(Grand Mesa, CO)
With the arrival of extreme heat and temperatures flirting with the 100-degree mark, there was a steady stream of traffic travelling up the Grand Mesa from Delta and Grand Junction over the weekend. Temperatures in the region can vary but are generally much cooler on the mesa than in the valleys below. Travelers seeking relief from the heat might even encounter the remnants of last winter’s snowpack in isolated areas on Grand Mesa and some roads may still be impassable.
National Forest spokesperson Leeann Loupe says that while a lot of folks stop in for guidance, information and maps at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center off of Highway 65 while travelling up the mesa, a lot of valuable information can be gleaned online as well. Loupe says the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests website has current road information, info on trails and activities in the National Forests, and lot of nuggets that will help even the most prepared spring and summer sojourner plan their vacation in the great outdoors of the Western Slope.
Grand Mesa National Forest information can be found online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug. The mesa has hundreds of lakes, lush green meadows, and plenty of fishing, hiking, biking, and off road opportunities.