Canyons, Guns & Horses

Grand Junc­tion, CO

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“As a travel jour­nal­ist, there are words we can­not use to de­scribe a des­ti­na­tion, such as “The most breath­tak­ing view”, or the “The per­fect des­ti­na­tion”, as such su­perla­tives are one-time use only words. But are we here to re­spect rules? Cer­tainly not. Our ex­pe­ri­ence at Grand Junc­tion, Colorado has been truly amaz­ing. This is one of the most beau­ti­ful city we have ever seen. Just breath­tak­ing all along the way. So beau­ti­ful there is noth­ing more to add. Just watch what we have seen. And go there for your next hol­i­days. Or pre­tend you have a busi­ness meet­ing in Grand Junc­tion. Or just go now with­out any rea­son.”

-P.G.

The Bin 707 Food­bar has not only an in­trigu­ing name, it of­fers cre­ative and ul­tra-fresh sea­sonal Colorado cui­sine. We loved eat­ing and chat­ting with other cus­tomers at the bar.

Very nice and warm at­mos­phere to en­joy Grand Junc­tion’s hos­pi­tal­ity.

Spe­cial thanks to Bar­bara Bow­man, Di­rec­tor of Sales at the Grand Junc­tion Vis­i­tors & Con­ven­tion Bu­reau, a won­der­ful Am­bas­sador for Grand Junc­tion

Start­ing the day with a healthy break­fast at Main Street Café un­der Marylin Mon­roe’s por­traits.

Colorado Na­tional Mon­u­ment.

Feel­ing the sound of our boots on the rocks. Feel­ing the sand and dust fly­ing.

Get­ting ready for a shoot­ing les­son at Rocky Moun­tain Gun Club. Ex­tremely pro­fes­sional gun range, with a pri­or­ity on safety and knowl­edge about firearms.

Shoot­ing a Glock 9mm. Rocky Moun­tain Gun Club has out­stand­ing NRA-cer­ti­fied firearms in­struc­tors with pa­tience and ped­a­gogy to teach the ba­sics of pis­tol han­dling and the nat­u­ral author­ity to keep ev­ery­one safe on the range.

Shoot­ing cards in the open, sur­rounded by the wild, with the iconic re­volver Colt Fron­tier .45 Cal. at the Cameo Shoot­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­plex (Town of Pal­isade). We are wel­comed by Rich Sales, Pal­isade City Man­ager who is wear­ing his per­sonal vin­tage 1911 model pis­tol in a leather hip hol­ster “This pis­tol was with Gen. Pat­ton dur­ing World War II”, he said.

Of­fi­cer Al­bert Romero, Dis­trict Wildlife Man­ager at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Dept. talks with us about reg­u­la­tions for recre­ational shoot­ing on U.S. Pub­lic lands and ex­plains why Cameo Shoot­ing Com­plex will soon be a World class shoot­ing fa­cil­ity.

Ar­rival at High Lone­some Ranch, Town of De Beque, 41 miles from Grand Junc­tion Re­gional Air­port

Evening pool ses­sion in the cabin’s huge liv­ing room/game room

Meet­ing Sum­mer Black-Green­ing, the gar­dener.

Sky & But­ter­flies.

Mar­ian Cole, Dude Ranch Di­rec­tor at High Lone­some Ranch

In­tro­duc­ing Max, very nice horse.

(No de­scrip­tive text nec­es­sary for the ab­so­lute beauty of the en­vi­ron­ment)

Feel­ing the road.

Linda “Aunt Linda” Do­den pre­pared a de­li­cious break­fast for us. 76 years young Linda is truly the heart and soul of the ranch and has been work­ing there since 1994.

“Re­cently, my Grand­chil­dren went to New York. I asked them to go at Macy’s and bring me an em­broi­dered hand­ker­chief” she told us.

Ar­riv­ing at Gateway Canyons Re­sort af­ter driv­ing on the Unaweep­Tabe­guache Scenic and His­toric By­way (UTB). Yes, it is ex­actly what it seems to be: A lux­ury re­sort in the mid­dle of the desert.

Michael Gul­lotti, He­li­copter Chief pi­lot. Gateway Canyons has its own Euro­copter AS­tar B3, of­fer­ing ex­cep­tional vis­i­bil­ity and lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior, for flights over the red rock canyons sur­round­ing the prop­erty.

At the Re­sort’s shoot­ing range, try­ing an iconic Colt Model 1911 .45 Cal with Steve, an ex-mil­i­tary firearms in­struc­tor. Steve is a won­der­ful shoot­ing in­struc­tor who gives a lot of con­fi­dence to new shoot­ers.

Our fa­vorite gun was the Kim­ber 1911 Cus­tom II two tone 9mm. Ex­tremely ac­cu­rate pis­tol with very crisp and clean trig­ger.

The cherry on the cake: A spe­cial AR-15 with long bar­rel and spe­cial scope from Steve’s per­sonal col­lec­tion. We took a suc­cess­ful 500 Yards shot with Steve’s guid­ance.

Last night on the re­sort.

Peep­ing through the win­dow.

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