Grand Junction Journals

HEART OF DINOSAUR COUNTRY

A travel journal to Grand Junction by TRAVELPRO guide

Dinosaur Days Photo, Grand Junction, Colorado More Photos
Quote: If you like dinosaurs, you'll be enhanted with the Grand Junction area. Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, but the spirit of these gigantic creatures remains very much alive in the Grand Junction area of western Colorado, the heart of dinosaur country.

HEART OF DINOSAUR COUNTRY

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The city on Colorado's Western Slope hosts a dinosaur festival, has a local wine named after dinosaurs, and dinosaur sculptures around the town.

This vast area lays claim to more than 30 dinosaur species, including the world's largest and smallest adult dinosaurs. You can visit a quarry where dinosaurs are being dug up.

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This bar and grill is located in a 1925 building with a tall, metal-embossed ceiling. It once housed an electric company and later a bank.

When we ate here, we found that locals of all ages and occupations come here in downtown Grand Junction to enjoy the good food and camaraderie. We saw business people and seniors at lunch, and college students riding their bicycles to the happy hour. The owner told us that young couples arrive in limousines for dinner or come in sports cars for a late evening snack.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Blue Moon Bar and Grill
120 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, Colorado

G B Gladstones

Restaurant

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This is a restaurant with good food and fun decor.

A hanging display case in the front entryway exhibits old-time memorabilia of G B. Gladstones, a fictional Old West character created just for fun.

The restaurant has a spacious outdoor patio which seats 70 in the summer. There's room for 150 inside the restaurant, plus another 50 at the ornate mirrored/oak bar in the center of the restaurant. Even though his restaurant is one of the city's finest, the meals are reasonably priced. Specialties include prime rib and a fresh seafood of the day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

G B Gladstones
2531 North 12th
Grand Junction, Colorado
(970) 241-6000

Dinosaur Days

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Attraction | "Western Colorado's Dinosaur Journey"

Dinosaur Days Photo, Grand Junction, Colorado
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Harold Bollan, manager at Museum of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey in nearby Fruita, took us on a tour through the paleontology lab which adjoins the museum. The former professor enthusiastically showed us how he slowly chips away at the rock surrounding an embedded dinosaur bone. Then he told us how he sometimes dips the fossils in vinegar to clean them without harming them. After the fossilized dinosaur bones are carefully removed from the rock, he joins them together. Bollan showed us a dinosaur hip bone with scratches on the surface, explaining that the marks were most likely tooth scars of a predator. He explained that the Allosaurus was one of the largest m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

Dinosaur Days
Downtown
Grand Junction, Colorado

Cross Orchards Historic Farm

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Cross Orchards Historic Farm Photo, Grand Junction, Colorado
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This turn-of-the century Grand Junction living history farm with its old gas pumps, silo, blacksmith shop, and farming implements reminds us of our rural roots in Oklahoma and Kansas. Cross Orchards Historic Farm, an outdoor museum of the Museum of Western Colorado, is much more than a restored fruit farm. Its 20 acres contain many auxiliary buildings and outdoor exhibits dedicated to interpreting the social and agricultural heritage of Western Colorado. In addition to observing how a working orchard operated in the early 1900s, we saw an amazing assortment of horse-drawn farming implements, vintage road-building and construction equipment, and old narrow gauge railroad...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

Cross Orchards Historic Farm
3073 F Road
Grand Junction, Colorado 81504
(970) 434-9814

Dinosaur Days

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We attended Grand Junction’s annual Dinosaur Days celebration during the third week of July and discovered dinosaur fever rises to a high pitch during this event.

The event starts with a parade, with many different kinds of dinosaur floats. We even saw people dressed as dinosaurs.

Other festival activities include a Stegosaurus Stomp street dance, bike and raft races, 5K run/walk, artisan and food booths– all spiked with a touch of dinosaur madness.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Dinosaur Days
Downtown
Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado National Monument

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Dinosaurs aren't the only things to see here. We enjoyed a panoramic view of the Grand Valley from top of the hills in Colorado National Monument. It's located 20 minutes west of Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument has been described as one of the grandest natural landscapes in the modern American West. At sunset, it's especially beautiful with its brilliant red and orange hues. The geological wonder rises 2,000 feet above the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. This colorful maze of canyons meanders over 20,000 acres of arched windows, sculptured sandstone rock spires, and natural monoliths–all thrown by the hands of wind and rain over millions of years. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Colorado National Monument
West of the city
Grand Junction, Colorado

Grand Mesa

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We drove thirty miles east of Grand Junction up to the Grand Mesa or as locals say "the Mesa." This giant natural sandstone formation is one of the largest flat-topped mountains in the world. It's 34,000 acres of tall timber contain many hiking trails and fishing lakes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Grand Mesa
30 miles east
Grand Junction, Colorado