Western Slope Events
Western Slope events take place in the Colorado cities of Grand Junction, Dinosaur, Meeker, Fruita, Palisade, Parachute, Montrose, Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton and Telluride. Delta County is also in the Western Slope of Colorado and includes the towns of Cedar Edge, Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
The western side of Colorado is primarily a rural area with a climate that’s perfect for growing peaches, grapes, lavender, apples and anything else that comes out the ground. There are 2500 acres of orchards in Delta County alone. There are 140 wine producers in Colorado and most of them are along the Western Slope. The hot days and cool nights are prime for growing grapes. Many wineries on the western slope celebrate their bounty with Wine festivals. With all this farming taking place, signature Western Slope events center around agriculture, harvests and wine.
Tour of the Moon, September 29, 2019 GRAND JUNCTION: The Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. Its legacy continues as one of the premier road cycling events in the western United States.
Most attention is paid to Colorado’s Front Range eastern cities filled with bright lights, unlimited highways, massive cultural attractions and lots of people. But the western slope holds treasures not found anywhere else in the world. National Parks on the western slope include Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments. On the southern corner of Colorado is the most spectacular Mesa Verde National Park.
As if that weren’t enough, the western slope is home to the White River and Grand Mesa National Forest.
Western Slope Events Venues
- Avalon Theatre
- Colorado National Monument (Fruita)
- Colorado River State Park (Fruita)
- Country Jam Ranch
- Dinosaur Journey Museum (Fruita)
- Downtown Grand Junction
- Fruita Civic Center Park
- Las Colonias Amphitheater
- Mesa Theater
- Two Rivers Convention Center
- Paonia Town Park
Signature Western Slope Events
- Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in May
- Country Jam in June
- Downtown Music Festival
- Colorado Mountain Winefest in September
- Fruita Fat Tire Festivals in April
- Palisade Peach Festival in August
- Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festivals in June