Last Updated: October 12, 2022

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway in Colorado


Grand Mesa Fall Colors

Grand Mesa in Fall – Image Courtesy of Jay Gannett 


The Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is one of those hidden gems in Colorado you have probably never heard of.

It is a stunning drive in the western side of Colorado that runs from just east of Grand Junction, over the Grand Mesa and then heads sound to the Cedaredge where it ends near Delta. It passes a wide range of jaw-dropping scenery including the Chalk Mountain, Grand Mesa lakes, and the adrenaline-pumping Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

Sights On The Grand Mesa Scenic Byway

There are quite a few noteworthy stops on the Grand Mesa Byway, including:

The Town of Mesa

Mesa Town

Grand Mesa lakes

Grand Mesa Lakes – Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

The Grand Mesa

The Grand Mesa itself is a sight to behold. Being the largest flat-topped mountain in the world covering an estimated 500 square miles (1,300 square km). It is very easy to see from a distance as it rises 6,000 feet (1,800 m) above the surrounding valleys. At over 2 miles above sea level, the top of the Grand Mesa includes over 300 lakes in total and is used for local drinking water and for fishing.

Powerhorn Ski Resort

Pioneer Town

Grand Mesa National Forest

Grand Mesa National Forest

Raber Cow Camp & Interpretive Walk

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Recreation Activities

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • ATV
  • Snow Biking
  • Skiing – All kinds
  • Snowshoeing

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