ROCK JUNCTION 2018
FROM SCENIC TO HARDCORE, THIS PLACE HAS IT ALL
From scenic to hardcore, this place has it all.
MEMORIAL DAY KICKS OFF THE wheeling season for much of the country, and Colorado is no exception. Just after Memorial Day each year the Grand Mesa Jeep Club (GMJC) hosts Rock Junction. Originally the event was a hardcore rockcrawling gathering that ran trails in Montrose, Moab, and Rangley. These destinations are all within easy driving distance of Grand Junction, which serves as the base of operations for Rock Junction. Over the years the event has evolved to be more inclusive, with scenic trail rides for stock vehicles and the addition of the Rocky Mountain Off Road Expo. And for the second year, GMJC led the multiday Rock Junction Rendevous Overlanding Trip.
The growth has not diluted the spirit of Rock Junction, as the Grand Mesa Jeep Club is one of the most active 4x4 clubs in the country. In addition to hosting Rock Junction the club has worked with the local BLM office to open new trails and to maintain existing trails to keep them open. The level of effort hasn’t been trivial, but the club’s success serves as a road map for other groups around the country looking to achieve the same results.
This year we ran Billings Canyon and took backroads through the Colorado National Monument and Glade Park. Billings is an example of the club’s work with the BLM and offers world-class rockcrawling within minutes of Grand Junction. The canyon is located within the Bangs Canyon Recreation Area, which is successfully shared with mountain bikers and hikers. The entire event is permitted by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, further strengthening the relationship between these organizations and the GMJC and opening up opportunities for even more trails in the future.
Whether you are a new wheeler looking to hit harder trails or have a growing family and have replaced your rockcrawling buggy with a four door JK, Rock Junction has something for everyone.