Activities and Attractions near Fruita, Co

Local Attractions

The Children's Nature Center in Fruita

The Children’s Nature Center in Fruita is now open. Its staff is so happy to share this opportunity to learn and grow, with the valley and visitors to the area.

The collection of creatures is growing with a variety of reptiles already displayed.

A tree of learning funded by Moon Farm attracts many an inquiring eye as kids can actually visualize the life stages of a butterfly, a bee and more.

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument – Famous for its spectacular buttes and spires, Colorado National Monument offers plenty of outdoor activities. Drive or bicycle the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive and take in the views. Enjoy more than a dozen easy-to-challenging hiking trails, world-class mountain biking or rock climbing. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to learn all about the park’s interesting geology.

Adobe Creek National Golf Course

Nestled against the backdrop of the scenic Colorado National Monument, Adobe Creek National Golf Course offers 27 holes on three separate nine hole courses – The Mesa, The Monument, and The Desert. Adobe Creek National welcomes golf outings and tournaments of any size all while letting the public play year round, weather permitting. Just a mile away from us.

James R. Robb State Park

James R. Robb State Park – Just across the road from Monument RV Resort, James R. Robb State Park provides stunning views of the Colorado National Monument and foot access to the Colorado River. Bring your swimsuit for the swim beach and your fishing rod as well. The small lake is stocked with trout in the spring and fall.

Dinosaur Journey Museum

Dinosaur Journey Museum
North America’s largest dinosaurs once roamed this land, leaving treasures that are still being discovered. At Dinosaur Journey Museum, you’ll see real fossils, cast skeletons and robotic reconstructions of dinosaurs. There’s a sandbox for making your own dinosaur tracks and a “quarry site” where kids can uncover actual Jurassic dinosaur bones. Within walking distance of Monument RV Resort, this is a favorite with many families.

Grand Junction

Grand Junction– Although Grand Junction is the regional hub for Western Colorado and Eastern Utah, its small town character has been carefully preserved. Walk through the historic downtown and visit one of the many unique shops and restaurants. Take in a concert or visit one of its museums, including The Museum of Western Colorado. Summer celebrations include the Country Jam USA Music Festival and Dinosaur Days.


Fruita – Fruita’scharming “hometown” character is sure to captivate you. Walk through the historic downtown or take a self-guided tour of dinosaur excavations at Riggs Hill. Shop at the weekly farmers market and enjoy the produce this area is so famous for, from sweet corn to peaches. Come during one of our many festivals for an especially lively time. 


Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting
Colorado wines are beginning to make a name for themselves, and over 18 wineries are located in nearby Grand Valley. Whether you choose to tour by car, bicycle or guided limousine, you can enjoy cellar room tastings and a picnic lunch among the grape vines. Take home some of your favorite vintages as special reminders of a day spent in Colorado’s wine country.

Drive the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway

Drive the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway

Take a step into the past by driving over wind-swept mesas and through dramatic river canyons, past historic gold mining sites and cattle ranches. See the world-famous hanging flume and stop at the unique, small towns along the way. Take a side trip on a rugged jeep trail for even more adventure. Length: 133 miles, Driving time: 3 hours.
Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa
Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. It is covered in pines and stands of aspen that are brilliant in the Fall. At 10,000 feet, Grand Mesa is a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with boating or fishing on over 300 pristine lakes, horseback riding and hiking. 

River Rafting

River Rafting
The Colorado River, Green, Dolores, Gunnison and Yampa – take your pick. From extreme whitewater to gentle floats.  Whatever matches your sense of adventure, you can find it here. And, the scenery can’t be beat. Several local companies offer guided or self-guided river trips.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Prepare yourself for 2,000 foot tall, narrow canyon walls dropping almost vertically to the Gunnison River. The river drops an average of 43 feet per mile, making it one of the steepest mountain descents in North America. Hike, fish, rock climb, snowshoe, or just take a drive and enjoy the scenery.

Seasonal Events

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival - June 3-4, 2022 in Fruita, CO

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival – June 3-4, 2022 in Fruita, CO

Celebrate the Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in May, in Fruita, Colorado. This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken’s will to live. Events such as a 5k run, disc golf tournament, wing and peep eating contests, live music, delicious food and artisan booths make this a weekend to remember. 

Country Jam - June

Country Jam – June

Three days of performances by country music’s biggest stars in Grand Junction, Colorado.

A Western Colorado tradition. 125,000 country music fans enjoying the heat, the sounds and each other. It’s all part of Country Jam USA in Grand Junction.

Rimrock Rodeo - June - August

Rimrock Rodeo – June – August

Tuesdays all summer from June – Aug and the Grand Finale will be Sep. | $10 per person,  Ages 10 and under are free. | The evening kicks off with Slack at 4:30 then Mutton Bustin’ at 7:00 PM and the Grand March starts at 7:30 PM.

Fruita Farmers Market - June-September

Fruita Farmers Market – June-September

The Fruita Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from June to September at Reed Park from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  Please join us for some “Saturday Fun” featuring fresh produce, hand made crafts from local artisans, and live music entertainment.

Palisade Peach Festival - August

Palisade Peach Festival – August

Admission includes access to our vendors, live music and entertainment on the Peach Jam stage.  Included are the FREE children’s activities at Jake’s Jungle, a Pitch a Pit game, Peach Cuisine demonstrations, Peach Pit Bar, the now famous bag jump, children’s rides $$ and of course live entertainment by the wonderful bands being booked for Peach Jam. 

Fruita Fall Festival – September

One of Colorado’s longest running Festivals. For over 100 years this festival has kept attendees happy with good music, great food and interesting artisans. A 3-day event designed for people of all ages. Rides, a Saturday parade and over 150 booths/vendors. 

Colorado Mountain Winefest - September

Colorado Mountain Winefest – September

The annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by Alpine returns to Riverbend Park in Palisade, CO. The “Festival in the Park” takes place in September and is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, and more….