Canyons, Guns & Horses
Grand Junction, CO
“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.”
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.