Fruita Crash Pad hosts unique stay for any group size |

Fruita Crash Pad hosts unique stay for any group size

Brittany Markert
Fruita Crash Pad offers two homes on Moon Farm, a working farm featuring a large grass area to host those who want to tent camp or pull up a camper around the fire pit.
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WHAT: Fruita Crash Pad

WHERE: Locations between Collbran and Loma

COST: Depends on property

INFO: Visit or call 970-309-0253

Visitors to the Grand Valley seeking a different way to stay should check out Fruita Crash Pad. It offers 14 unique homes between Collbran and Mack, with abundant living space (including a kitchen, couches, and even laundry).

Michelle Melgares, of Fruita, founded Fruita Crash Pad in 2012. She noticed there weren’t many options for vacation rental homes in the area and decided to fill the void.

She opened with just one property as a short-term rental home. And in two years, Crash Pad has grown exponentially with Melgares as the main property manager.

“If there’s a problem of any sort, they call me,” Melgares said. “I am on call 24/7.”

She also helps guests with vacation logistics, like when to arrive, how to get to their property, and a tour of the home. She provides dining suggestions as well, along with tips on local activities. Her main goal is to make visitors feel like locals, at home and comfortable during their stays.

According to Melgares, she’s hosted visitors from all over the world — from romantic getaways to large groups of cyclists.


Looking for a spot for a large family reunion? Fruita Crash Pad has access to two houses on Moon Farm, located at 1360 18 1/2 Road in Fruita. The property can house more than 25 people. Plus, it’s on a working farm.

Another unique location available outside the city is a 100-year-old cabin in Collbran.

Melgares said it’s a great place to stay for those looking to get a rustic stay in the woods on the Grand Mesa,

All Fruita Crash Pad properties offer ample, lockable storage on site for bikes and other large personal items.

To view properties and availability, visit

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