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Road Trips: 3-Day Drive From Denver To Grand Junction, Colorado

By Ryan Haase
May 13, 2021 10:47 am ET
Day 1: Denver to Salida

175 miles

Breakfast from Crema Coffee House (cremacoffeehouse.net) fuels the 2-hour-15-minute launch out of Denver’s orbit and into the mountains toward Buena Vista (“BYOO-nuh Vista” if you want to blend in). Along the Arkansas River, the town is a jumping-in point for kayakers, white-water rafters and stand-up paddleboarders (which is why you see so many signs asking you “SUP?”). If the rapids look too rapid, stroll instead along the banks in South Main, a meticulous neighborhood of gabled homes and shops that feels slightly staged but nonetheless stylish. Pop into the bar at the Surf Hotel, which anchors the area, for a refreshment on the wraparound balcony that overlooks the river (surfhotel.com).

Day 2: Salida to Paonia

217 miles

Show no restraint when selecting your breakfast items at Salida’s Little Red Hen Bakery (littleredhensalida.com). The drive west over Monarch Pass offers a panorama of the Sawatch mountain range as you cross the Continental Divide, the boundary that decides whether a river flows east or west. Continue on to Crested Butte, carved with plenty of hiking and biking paths. During the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, July 9-18, local guides lead walks to the lushest spots, including the Rustler Gulch and Beckwith Pass trails (crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.org). Back in town, brightly painted buildings along Elk Avenue host convivial places such as Secret Stash (secretstash.com), which serves cheeky pizzas like the Booty Call (a heap of meat).

Day 3: Paonia to Grand Junction

282 miles

Before leaving Paonia, stock the car with tamales, honey and cider from Big B’s store and cafe, which sits steps away from their apple orchard (bigbs.com). Then drive over to Western Culture Farmstead & Creamery for some fresh feta and chevre and to coo over the adorable baby goats (westernculturefarmstead.com). It’s 2½ hours south to Telluride, sitting in a box canyon of 13ers and 14ers in a landscape that could be Switzerland’s stunt double. The emerald peaks crowd around this former mining town, now an upscale enclave of art galleries, cafes and shops. Get a lay of the land aboard the town’s free gondola, which lifts riders 1,750 feet above the valley floor. By late afternoon, the final leg of this tour sends you north 2.5 hours to Palisade, where in summer, orchards all over burst with the town’s prized peaches. Then, with space left on your camera-phone for one more astonishing landmass, take the scenic Rim Rock Drive through Colorado National Monument, 32 square miles of sandstone plateaus and rock formations with plenty of roadside overlooks along the route.

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News: Top 5 Stories For May 10, 2021 (Video)

Five stories to know for May 10: Shootings in Colarado and New York’s Times Square, China’s rocket debris, clashes in Israel, and COVID in India.

1. A man fatally shot six people including his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2. Remnants of China’s biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean, with most of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the atmosphere.

3. Three people including a four-year-old girl were shot in New York City’s Times Square after gunfire broke out in a dispute that they were apparently not involved in, the city’s top police official said.

4. Palestinian protesters threw rocks and Israeli police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets in clashes outside al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, as Israel marked the anniversary of its capture of parts of the city in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

5. Indian coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record daily highs on Monday, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lock down the country.

Views: ‘Winding River Ranch – Colorado’ (Video)

Winding River Ranch is located less than 30 miles from Buena Vista, Buena Vista Central Colorado Regional Airport and 10 minutes by paved State Highway 285 south of Fairplay. It encompasses a highly diverse block of 5,748± acres (3,780± deeded) that lies at 9,300 feet just below the continental divide which includes some of Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot peaks. The lower reaches of the ranch include a rich wetland complex that supports nearly five miles of world-class private fishing on the highly regarded South Fork of the South Platte River. The upper reaches of the ranch include steeper, timbered terrain that offers private trophy quality elk and deer hunting – with rare hunting tags. There is enough land to support modest hay production, summer grazing for livestock and horses and three irrigated food plots, although fish and wildlife are the crop of choice for the current owners.

Colorado Views: ‘The Red Barn’ – Carbondale (Video)

Framed by picturesque vistas and crowned by Mt Sopris, this one-of-a-kind 37.5-acre horse property defies expectations. Nestled along old pines and Aspens, the estate features a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3400 sq. ft home, large outdoor arena, and a magnificent heated barn that you have to see to believe. Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around the primary residence and the ample living space is perfectly designed to make the most of the captivating views.

Views: ‘Renegade Ranch – Telluride, Colorado’

The Telluride Renegade Ranch, offering 602± deeded acres of vacant land (which has also been surveyed into 17 – 35-acre tracts), is just 25 minutes to Telluride Regional Airport, and 30 minutes to Telluride and Telluride Ski Resort. The land is well located on the western edge of Hastings Mesa, nicely positioned off a year-round county-maintained road, and within close proximity to Highway 62. The property is comprised of a combination of aspen groves, giant ponderosa pines, rolling meadows, ponds, native grasslands, rock outcroppings, and 360-degree world-class views of surrounding mountains. The topography provides a mild gradient yet has enough transitional land to create a very private enclave. Explore the caves where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out in the mid-1880s and the remnants of historical cabins. A variety of migratory wildlife, including big game and small game species, traverse through the property.

Morning News Podcast: Colorado Mass Shooting, U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

Police responded to an active shooter incident at the King Soopers grocery store in South Boulder yesterday afternoon. Late last night, officials confirmed that 10 people were shot and killed, including Boulder police officer Eric Tally.

Plus, will the U.S. meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan?

The AstraZeneca vaccine passes initial American trials.

And, why a fire at one Japanese chip plant is affecting the entire auto industry.

Ranch Views: ‘L Quarter Circle’, Gypsum, Colorado

L Quarter Circle in Gypsum, Colorado

Sweetwater Creek meanders through the wide valley of the L Quarter Circle Ranch where the land converges before sweeping into mild gradient, transitional hillside terrain. The 462± acre property is marked by the changing colors of the grassy meadows that bank both sides of the creek, summer wildflowers and aspen trees that trace the wilderness up the hillsides behind the elegant modern farmhouse residence, the manager’s dwelling, bunkhouse and barns.

50± acres of dynamic creek side, a uniquely varied topography, and an abundance of roaming wildlife make the property a standout for fishers, hunters and nature enthusiasts. The rocky peaks of the Sawatch Mountain Range rise down valley while the distinctive Flat Tops surround the valley upstream, adding a sense of seclusion to the property’s expansive viewshed. Driving the county road up Sweetwater Creek, the landscape suddenly opens into the lush valley of the ranch, offering grand views and green meadows.

Just 45 minutes from the town of Eagle and its airport/jet center, a little more than an hour from Beaver Creek and Vail, and less than two hours from Aspen, the L Quarter Circle is a private yet accessible gentleman’s ranch, ideal for family living, and renowned in the area for its extraordinary mountain beauty.

Travel & Leisure: ‘Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado’ (4K Video)

Great Sand Dunes National Park, located in South-Central Colorado is a remarkable place for massive sand dunes – join me as I climb to the highest peak and sled my way back down. Visited October 5, 2020.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife. 

Top Hikes: The ‘Curecanti National Recreation Area’ In West Colorado (Video)

Curecanti National Recreation Area is a National Park Service unit located on the Gunnison River in western Colorado. Established in 1965, Curecanti National Recreation Area is responsible for developing and managing recreational facilities on three reservoirs, Blue Mesa ReservoirMorrow Point Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir, constructed on the upper Gunnison River in the 1960s by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to better utilize the vital waters of the Colorado River and its major tributaries. A popular destination for boating and fishing, Curecanti offers visitors two marinas, traditional and group campgrounds, hiking trails, boat launches, and boat-in campsites. The state’s premiere lake trout and Kokanee salmon fisheries, Curecanti is a popular destination for boating and fishing, and is also a popular area for ice-fishing in the winter months.

Hikes: ‘Black Canyon Of The Gunnison’, Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in western Colorado. It surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge carved through Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River. Roads and trails along the north and south rims have views of the Black Canyon’s dramatic drops and the striated Painted Wall cliff. The winding East Portal Road descends to the river. Wildlife includes mule deer, elk and golden eagles.