Up in the high deserts of western Colorado, just outside of Grand Junction, the small town of Fruita consistently attracts tourist to see the many natural treasures surrounding the town.
Fruita was originally the ancestral homeland of the Ute indigenous people, but after settlers moved west from the east coast, small fruit farms and plantations started to pop up in 1884. Ten years later, Fruita would become fully incorporated. Since then Fruita has enjoyed near constant growth and economic success due to its proclivity for attracting tourism.
People from all over the country love to visit Fruita and other western Colorado towns for a variety of reasons. The brilliant red monoliths and towering canyon walls prove to be a natural jungle gym where visitors can climb, hike, go canyoneering, mountain bike, and whitewater raft. Historic buildings are a dime a dozen, and prehistoric fossils are scattered throughout the region. This cultural hotspot has live events and music concerts almost weekly, and a few wonderful art galleries showcasing local talent too. The nearby airport in Grand Junction is helpful for people flying in or out of Fruita, and I-70 is the main artery bringing automotive traffic in and out of town. Some of the best times of year to head to Fruita are for the Fat Tire Festival in spring, or the Fruita Fall Festival in late September. All in all, when you book an RV in Fruita, Colorado, both the town and the surrounding natural beauty will captivate you.
Explore the Outdoors
Colorado is frequently referred to as one of the best all-around naturally beautiful places in the country. This outdoor paradise is teeming with different ecosystems and spectacular geological features, so it's no wonder why so many people come to Fruita to rent an RV. In Fruita, there are several parks maintained by the town like Windsor Park, Reed Park, and the Little Salt Wash Sports Park with various sports fields and municipal pools. James M. Robb Colorado River State Park is located to the south of Fruita, giving the town its very own state park. The park surrounds the infamous Colorado River and is full of gorgeous beaches and swimming areas. You can even camp at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park in your Fruita RV rental without even leaving town.
The 20,000-acre Colorado National Monument is just to the south of Fruita. Stunning granite cliffs and sandstone rock formations topped with juniper groves are filled with red-tailed hawks, bighorn sheep, and many other native species. Hiking and mountain biking trails are the lifelines of the monument, with several options and possible routes to take when you bring your Fruita camper rental to explore the high desert. Several of the buildings within the monument area are on the National Register of Historic Places. McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area is conjoined with the Colorado National Monument, giving visitors even more nature to explore in the immediate vicinity. Naturally occurring geological arches can be found all through the expanse of Mcinnis Canyon, and off-roading on ATVs remains the best way to see the gorgeous panoramic views atop the Colorado Plateau.
Where to head next in your Fruita motorhome rental is a tough choice for sure. The state of Colorado is absolutely spoiled when it comes to its eclectic mix of intoxicating natural beauty, so it depends on what you want to see most.
To the south of Fruita by the city of Durango, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and San Juan National Forest are just two of the magical places to see around the storied “four corners” area. Mesa Verde National Park is known for its antiquated Pueblo dwellings etched into the cliffs of the canyons by the local indigenous people. Over 4,000 archaeological sites can be found at Mesa Verde, many of which are over 3,000 years old. Great Sand Dunes National Park on the other side of the Rockies and the Rocky Mountain National Park near the town of Boulder, are two of the other natural treasures that can be seen in Colorado when you book an RV rental in Fruita.
Many people are shocked to see just how fun the town of Fruita can be. Although it is primarily known as an outdoor destination, Fruita boasts some pretty interesting attractions of its own. The staff at the Colorado Welcome Center in Fruita can provide lots of information on how to best capitalize on your vacation time in the area. The Cavalcade Performing Arts Center is a lovely non-profit center for the arts. It’s a place to participate in workshops, and enjoy performances and other celebrations of the arts. The Rose Hue Gallery and the Rye Gallery are two of the town’s private art collections showcasing the local art scene and all the comes with it.
The Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in the war. The beautiful statue monuments and the large helicopter hovering above make this one of the more unique war memorials in the country. Finally, the Museum of Western Colorado is a treasure chest of dinosaur fossils and natural history for people of all ages. Life-sized robotic dinosaurs demonstrate what the animals might have looked like hundreds of millions of years ago. Fascinating T. rex skeletons and other locally found bones can be viewed in this amazing little museum.
RV Parks to Visit
When looking for a place to stay with the camper rental in Fruita, a convenient choice could be the James M. Cobb Colorado River State Park, which has its very own RV-friendly campground. Both nature and the conveniences of town are at your fingertips when you choose to stay there.
Monument RV Park is also quite close to town, with a pool, hot tub, on-site grocery and supply store, and most importantly, views of the Colorado National Monument. Junction West RV Park is close to Grand Junction, making it easy for you to explore the pleasant city. Moondance RV & Campground is also between Fruita and Grand Junction and offers both regular and luxury RV sites as well as fishing and nature trails.
Colorado National Monument has its own campsites worth checking out if you feel like living without luxury for a few days, and if that isn't enough, Colorado has thousands of campgrounds scattered through its many parks and forests, so there is no need to worry about finding a place to park the motorhome rental near Fruita, CO.