Red Fox Cellars

695 36 Rd, Palisade

970-464-1099

redfoxcellars.com

Reeder Mesa Vineyards

7799 Reeder Mesa Rd, Whitewater

970-242-7468

reedermesawines.com

St. Kathryn Cellars

785 Elberta Ave, Palisade

970-464-1300

stkathryncellars.com

Talon Winery

785 Elberta Ave, Palisade

970-464-1300

talonwines.com

Two Rivers Winery & Chateau

2087 Broadway, Grand Junction

970-241-3155

tworiverswinery.com

Varaison Vineyards & Winery

405 W. 1st St, Palisade

970-464-4928

varaisonvineyards.com

Whitewater Hill Vineyards

220 32 Rd, Grand Junction

970-434-6868

whitewaterhill.com

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A Natural Pairing PALISADE’S ART AND AGRICULTURE

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WRITTEN BY JODI BUCHAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN REDDING

In Palisade, Colorado, a harmony of natural phenomenon and cultivated land draws artists to the eastern end of the Grand Valley. Peaches, grapevines and lavender grow in orderly compliment to expansive rock formations and the Colorado River’s curving path. On display along the thoroughfares and byways are artistic interpretations. Wine tasting rooms pair art with pours of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sculptures of iron and stone and fruit trees stand alongside orchards and on Main Street. The creative cornerstone of Palisade’s vibrant art community is the Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W 3rd St..

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“There is the beauty of nature everywhere, but there is a particular appeal to agriculture—the rows of orchards and vineyards.” – Kay Crane, artist, Director Blue Pig Gallery

Artists who show at the gallery share time as hosts and event volunteers true to the co-op spirit and many are associated with groups connected to the gallery like Palisade Art Lovers (PALS), Plein Air Artists and new kid on the block Palisade Art Vision (PAV). Palisade Art Vision’s mission is to share art; to make it part of an everyday experience—one that is not driven by destination, but by passersby awareness. Recently, PAV worked with the town of Palisade to install sculptures on loan around various municipal locations. Local artist Dave Davis developed

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the concept for Art on the Corner (AOTC) back in 1984 in an effort to help revitalize downtown Grand Junction. PALS began over forty years ago by likeminded women who wanted to share their typically isolating art activities in a more social atmosphere. They meet once a month and collaborate to sponsor annual art shows. For years, the “Peach Blossom Art Show” was their salute to spring awaking in the orchards. In 2015, they organized “A Dam Art Show,” a singular celebration for the Roller Dam’s 100th birthday (Grand Valley Diversion Dam in DeBeque Canyon). For this event, contributing artists were granted rare behind-the-gates access for the opportunity to paint in plein air. Plein air painters, however, don’t need a special event to be inspired. PALS president Susan Metzger says artists set up in the outdoors where businesses like Z’s Orchard and Sage Creations Organic Farm welcome them into their fields. Artists from Utah and all over Colorado “tend to migrate to Palisade,” says Metzger, who specializes in batik. “The river with its giant old cottonwoods, the sinuous canals, the rows of trees—the inspiration is endless.” R

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Executive Director Kay Crane says The Blue Pig is a “destination gallery,” where visitors can browse through The Piglet gift shop in the “Art Cellar” or weave through the main floor’s maze of displays. The workshop on the top floor features studies for those who want to expand their palette of expertise guided by notable fine artists like Nancy Lewis. Additionally, it is a venue for local events, home to the annual Art & Chocolate walk and juried contests for event artwork, including Colorado Mountain Winefest and the Palisade Peach Festival.


GRAND VALLEY REAL ESTATE

CHOOSING AN AREA TO LIVE IN THE GRAND VALLEYY

WRITTEN BY MIKE MORAN

When deciding a specific area in which to live, people have a range of choices within a 25-mile radius. Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Clifton, the Redlands, Orchard Mesa, East Orchard, and Loma-Mack are some of the areas from which to choose.

TOWN OF PALISADE Palisade offers a mixture of elbowroom and high-density housing. Famous for its 20+ acre orchards, some working wineries sell for $1 million or more. But most Palisade homes are on smaller acreage, providing families with an opportunity to grow famous Palisade peaches, apples, apricots or cherries. Homes in the heart of town can sell for less than $150,000. With 2,600 people, Palisade is a place where “everybody knows your name.” TOWN OF FRUITA Fruita is in a traditional farm territory transitioning into an urban area and mountain biking mecca. The city has nearly doubled in size over 20 years and boasts about 10,000 people. Fruita features the only public recreation center in Mesa County, a microbrewery, quaint restaurants and—of course—bike shops. Homes in the city proper can be found for less than $180,000, while higher end homes in newer subdivisions list for $695,000 and up. And homes sitting on several acres can reach the $1 million range.

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TOWNS OF LOMA AND MACK West of Fruita, the Loma-Mack region features desert terrain with some irrigated sections. Five-acre parcels of land are available, with large farms of 80 acres list for $500,000 and above. As is the case with every area in the valley, some new subdivisions feature high-end homes listing for $350,000 and more. REDLANDS- AREA OF GRAND JUNCTION To the southwest of Grand Junction, the Redlands area offers many high-end homes and townhomes at the base of the breathtaking Colorado National Monument. The old axiom that home values are based on “location, location, location” certainly applies when homes go on the market in the Redlands. Subdivisions such as Independence Ranch offer striking views of the Monument’s rock monoliths, spires and canyons. Large homes on large lots combine to drive prices into the $600,000 to $900,000 range. Yet, smaller, older homes in the Redlands can be purchased for less than $180,000. NORTH- AREA OF GRAND JUNCTION The north area mixes subdivisions with largeacre trophy homes and sweeping views of the valley. Some subdivisions, such as Paradise Hills, were built up during the oil shale boom of the late 1970s, when western Colorado was at the epicenter of a national experiment to extract oil from shale rock. Newer subdivisions have been built north and northeast of Paradise Hills, to the west of Grand Junction Regional Airport. Homes range from $180,000--$800,000 in the north, and owners have easy access to the airport, Mesa Mall and downtown Grand Junction.

ORCHARD MESA- AREA OF GRAND JUNCTION Orchard Mesa provides a little higher elevation and easier access to the southwest Colorado mountains than does the city of Grand Junction. While OM offers a range of housing prices, people looking for bargains and “fixer uppers” can find many on Orchard Mesa, with prices under $100,000. Other sections of the area, such as the Spyglass subdivision sitting on a ridge providing knockout views of the city, feature homes in the $300,000--$400,000 range. EAST ORCHARD MESA East Orchard Mesa, south of Palisade, offers even higher elevation with views of the Palisade wineries and orchards below. Indicative of the mixed values associated with most sections of the Grand Valley, East Orchard Mesa features historic orchards and farms, vacant land and a high end gated subdivision, called Bonny Brook. Buyers can find land going for around $30,000 an acre, and high-end homes for $400,000--$900,000. CITY OF CLIFTON Clifton is an unincorporated area north of East Orchard Mesa between Grand Junction and Palisade. This section can be unfairly labeled as a low-price area. Some of the older homes and townhomes are in the under-$120,000 range, but some newly developed pockets of the Clifton area feature attractive properties priced at $250,000 and above. No matter what kind of area, or what kind of price range you might look for when moving to Mesa County, the area certainly has much to choose from, and much to offer beyond the homestead. R

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CITY OF GRAND JUNCTION Grand Junction proper provides many urban amenities. From an indoor shopping mall to a downtown shopping park, large chain stores to locally owned boutiques; a convention center to a performing arts theater, Grand Junction features a small town feel with the advantages of larger cities. The downtown area has many Victorian style homes, many selling for below national average prices, as well as newer and more upscale homes in some newer subdivisions.


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Glenwood Springs FOR BREATHTAKING VIEWS & ADVENTURES

Glenwood Springs is located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains just 90 miles east of Grand Junction. Famous for its geothermal amenities and outdoor adventures, Glenwood Springs is home to many one-of-a-kind attractions. Here’s a sampling of what this gorgeous area has to offer:

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The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is considered the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool; it features two enormous outdoor pools and an award-winning spa. The pools were first used by Native Americans who continue to consider the hot springs sacred. The thermal waters are 90-93 degrees Fahrenheit in the large pool, and 104 F in the smaller, therapy pool. Features like the two water slides, a diving board and bubble chairs bring out the child in everyone. Other amenities include the award-winning Spa of the Rockies, a 107-room lodge, an athletic club, a retail store and restaurant. Situated along the Colorado River is Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which boasts 16 smaller mineral pools, all varying in temperatures that range from 99 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. These smaller thermal spring pools are surrounded by a quiet zone to enhance relaxation. With kids and families in mind, the large freshwater pool is heated to a comfortable 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Resting at the edge of this family pool is an elevated jetted spa with a perfect soaking temperature of just over 100 F. Parents can enjoy the hotter water while supervising their children below. The mountain-top Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park combines spectacular cave tours and thrill amusement rides with breathtaking views. The park’s “Haunted Mine Drop” ride was named USA Today’s “Best new Amusement Park Ride” of 2017. Other thrilling rides include “The Cliffhanger” – North America’s highest elevation roller coaster; the “Giant Canyon Swing,” which soars out into Glenwood Canyon 1,300 above the Colorado River (The giant swing can accommodate up to four riders at a time, so you can share the adrenaline rush with friends); additional exciting rides with breathtaking views are the Alpine Coaster and the Glenwood Canyon Flyer. The Western-themed park is primarily noted for its pristine cave formations with several tours offered. The Yampah Vapor Caves features naturally-occurring mineral steam baths – a rare geological feature. The thermal spring water contains 34 minerals and trace elements and flows through the cave floors via narrow channels at a simmering 125 degrees Fahrenheit to create an underground geothermal steam sauna. The Ute Indians used the vapor caves for purification rituals when they inhabited the area. Another geological wonder is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, one of the most beautiful hikes in Colorado. Though just under a mile in length, the trail is rocky and steep; be prepared with proper gear and plenty of hydration. The best views for photos are from the boardwalk surrounding the lake. After making it to the top, don’t miss Spouting Rock, just a short walk along a marked trail, where water comes rushing through a hole in the cliff face.

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During the warm weather months, rafting through scenic Glenwood Canyon, cycling paved and unpaved trails, and fishing the region’s Gold Medal rivers and streams are top choices for visitors. Come fall, Glenwood Springs welcomes big game hunters to the area, as well as visitors seeking autumn fall colors as the aspen trees turn to gold. Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling at Sunlight Mountain Resort dominate winter itineraries. With 67 trails covering over 680 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of over 2,000 feet, Sunlight Mountain Resort is exceptionally diverse. The topography features everything from cruisers to heart-stopping steeps all at family-friendly prices. Sunlight Mountain’s Extreme ski run challenges all experts. The Heathen run, with a pitch of 52 percent, is one of the steepest trails in the state. Sunlight is also home to one of the longest trails, the Ute, which is a beginner slope that winds more than 2.5 miles from the summit to the base. There are additionally two terrain parks that accommodate snowboarders. Glenwood Springs also has a thriving dining and entertainment scene. With everything from farm-totable eateries to award-winning breweries, Glenwood Springs’ dynamic dining scene offers a continuous source of culinary delights. For entertainment, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue keeps visitors in stitches with its hilarious comedy show. Other venues and restaurants regularly offer music and dancing. The town also has an interesting past. Western icon, John Henry “Doc” Holliday came to Glenwood Springs seeking a cure for his advanced tuberculosis. Unfortunately for him, his luck ran out. Western history and “Doc” fans pay homage to the gunslinger-dentist by making the short hike to his grave marker in Linwood Cemetery. R For more information on all the activities and adventure offered in Glenwood Springs, please visit: visitglenwood.com.

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HELPFUL INFORMATION MESA COUNTY mesacounty.us Waste Management County Assessor

CONTACT 970-241-6846 970-244-1610

Motor Vehicle Elections Health Department Workforce Center Human Services Public Transportation-GVT Grand Valley Irrigation

970-244-1664 970-244-1662 970-248-6900 970-248-0871 970-241-8480 gvt.mesacounty.us irrigationprovidersgv.org 970-242-2762

AIRLINES Grand Junction Regional Airport Allegiant Air

CONTACT gjairport.com 702-505-8888

American Airlines/American Eagle Delta/Skywest Connection Denver Air Connection United Airlines/United Express US Airways

800-433-7300 800-221-1212 303-925-1682 800-864-8331 800-433-7300

TRANSPORTATION A Touch With Class Limousine Absolute Prestige Limousine

ADDRESS 2 258 Kingston Rd, Grand Junction Loma, CO

Amtrak Train Station

339 S. 1st St, Grand Junction

Grand Valley Transit Greyhound Bus Lines

525 S. 6th St, Grand Junction 230 S. 5th St, Grand Junction

JR's Carriage Service K2 Taxi Park West Air Tours

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Sunshine Taxi

1321 Ute Ave, Grand Junction

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RENTAL AGENCIES Action Rent-A-Car Alamo Rent-A-Car Avis Rent-A-Car Budget Rent-A-Car Dollar Car Rent-A-Car EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals / Motorcycle Accessories Enterprise Rent-A-Car Enterprise Rent-A-Car Funshares RV & Sport Rentals Grand Junction Harley-Davidson Hertz Rent-A-Car National Car Rental Thrifty Car Rental

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CITY OF GRAND JUNCTION gjcity.org Utility Billing Parks and Recreation

CONTACT 970-244-1579 970-254-3866

City Clerk’s Office (Election Info) Police Department Downtown Grand Junction Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau

970-244-1511 970-242-6707 downtowngj.org gjchamber.org

CITY OF FRUITA fruita.org Administration Community Development

CONTACT 970-858-3663 970-858-0786

Public Works Parks and Recreation Trash Pickup Utility Billing Fruita Chamber of Commerce

970-858-9558 970-858-0360 970-858-3663 970-858-3663 fruitachamber.org

PALISADE townofpalisade.org Public Works Community Development

CONTACT 970-464-1116 970-464-5602

Palisade Police Parks & Recreation Palisade Chamber of Commerce

970-464-5601 970-464-5602 palisadecoc.com

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