Glade Park is a former western Colorado ranching and farming community. It is located 16 miles west of downtown Grand Junction, the largest city on Colorado’s western slope. The elevation of Glade Park is approximately 7,000 feet and because of the elevation, the temperature in Glade Park is typically 10 degrees cooler than in Grand Junction. Glade Park is an unincorporated community and has a U.S. Post Office located in Mesa County, the zip code is 81523.
Most residents live on 35 to 40 acre plots, and commute to Grand Junction for work, groceries, auto parts and other necessities. Change has been slow, real slow and no one is complaining
The Glade Park area, located adjacent to the Colorado National Monument and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area offers splendid scenery and varied ecology. Developed recreation opportunities include a beautiful campground at Mud Springs and a peaceful picnic and recreation area at Miracle Rock. Snyder Flats, which sits high above Unaweep Canyon offers exciting and scenic opportunities for off-highway vehicles. The majority of the Glade Park area is private land, so please respect private land owners and carry a map detailing these boundaries.
If heights bother you, or you are expecting luxury accommodations, or any accommodations at all, you should reconsider and go elsewhere. There are no motels, or restaurants, and limited cell phone coverage.
The two best ways to drive to Glade Park:
Little Park Road: from the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction, travel west on Grand Avenue (Highway 340_ for approximately one mile and turn left on Monument Road. Turn left again on D Road. D Road become Rosevale Road. Turn right onto Little Park Road and follow the for about for 12.4 miles until its end at DS Road. Tale a left on DS Road towards Glade Park.
Monument Road/DS Road: From the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction, travel west on Grand Avenue (Highway 340) for approximately one mile and turn left on Monument Road. Enter the Colorado National Monument. Take a left onto DS Road towards the Glade Park Store and follow this road to Glade Park.
Glade Park has a cluster of old buildings…..a volunteer fire department, a post office, an old school that serves as a community center and the Glade Park Store. This is the history of things past, the remaining ranches and the former residents who come to relive their roots and youth.