Live like a local: Derek Winfield’s guide to Parachute, Colorado |

Live like a local: Derek Winfield’s guide to Parachute, Colorado

Carla Jean Whitley
The trail leading up to Battlement Reserviors is filled with beatiful sights and sounds, including this hidden creek.
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Where should you turn for recommendations about things to do in Parachute? Our answer: Community Development Director Derek Winfield. There’s been a lot happening in the area lately, including the development of Battlement Reservoirs. Visit Parachute and its neighbor, unincorporated Battlement Mesa, to discover another side of western Colorado.

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I enjoy the Running Burrito (222 E. First St., Parachute; 404-2599, This is a little taco wagon, which has upgraded over the years. The working class through Parachute all know Claudia and her breakfast burritos are amazing and huge at a low price. The Little Coffee Shack (222 E. First St., Parachute; 285-0114, is next door so you have a great morning stop on First Street to get everything.

where do you go for music?

Oktoberfest!!!!!! (Sept. 30, Cottonwood Park, 100 Yampa Ave., Parachute;


Shommy’s (28 Cardinal Way, Parachute; 285-9711; is still a decent hangout/bar. All of the “bars” have been closed for some time. The Grand Vista Hotel (228 Railroad Ave., Parachute; 285-1122; is renovating a small bar and lounge. If it is like their Grand Junction location it could be a promising place.

Opt outside?

It is easy here: We have the river, hiking, trails ponds and parks so I can get nearly anywhere on foot.

Don’t miss this

We are promoting the reservoirs known as the Battlement Lakes (, pictured). I have not yet made it to the top to see them, but I did recently make an attempt at the trail ride. There is a hiking and extreme off-road trail. These reservoirs can be fished, you can camp, hike, picnic etc.

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