About Western Colorado
The Continental Divide bisects the state of Colorado and those who live on the western side enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and a fraction of the population of Colorado's Front Range and eastern plains.
Western Colorado is a diverse landscape, with the Rocky Mountains leveling out to a high, dry plateau. Mountain snows melt into rivers that carve deep gorges in the sedimentary layers of the Colorado Plateau as they wend their way downhill.
The largest and most famous of these gorges is the Black Canyon, in which the Gunnison River cuts 2,000 feet through Precambrian bedrock. The 48-mile-long Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a unique visual experience, with an average chasm depth of 2,000 feet.
We live in central Western Colorado in a beautiful area known as the North Fork Valley. Our relatively low elevation gives us a mild climate well-suited for vineyards, orchards and farms, yet we're close to skiing, hiking and hunting in our local mountains and canyons.
The spectacular and up-close West Elk Mountains were formed by major geological upheavals, igneous intrusions, volcanoes, uplifting and glaciers. The West Elk Wilderness is home to elk, mule deer, black bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, cougar, beaver, red fox, eagles, trout and beautiful wildflowers.
Another geological landmark of Western Colorado is the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-top mountain, stretching from Grand Junction to the North Fork Valley. At 10,000 feet elevation, Grand Mesa is dotted with lakes, receives huge amounts of snow and is a favorite base for hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, fishing and camping.