Visiting Grand Junction

by | Mar 1, 2023 | Articles, Conditions, General Interest, Just For Fun

Thank you to all of our patients who travel from out of town or even from out of state for consultation and treatment.  I’m often sharing information about eating venues or sight seeing recommendations, so here’s a list of some of our favorite places to eat, stay and visit during your stay.


Hotel Maverick.  The IMC has a business account here which patients may use to get about 25% off the standard rate.  I recommend the “monument” view rooms that look out over the southern horizon of the valley.  The on-site restaurant has numerous healthy dishes and great views.  Alert our receptionists if you would like to stay there.


Bamboo City.  Across from our office, good Asian food.

Citrolas.  Classic Italian in a quiet setting.

Thai Smiles.  Fresh Thai food at great price.

626 Rood.  Fine dining with extensive wine selection.  One of the more upscale places.

Suheros.  Sushi in traditional setting.

No Coast Sushi.  Suchin in a modern setting.

Pablos Pizza.  Simply fantastic pizza.  Gluten and dairy free options.  Also great salads.

Great Harvest Bakery.  Huge selection of sandwiches on homemade bread.  Some of my favorite salads and grain bowls.

Cafe Sol.  Specialty salad and panini shop.  Great price for large servings.  We have them our cater staff luncheons.

Taco Party.  Great tacos in a funky setting.

Bistro 317.  French dining.

Fidels.  On the other side of the valley, in Palisade, but worth the trek.  Rainbow Goddess is a salad masterpiece.  Tacos to die for!

Things to Do

Downtown main street has a lovely park-like feel and is a great place for shopping, eating, or just taking a walk and enjoying the plentiful artwork.  Lots of our favorite restaurants are downtown (Bistro 317, Pablos, Suheros, Cafe Sol, Taco Party).

The Riverfront Trail offers 28 miles of easily accessible paved walking trails along the Colorado River with lots of wildlife and birdwatching.

If performing arts is your thing, check out the Avalon Theatre, Mesa Theatre, or Colorado Mesa University for various shows.  Many of the local breweries have outdoor entertainment in the warmer months.

Colorado National Monument.  Worth a drive all the way through the park.  The visitor center is cool.  Great hikes if you are up for it.  Serpent’s trail is an easy one with gentle grade, great views, and is easy to go only for a short distance.

Grand Mesa is the largest flat topped mountain in the world and makes for a beautiful drive.  The Crag Crest trail is one of our favorites and can be easily accessed from the West trailhead.  It is an easy to moderate grade and one may turn around anytime making for a short hike, but it is at high altitude.  There are hundreds of lakes and walking trails with several lodges that offer boat rentals.  Driving out to Lands End offers a spectacular view of the Grand Valley.

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are close and one can see a lot in a day.  Arches is busy in the summer and requires a reservation.  Both are easily accessible in winter unless there has been recent snowstorms.

Ouray is called the little Switzerland of America for good reason.  It is a funky little mountain town with incredible mountain views and lots of tourist shops and places to eat.  The town hot springs pools are very nice.




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