The Colorado and Gunnison Rivers Separate Orchard Mesa from Grand Junction
While not a separate town, Orchard Mesa does have its own recognition. The older, original Orchard Mesa is mostly earlier neighborhoods. In the 80’s quite a few apartment complexes, town home and condo developments were built. The boundaries are south of Colorado River and north of Gunnison River, east to 32 Road. There is some shopping available but a very limited selection. Mesa County Fairgrounds is in Orchard Mesa and hosts many events and frequent rodeos. The City of Grand Junction operates a community swimming pool at 2736 Unaweep Avenue that offers swim time, swimming lessons, water slide, hot tub and scuba time.
Elementary Schools are Dios Rios, Lincoln Orchard, and Mesa View. New Emerson School, a STEAM school is on Unaweep Avenue and partners with Eureka Math and Science Center @Colorado Mesa University. Dual Immersion Academy is a K-5 school, that provides a unique learning environment where native English and native Spanish-speaking students learn all subjects in both languages. Together in a shared setting, the students learn their subjects in English for part of the day and then in Spanish the rest of the day. Orchard Mesa middle school and Grand Junction High School serve the older kids.
In the past few years new subdivisions are popping up on previous owned farm and pasture land. A luxury patio home development called Mesa Estates has begun construction again after struggling for a few years. Popular established neighborhoods are Granite Springs, Mahan Manor, River View, Unaweep Heights and Fairway Pines. New developments that offer great lifestyle choices are Spyglass Ridge and Mountain View Estates. The public golf course is Chipeta Pines with homes surrounding the course that have superb views of the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa.
Orchard Mesa Access to Recreation
Eagle Rim Park sits on the south edge of the Colorado River and is a 12 acre park with picnic shelters, playground, skate park and trail system. There is direct access from Eagle Rim to the Colorado Riverfront Trail, Las Colonias Park and the new outdoor Amphitheater. From there you can go east to Palisade, west to Fruita or enjoy fishing, rafting and tubing in-between on the Colorado River.