Colorado’s Hidden Gem: Outdoor Recreation on Grand Mesa
When you want to get off the beaten track, find a special camping site, trail or fishing hole, come explore the Grand Mesa, a true hidden gem in Colorado. Explore the Scenic Byway and you’ll be certain to find a spot to call your own, full of great memories and a spirit of adventure. The Grand Mesa is vast, with 346,500 acres of alpine forests and over 300 lakes flanked with red rock canyons and rolling oak brush covered hills. The 63 mile National Scenic Byway is a bucket list ride for bicycle touring and part of the acclaimed Colorado Cols high routes. Start your ride in Mesa and finish in the quaint town of Cedaredge for a hot soak and cold beer.
Get out the tent, the camper or come for the character of cozy cabins at one of the many lodges on Grand Mesa. Outfit your favorite fishing pole in the style you choose and cast for seven species of trout. The lakes on the Grand Mesa are fished in the warmer months and also are ready for the ice fisherman.
For trail enthusiasts, there’s something for all abilities on the Mesa. Hiking and trail running on the Crag Crest National Recreation Trail is a breathtaking experience . . . no really! At 10,500 ft elevation even the most fit adventurer will be stopping to take an breath and enjoy the jaw-dropping views along this 10 mile loop. For the softer side of hiking with equally spectacular views try the Land O’ Lakes Overlook, a gentle hike with views of 13 lakes and the valley floor below. Mountain bikers enjoy the rolling Flowing Park Loop and, for more downhill thrills, the Old Grand Mesa Shuttle Run. Pick up a copy of the Short Hikes Brochure at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center, U.S. Forest Service staff will be able to help you out.
Any time of year you will want your camera. You can find natural beauty around every corner. Wildlife can be found from the least chipmunk to the majestic moose. Come explore Grand Mesa and you can always find something to frame for that special shot.