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.
 
National Park Service: Colorado National Monument Link
 
Ski Powderhorn Link
 
 
 
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
09/19 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 83F. S winds at less than 5 mph, increasing to 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
09/20 0%
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 83F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Friday
09/21 0%
Clear
Sunny. High around 85F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Clear
Saturday
09/22 0%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High 86F. SE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
 

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