Welcome to GrandJunction.net! We will soon have lists of inns, hotels, and motels for visitors, as well as the best resources for people wishing to move to the area, such as homes for sale or rent. The City of Grand Junction is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Grand Junction is situated 197 miles (317 km) west-southwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 45,299. Grand Junction is the 15th most populous city in the State of Colorado and the most populous city on the Colorado Western Slope, serving as a major point of interest within the enormous region between the Green River and the Continental Divide. It is the principal city of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area which had a population of 139,137 in 2007.
The city is located along the north side of the Colorado River, where it receives the Gunnison River from south. The name “Grand” refers to the historical name of the upper Colorado River until renamed in 1921, and the word ‘junction’ is from the joining of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. The city sits near the mid-point of a 30-mile (48 km) arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley, a major fruit-growing region, historically home to the Ute people and settled by white farmers in the 1880s. In recent years, several wineries have been established in the area as well. The Colorado National Monument, a series of canyons and mesas similar to the Grand Canyon overlook the city, while most of the area is surrounded by public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Interstate 70 connects the city eastward to Glenwood Springs and Denver.