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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Our 1st Visit to Grand Mesa Colorado

Updated: May 22

Small lake, surrounded by aspen trees with a cloudy blue sky
Grand Mesa Colorado

Visiting Grand Mesa, Colorado in the fall is an experience like no other. The area boasts a vibrant display of fall foliage, with a stunning array of colors that make for an incredible visual display. In addition to the breathtaking autumnal colors, the area is also home to many stunning lakes that reflect the surrounding landscape and add an extra layer of beauty to the already stunning scenery. Whether you're a hiker looking for a challenging trail, a photographer seeking the perfect shot, or simply looking for a peaceful place to enjoy the natural beauty of the season, Grand Mesa is the perfect destination. With its picturesque scenery, tranquil atmosphere, and abundance of outdoor activities, Grand Mesa in the fall is an unforgettable experience that should not be missed.

The next day, from the KOA in Montrose, we a did short day trip and drove from Montrose to Delta and then up Highway 65 onto the Grand Mesa. It's called the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. It was the peak color for the area and the Aspen Trees were really putting on a show. The mesa is 10,000 to 11,500 feet in elevation and is just gorgeous. We did a hike at the Mesa Lakes Recreation Area and liked it so much that we went back the next year and spent 9 days there. (See our California to Minnesota blog)

Where to next? On to Great Sand Dunes National Park

Lorna's Tips and Lessons

Others have been surprised when they see our portable ice maker, but we don’t have to rough it to enjoy the outdoors. Since we both like ice in our drinks, this makes sure we never run out. I guess this is what some would call glamping.


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