Located on the western border of Colorado, 250 miles west of Denver, is Mesa County. The County, one of the sixty-four counties in Colorado, encompasses 3,341 square miles, of which approximately 73% is public owned and is controlled primarily by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The County seat, the City of Grand Junction, is the largest city in Western Colorado. The Grand Junction area serves as the banking center, health care service provider and retail trade center for a large geographical area in western Colorado and eastern Utah.

Mesa County Map in Colorado

The landscape of Mesa County has many unique features as it is located in a river valley surrounded by contrasting natural landmarks such as the Colorado National Monument to the West and the Grand Mesa National Forest at the East end. These natural wonders provide diverse and abundant year-round recreational activities for all to enjoy.

The Colorado National Monument is a beautiful geological display of towering red sandstone monoliths set against deep, sheer walled canyons which are dotted throughout the 20 thousand acres of the park. Here, in a desert landscape, there is a variety of wildlife sharing the area with those who enjoy hiking, biking, campfire programs, bird watching, camping and picnicking.

For those who enjoy the cooler environment that a forest provides, Mesa County is blessed to have the Grand Mesa National Forest. The Mesa, as the locals refer to it, is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world which has more than 200 lakes available to challenge the best angler and is home to Powderhorn ski area. Year-round activities can be found at the Mesa, including hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Mesa County, which is frequently referred to as the Grand Valley, is noted for its wide variety of agricultural produce, often boasting the best peaches money can buy. Mesa County's mild climate is a sharp contrast to the eastern slope of Colorado. Mesa County's residents enjoy mild winter temperatures with lows averaging only 14°F (-10°C) in January and the year-round low humidity is savored by all. Both conditions of moderate temperatures and lower humidity create perfect growing conditions for grapes. There are a number of area wineries and vineyards, many who offer interesting tours and delightful samples.

Federal Land in Mesa County

  • Federal Lands 1,559,551 acres
  • BLM 981,360 acres
  • Forest Service 551,634 acres
  • National Park Service 20,487 acres
  • Other Federal 6,070 acres
  • Profile of Public Land Amenities