When temperatures soar, 5 ways to stay cool in the Grand Valley
1. Go out for ice cream
When it’s hot outside, a cold, tasty treat is just the ticket — Cold Stone Creamery (2474 Hwy. 6 & 50 Unit B), Graff Dairy (581 29 Road) and Gelato Junction (449 Main St.) all have freezing, creamy options to make your taste buds (and your core temperature) say “Thank you!”
2. Float the river
Carpool with friends and pump up your rafts for some fun in the sun on the Colorado River. The water is refreshingly cold from recent snowmelt, and levels are high enough to float without getting stuck on the river bottom. Remember your life jackets, water and sunscreen. And stay clear of obstructions in the river, including tree branches lining the sides. Safety first!
3. Head to the pool
The Grand Valley has lots of public pool options for kids and adults in need of a dip — an indoor and outdoor pool at the Fruita Rec Center, an outdoor pool and splash-pad area at Grand Junction’s Lincoln Park, plus public pools at Orchard Mesa Community Center (indoor) and Palisade (outdoor).
4. Splash on Main Street
The kids water fountain at Fifth and Main streets began splashing late last month. This popular (and free!) kids destination is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. On weekdays, it will run intermittently, with regular hours from 5-10 p.m.
5. Head to higher elevation
Temperatures on the Grand Mesa are generally cooler than the valley this time of year. The Glade Park area is also more pleasant, with fun on your bike at Turkey Flats and swimming at the Potholes. Again, be safe and responsible if you head to the Potholes.
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