Basecamp: Grand Junction

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Grand Junction is located at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers. The name Grand refers to the original name of the Colorado River, with Junction for the Grands meeting of the Gunnison River. The Upper Colorado River from the confluence to the headwaters was renamed in 1921. Settled in the 1880’s, the Grand Valley became the home to a large fruit growing operation by the beginning of the 20th Century.

Book Cliff Range and Mount Garfield.

Today Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope. Most of the surrounding areas are federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The Uncompahgre Plateau is very visable on the south side of the valley, showcasing the Colorado National Monument. The Book Cliff Range, on the north side begins at the Colorado Rivers entrance into the Grand Valley and stretching to the west for 200 miles.

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Friday
09/22 20%
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A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High near 75F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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09/23 50%
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Showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 67F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
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09/24 20%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 62F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
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09/25 0%
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Mainly sunny. High 64F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.