Plan Your Colorado Wine Country Vacation

So Much to See and Taste

Guests are invited to experience the romance of the vineyards at the Wine Country Inn, Colorado’s first wine-themed hotel. Working vineyards surround the Inn, an 80-room Victorian style boutique hotel nestled amidst 21 acres of vines in the Colorado Wine Country. The Inn is adjacent to two Colorado wineries and a short drive from a dozen more.

The Inn is ideal for your Colorado Wine Country vacation, located 10 miles east of the city of Grand Junction and 11 miles east of the Grand Junction Regional Airport. It is 95 miles west of Eagle Airport, which serves Vail and Beaver Creek. It is 79 miles from Glenwood Springs, 31 miles from Mack (site of the Country/Rock jam), 28 miles from Powderhorn Ski Resort, 35 miles northwest of Mesa Verde National Forest and 22 miles from Colorado National Monument. Palisade is 239 miles west of Denver, 136 miles west of Vail and 120 miles west of Aspen.

Top Ten Must See Attractions in Palisade, CO

Palisade Wineries

The Palisade area hosts 75% of the state’s premium wine grape vineyards and is home to 15 Colorado wineries. Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are the primary varietals that flourish in the Palisade environment. The area's Colorado wine country tours are a must-see.

Orchard/Farm /Agritours

More than a dozen agricultural businesses, from orchards and vineyards to a ground-breaking alpaca farm and spinning mill, are available for touring on your Colorado vacation.

Powderhorn Ski Resort

Sitting atop the world’s largest flat top mountain, the Grand Mesa, Powderhorn is an affordable mountain getaway. Rising to almost 10,000 feet in elevation, the resort boasts amazing views, short lift lines, informal atmosphere and friendly service. Only a 30-minute drive from Wine Country Inn.

Grand Mesa Scenic/ Historic Byway

Known as a “playground in the sky,” the 63-mile byway takes about two hours to navigate from the Plateau Canyon floor to the cool evergreen mesa forests at 11,000 feet. Once the summer home of the Ute Indians, the Grand Mesa touches the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. It offers sparkling lakes, wildflower meadows, aspen and pine forests as well as habitat for elk, deer, moose, bears and other mountain wildlife.

Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Reserve

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area is one of only three places in the western United States set aside for wild horse herds. This Colorado attraction encompasses 30,261 acres of rugged canyons in the Book Cliffs northwest of Palisade. From 80 to 120 wild horses roam the sagebrush parks and pinion-juniper covered hills. The best season for riding or hiking in the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range is from May to September.

Art & Artisans

Palisade is home to a lively colony of artists specializing in a wide range of media, including sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass works and painting. Two galleries and numerous studios offer a wide array of art for purchase.

Colorado River Rafting

Take a scenic float trip on the Colorado River from Palisade to James M. Robb Colorado River State Park at Corn Lake. One of Palisade’s gems is Riverbend Park that includes a boat ramp.

Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain bike trails range from beginner rides like the Rolling Double Track around Horse Mountain to challenging climbs up Rapid Creek, which cascades down from the top of Grand Mesa. Palisade is known for the Fruit Loop Cycling Tour. This tour includes three different routes and is a self-guided tour taking you through the heart of Palisade’s fruit and wine growing district. Enjoy spectacular vistas as you ride through a pastoral setting of orchards and vineyards on your Colorado vacation. The easiest loop can be ridden on cruiser bicycles and is a great family ride.

Museum of Western Colorado

The MWC is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver and includes three major museum facilities, three active outdoor paleontology sites, an educational center and a respected research library. Cross Orchard Historic Farm, dinosaur digs or relics from the infamous alleged cannibal Alfie Packer, all providing varied, fascinating insights into the history of the Grand Valley.

Colorado National Monument

The Monument is a must-see Colorado attraction that preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But it is much more than a monument. With its towering monoliths in a vast plateau-and-canyon panorama, the Monument allows you to experience glorious sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where big horn sheep and majestic soaring eagles can be spotted.