Glade Park is a Former Western Colorado Ranching and Farming Community.
Glade Park is 16 miles west of Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado and sits above the Colorado National Monument. 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.
There are some incredible luxury homes, ranches and other very nice homes in Glade Park. Most residents live on 35 to 40 acre parcels, and some commute to Grand Junction for work, groceries, auto parts and other necessities. Homes have their own wells, septic systems and solar power is very practical and popular. 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 spectacular views and varied ecology. The Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management area encompasses a stunning landscape of high desert canyons and plateaus overlooking the Grand Valley and Grand Mesa. Outdoor recreation includes biking, four-wheeling, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, rock climbing/rappelling, nature trials and wildlife viewing.
Rough Canyon is another nearby recreation area with a trail that drops you into a beautiful canyon. Gorgeous homes and ranches are scattered throughout the area and some backup to Rough canyon with their land ownership extending down into the canyon
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.
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 (zip code 81523), 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.