With breathtaking views from every angle, it’s hard to imagine anyone would ever want to leave the western city of Grand Junction. With its unique location, however, day trips to Utah and the surrounding areas are incredibly accessible. Here are 5 day trips from Grand Junction within a reasonable driving distance.

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1. Visit the National Parks in Moab, Utah

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Broken Arch at Arches National Park. Moab, Utah. Photo Credit: daveynin (Flickr).

Venture to one of the many breathtaking national parks in Moab, Utah. A short two-hour drive will take you to the red rock arches of Arches National Park, making for a one of the best day trips from Grand Junction.

2. Stargaze in Montrose, Colorado

Spend a night in Black Canyon National Park. A short one-hour drive from Montrose will take you to the open skies of the park, perfect for brushing up on your stargazing.

3. Shop in the streets of Telluride, Colorado

In addition to the incredible scenery Telluride has to offer, this popular mountain town is filled with ski town shops to enjoy. A two and a half hour drive south from Grand Junction will take you to this postcard-worthy gem in the mountains.

4. Relax in the hot springs of Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Treat yourself to a day at the spa—the natural spa, that is. A car trip takes only an hour and twenty minutes, or you can take the bus, which is just under two hours as well.

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5. Go Turtle Tubing in Gypsum, Colorado

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Tubing in Colorado. Photo Credit: Heath Alseike (Flickr).

Turtle Tubing gives “floating the river” a whole new meaning. Just one and a half hours away on the Colorado River lies Turtle Tubes, a company that supplies large, multi-person tubes for the whole family to enjoy.

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