Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

photo of inside of visitor center

The Grand Mesa Visitor Center, located on the Grand Mesa, is a great place to learn about the ecology and geology of the Grand Mesa. Helpful staff are available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday to answer your questions and provide recommendations to enhance your visit.  If you have time, join the visitor center staff for a nature hike, or listen to a presentation by some local experts on wildlife, wildflowers, birds, mushrooms, or our thriving population of moose! (More information on the Visitor Center)

 Browse the gift shop for maps, local nature books and other merchandise provided by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Association. Visitors can purchase  maps, nature products,  Recreation Passes (Annual, Senior, Access Passes), and Forest Service fuelwood permits here

Take a nature hike on your own schedule! Download this Discovery Trail Brochure

Tips for visiting the Grand Mesa!

Summer nature talks or hikes will be presented at the visitor center every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. 2016 summer schedule.

Summer Events happening on the Grand Mesa (2016) - coming soon!

Families in the Forest Contest-  While you are visiting the Grand Mesa, fill out the entry form for the 'Families in the Forest"  Contest. It is easy and fun and tests your observation skills. Your answers may just win you and your family a one night stay in a Forest Service Cabin or some other sweet prizes! 2016 Contest information. Winners are selected in September.

Moose Day - join the fun!  Join the Forest Service, Colorado Division of Willdife and others for a day of moose activities including  presentations on moose biology, moose re-introductions and radio tracking. Kids will love the a moose nature hike where they will learn about moose scat and tracking moose with collars, a scavenger hunt and a puppet show featuring Smokey Bear.  Moose Day is the last Saturday in July  from 10 am to 4 pm. (2016 Flyer)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: flushed toilet open; no water
Operational Hours: Memorial Day through the last Sunday in September, it will be open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. The last Sunday in September is Color Sunday!
Fees No fee. Donations welcome.
Open Season: Usually Memorial Day (call)
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: July through September
Busiest Season: All summer (weekends)
Closest Towns: Cedaredge, Colorado
Water: No Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Cedaredge, Colorado go north on State Highway 65 for 15.6 miles. Turn right on Forest Road #121. The Grand Mesa Visitor Center is on the right immediately after turning onto Forest Road #121. (Site Location: 20090 Baron Lake Drive, Cedaredge, Colorado 81413)

Grand Mesa Visitor Center phone 970 856-4153.



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