Grand Junction, CO 81501
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is a city in Mesa County, Colorado, USA. The
population was 41,986 at the 2000 census. It
is the principal city of the Grand Junction,
CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the
county seat of Mesa CountyGR6. The city is
largest population center on the Colorado
Western Slope, unofficially serving as the
capital of the region. The local television
stations serve as a major media source for
the region, in the way that those in Denver
do for the Colorado Front Range to the east.
The city located along the north side of
Colorado River where it receives the
Gunnison River from south. The name "Grand"
refers to the historical name of the upper
Colorado River used by locals in the late
19th and early 20th century. The city sits
near the mid-point of a 30-mile (48 km)
arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley,
that is a major fruit growing region,
historically home to the Ute people and
settled by white farmers in the 1880s. In
recent years, several wineries have been
established in the area as well. The
Colorado National Monument, a series of
canyons and mesas similar to the Grand
Canyon, overlook the city. Interstate 70
connects the city eastward to Glenwood
Springs and Denver.
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