“Where do you live?” is a seemingly easy question, unless you live in the Grand Valley. Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade are all known places, however location wise, it can get a little confusing to those who live outside the area.
For example, every year I travel back to Iowa where people ask the general questions….where do you live, what do you do, what else is new? I usually only get past the first one before blank stares come my way. After answering “Fruita.” followed by “It is by Grand Junction.” the follow up question is, “Is that by Denver??” “No. It isn’t. I actually live in a desert…on the Western Slope of Colorado”. More blank stares.
You see, people seem to think that all of Colorado is full of snow and the Rocky Mountains, and every town is located by Denver. But not our little slice of heaven! We are located about 20 miles from the Utah boarder, making our climate and environment much more similar to Moab than Denver. We have HOT summers and mild winters. We are surrounded by the Colorado National Monument, the Bookcliffs, and Mount Garfield. We are an agricultural community despite our hot, dry weather, producing the famous Palisade Peach. The first known Brachiosaurus was discovered in Fruita in 1900! We are the only Metropolitan Area in Colorado not located on the front range. We have a lot going on.
As you can see from the handy-dandy map that I inserted, Grand Junction is pretty much smack dab in the center of Salt Lake City and Denver…making us about 4 hours from either location. We are also just under 7 hours to Albuquerque, NM and around 9 hours to Phoenix, AZ. Our central location makes it a perfect hub for business, not to mention the perfect place to live if you enjoy all things in the outdoor world.
You can bet the next time I get the “Where do you live” question from family and friends…I will just send them to this blog to explain where I live.