The Grand Mesa Nordic Council is a community-based nonprofit organization of people who love to participate in Nordic sports on Grand Mesa. They are dedicated to promoting fun, safe, diversified cross-country skiing experiences on the Grand Mesa for skiers of all ages, abilities, and interests. The Council grooms 54 kilometers (32.4 miles) of trails on the Mesa. You’ll find three trail systems at three trailheads on the Mesa: Skyway, County Line and Ward Creek. All trails are located just off Colorado Highway 65 on the Mesa, except the North Ward trailhead, which...(read more)
If you’re over the age of retirement that phrase may bring visions of a shiny, red wagon or the haircut you wore in high school and if you spend your days shuffling kids to school and soccer practice you may be thinking Frisbees, kites or hula-hoops. But if your first thought on a cold winter morning is grabbing your board(s) and hitting the ski slopes, well then you will no doubt be heading to
Powderhorn Mountain Resort to check out the “Flat Top Flyer” on Colorado’s beautiful Grand Mesa. We’re talking about the new Poma high-speed quad chair lift that was installed this past summer and named in honor of the ski area’s location.
Tucked alongside the northern edge of Western Colorado's beautiful Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is just a short drive from Cedaredge. It offers breathtaking views and over 1,600 acres of mountain terrain. Powderhorn is one of Colorado’s most down-to-earth ski resorts and it’s in this mountain range that some of the softest snow in the state falls. They average over 250 inches each winter and the ski resort prides itself on natural runs, long days and short lift lines. For the more fearless, tree skiing and powder runs are ample and uncrowded.
Regardless of your age or ability, they offer all levels of terrain, a full-service, professional Ski and Ride Center, rental equipment, base area dining, shopping, and lodging. It’s an easy day trip so spend an extra day on your next visit and check it out. For more information go to: www.powderhorn.com
Tucked away in the back corner of the park-like setting at Pioneer Town, discover a gem, the Chapel of the Cross.
Don and Inez Petersen donors of the chapel were impressed with a chapel they had visited in New Zealand. They were so impressed that they aspired to provide a place of inspiration such as this for other people. It seemed right to build the chapel in Pioneer Town.
Symbols of the Christian faith are featured throughout. Entering the sanctuary, eyes are immediately drawn to the large slender stainless steel cross in a self-standing wall seen through the large windows to the south. The effect is intriguing, giving the appearance that the wall has been pushed out and is open to the out-of-doors.
The state-of-the art three manual model of the Allen organ is the same as that installed in the largest church in the world located on the Gold Coast of Africa.
Local and out-of-town vocalists and musicians have added their special talented performances to a long list of programs given here over the years. A Chapel Committee schedules summer concerts and other programs. Weddings are planned through a Wedding Coordinator. Religious services and memorials have also been performed here.
me-sa (may-sa)n. an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.
Mesas are larger than buttes and smaller than plateaus but if you aren’t from the West that explanation probably won’t help. You’ll just have to take our word for it… A visit to Cedaredge just wouldn’t be complete without spending some time exploring the grandest of them all…Colorado’s Grand Mesa. It’s claimed to be the largest flat-topped mountain in the entire world and it offers a plethora of recreational activities, both summer and winter; not to mention a wide variety of wildlife, flowers and water features.
The mesa rises about 6,000 feet (1,800 m) above the surrounding river valleys with a maximum elevation of 11,333 feet (3,454 m) at Crater Peak. This change in altitude between the Cedaredge area and the mesa top, brings with it...(read more)
The Cedaredge Golf Club is located on the southern foothills of Colorado's Grand Mesa in Cedaredge. In early spring we have days when you can enjoy both winter and summer activities all in the same day. It’s easy to spend a peaceful couple of hours on the cross country ski trails up on the Mesa; then grab lunch in one of the assorted downtown Cedaredge eateries or check out the onsite restaurant before heading out for a relaxing 18 holes on the course.
With a combination of elevated tees, challenging hole layouts, and spectacular vistas, this course will challenge all levels of golfers. Four sets of tees will give all golfers of varying abilities, the ability to test their skills.
A unique 18 hole challenge awaits you in beautiful Cedaredge, Colorado. With two distinct nines, and 5 tees, Cedaredge Golf Club is as difficult as you want to make it. At 6100 feet, with plenty of trees and water, you can beat the summer heat of Western Colorado and get a true perspective of golf on the South/Sunny Side of Grand Mesa. Cedaredge Golf Club is the toughest challenge you will ever fall in love with!
In an era of escalating green fees, this local club is committed to an affordable, enjoyable golf experience and the atmosphere, camaraderie and friendly hometown service reflect it. For more information, visit www.CedaredgeGolf.com
Local resident, Nancy Carlson retired from her teach career and was looking for a new project and a way to contribute to her community. With encouragement from the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, she has started work on a barn quilt trail. If you hail from the Midwest the concept of Barn Quilts might not seem unusual but for those who’ve never seen one just take a stroll down Main Street.
These quilts are painted quilt squares-usually fashioned on boards and then mounted on a barn or other building. While cloth quilts are usually made up of a series of squares of the same pattern placed together, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.
Like colossal roadside canvases, barn quilts artistically combine two symbols of local heritage—our barns and quilts. (read more)
While many types of wildlife abound on Grand Mesa, one of the biggest draws is the possibility of coming across a moose cow and her babies. Over the past 30 years, that might have been a rare sighting but beginning in 2005, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has been working to establish a population on the Mesa. From 2005 to 2007 they have relocated 91 moose, 86 from Utah and 5 from the Creede, area to the Grand Mesa.
The term “moose” comes from the Algonquin Indian word meaning “eater of twigs” so the most common place to find a moose is...(read more)
It may come as a surprise to peach lovers and visitors from New York and Washington State but Colorado is an apple state. Apple trees need a combination of hot and cold weather to produce fruit, making them a natural for Colorado but growing fruit at 6,000 feet, or more, is not without its challenges.
Most apple trees like to have winter at temperatures below 40 degrees to encourage them to set fruit. Then they need at least five to six hours of full sun a day once they've blossomed. Apple trees also blossom later than some other types of fruit trees, making them more likely to avoid a killing frost. Many types of apple trees are hardy at our elevation of 6100 +/- feet, making it difficult to choose a favorite.
During a recent visit with Bob Morris out at Red Mountain Ranches we spent some time enjoying the view from his summer office on the porch and ‘talkin’ apples’. (read more)