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10 things to do for $10 (or less) in Mesa County

Fun doesn't have to break the bank. And to prove it, here's a list of 10 things you can do for $10 (or less) in the Grand Valley.

With the inaugural Grand Junction Rockies season well under way, you better catch at least one game before the season closer Sept. 6. Tickets are $10 or $8 depending on seat location. It was also recently announced that Grand Junction's July 4 fireworks show is rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 2, after the Grand Junction Rockies game. Get your tickets early. Go team!

Experience the wide variety of artistic talent in Grand Junction for little or no cost with a First Friday art walk. A variety of art venues and galleries stay open late on the first Friday of each month, and events generally run from 6-9 p.m. To participate in a First Friday art walk, all you need to do is show up at The Art Center (at the corner of Seventh Street and Orchard Avenue), and staff will guide you to other participating locations.

Want a tasty milk shake for only $3.15? Graff Dairy, a locals favorite, won't disappoint. Their current flavor of the week is strawberry. Located at 581 29 Rd., Graff Dairy sells freshly made ice cream, organic milk, farm-fresh eggs and homemade cheese curds. Hit the drive-through or go inside. Just remember - only cash and checks are accepted. Graff Dairy is open Monday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With more than 20 free wine-tasting rooms open throughout the Grand Valley, Colorado's Wine Country is literally at your fingertips. Check out one (or even a few), but please drive responsibly. A winery map can be picked up at the Grand Junction Visitor Center, 740 Horizon Dr.

Got yoga in your life? If joining a gym seems too pricey, why not drop in on Yoga Vinyassa's $5 community class. Held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., this 75-minute class is aimed at all levels. Bring your own mat (and towel). Yoga Vinyassa is located at 2500 Broadway, Unit D. The community class is cash only.

Highline Lake State Park's daily pass is only $7, and it allows access to two lakes, open space and lots of trails. And it's perfect for mountain bikes, anglers, families and groups. This area has also been designated as an important bird-watching area. A daily parks pass covers the admission of one vehicle, and it's good until noon the next day.

The Colorado Riverfront Trail System passes through cottonwood groves, wetlands and cattail marshes. Plus, it's home to a diversity of wildlife. Grab your bike or simply hike along this Mesa County gem.

Start your week off right with Monday and Tuesday wing nights with Fly'n Roosters in Clifton and Grand Junction. Grab your friends, throw $10 in the pot, and you're sure to have a feast.

If you're craving ethnic food, Nepal Restaurant's $7.95 lunch buffet will truly make your mouth water. The buffet runs Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 356 Main St.

Ten dollars buys seven consecutive days at the Colorado National Monument, where you may hike, bike, picnic, rock climb, or just enjoy the view. For the ultimate sunrise, head up there at dawn. The monument offers three picnic sites, lots of wildlife-watching opportunities and a visitor center. If you have a motorcycle or bicycle (or just want to hike in), the entry is only $5.

*Tax wasn't added into prices listed above.

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