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Things to do in Mesa County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Park
“This canyon is extraordinary it is the Grand Canyon of Colorado and a MUST see if visiting. And the north rim is only 29 miles from Sage View Ranch. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
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“A favorite of locals known for their "Bin Burger". A bit pricier restaurant, but worth it. Lunch is a great option.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The best pizza and local beer. All the bikers frequent this spot. They have a great outdoor area. And in the back there is another area with a small stage where local musicians play. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Inspired by Pablo Picasso who changed the art world with his revolutionary creations, Pablo’s Pizza hopes to have the same extraordinary impact on your taste buds. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and currently includes 28 pizzas, 11 salads, plus homemade cookies.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Dream Cafe offers a fun and uniquely hip atmosphere to enjoy the breakfast or lunch you've been "dreaming about". Busy most mornings so be patient the food is worth the extra wait. You’ll find a wide variety of options ranging from deliciously distinctive Eggs Benedict and Specialty Pancakes (including a gluten free option), to mid-morning Bloody Mary's or sparkling Mimosas.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Nature
“This offers downhill biking until the snow comes, then it offers skiing and snowboarding. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Great local beer and food! Very fun and inviting for a groups of friends and families! They always have great live music! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“After you see the view of this from our guesthouse, you will definitely want to visit it. Great to drive thru or enjoy the many hiking and biking trails. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“ il Bistro specializes in preparing authentic Northern Italian cuisine and offers a wine list focused on Colorado and Italian wines only. Since the restaurant’s beginning in 1998, there has always been a conscious effort to use as many local ingredients and Colorado foods as possible. The menu changes often with the seasons, but signature dishes like the Rosetta, a house made pasta rolled with oven roasted rosemary ham and provolone cheese, baked and served with spicy tomato cream sauce, are generally always available.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Best bloody mary's in the state!!! Fun distillery and great environment! Not kid friendly”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“inexpensive and interesting our area is well known for the bones that have been found here”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“Good spot to go get on wifi and do some work. Some good breakfast options, good coffee, and an open, inviting place to work.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Eye Doctor
“Love learning about the wild west? This museum is home to some amazing artifacts. The Museum of the West offers a thousand years of history that can be experienced. "Ride" in a stagecoach, "fly" a 1958 Cessna, gaze upon an ancient Anasazi pottery, follow the history of the weapons that tamed the west and venture into our uranium mine that will take you back to the "boom" of the 1950s. Discover exciting new exhibits that educate and entertain. Get connected to a wealth of historical, genealogical and natural history materials in the Loyd Files Research Library.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great place to eat, drink and socialize. Great local brews and live music.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“This place puts a fresh new spin on tacos. The use all local produce an ingredients. Some of their tacos are seasonal but always delicious and the mixed drinks are made from fresh ingredients too.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“A favorite of locals known for their "Bin Burger". A bit pricier restaurant, but worth it. Lunch is a great option.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The best pizza and local beer. All the bikers frequent this spot. They have a great outdoor area. And in the back there is another area with a small stage where local musicians play. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Inspired by Pablo Picasso who changed the art world with his revolutionary creations, Pablo’s Pizza hopes to have the same extraordinary impact on your taste buds. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and currently includes 28 pizzas, 11 salads, plus homemade cookies.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“ il Bistro specializes in preparing authentic Northern Italian cuisine and offers a wine list focused on Colorado and Italian wines only. Since the restaurant’s beginning in 1998, there has always been a conscious effort to use as many local ingredients and Colorado foods as possible. The menu changes often with the seasons, but signature dishes like the Rosetta, a house made pasta rolled with oven roasted rosemary ham and provolone cheese, baked and served with spicy tomato cream sauce, are generally always available.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place to eat, drink and socialize. Great local brews and live music.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Taco Place
“This place puts a fresh new spin on tacos. The use all local produce an ingredients. Some of their tacos are seasonal but always delicious and the mixed drinks are made from fresh ingredients too.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
“If you like fresh food this is a great lunch place. The guacamole is super fresh, made to order and the chips are fresh and warm. This place also has gluten free options.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“At staple in downtown Grand Junction since 1994, Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery is committed to serving up local meats, produce, and of course, beer! Whether you’re craving jalapeno chicken mac-n-cheese, blackened catfish, or fresh salads and sandwiches, there is something for everyone. Pair your meal with any of Rockslide’s popular brews with names like Widow Maker Wheat, Rabbit Ears Amber Ale, Big Bear Stout, Cold Shivers Pale Ale, Raspberry Wheat or Kokopelli Cream Ale. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

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