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Colorado wine country: Destination of the week

Colorado wine country: Destination of the week

Vineyards and fruit trees are undeniably the main event in this section of Colorado, but they aren't the only attractions. Natural areas run by both the state and the federal government are found near Palisade and Grand Junction. The Western Slope is home to Grand Mesa National Forest , which is one of three contiguous protected areas that together stretch for more than 3 million acres. This almost endless natural landscape includes 3,000 miles of trails, several ski resorts, and a half-dozen 14,000-foot peaks. A more accessible area for wine country visitors is the Colorado National Monument . The 32-square-mile stretch of land features classic “Old West” landscapes, with canyons, rock formations and streams dominating the geography. Trails for hiking and cycling run throughout the monument, and it also has backcountry camping and hiking options. Highline Lake State Park ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/stories/colorado...

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