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The Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. Spanning some 350,000 acres and over 300 lakes, the Grand Mesa, affectionately nicknamed “The Mesa” by locals, provides a plethora of outdoor recreation. The park is a popular destination for fishing, camping, and hiking. You will see brilliant wildflowers in the summer and gorgeous colors of Aspen trees in the fall.

In the winter, Grand Mesa, which is home to Powderhorn Mountain Resort, offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. There is plenty of cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing to be done also. The Mesa is rich in wildlife. Be on the lookout for elk, bears, falcons and many other kinds of wildlife.

The Mesa Scenic Byway winds through 63 miles of the national forest. It is accessible from the north on I-70 at exit 49 east of Grand Junction via the breathtaking Plateau Creek Canyon or from the south from Colorado Highway 92 east of the city of Delta.


  • Fish in one of 300 lakes
  • Hunt wildlife
  • Mountain bike on designated trails
  • Cross-country ski • Snowmobile
    Drive the scenic/historic byway
  • Camp out
  • Hike Crag Crest National Recreation Trail


25861 Hwy 65 • Cedaredge, CO 81413
(970) 856-3250 • grandmesalodge.com

  • Rent one of 14 cabins on Island Lake
  • Rent a canoe or rowboat for fishing
  • Rent snowmobiles or take snowmobile tour
  • Within walking distance of Crag Crest Trail


3619 Highway 65 • Mesa, Colorado
(970) 268-5467 • mesalakeslodge.com

  • Guided fly fishing
  • Guided ATV tours
  • Horseback rides
  • Boat/canoe rentals
  • Snowmobile tours/rentals
  • Mountain bike trails/rentals
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Ice fishing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Backcountry skiing and snowboarding