Las Colonias Park
Las Colonias Park is 130 acres and sits adjacent to downtown Grand Junction along the banks of the Colorado River. It has a diverse and rich history, as it is situated just upstream from the namesake of the community, the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, and has strong connections to the rest of the community along an existing and expanding Riverfront Trail system. Several new facility elements have been completed including the River Park, restrooms, shelters, and concessions.
The River Park at Las Colonias includes a lengthy and accessible water channel, two standing wave water features, and beach and wading areas. These amenities are accessible to a wide range of ages, ability and experience levels. There is also a boat ramp on the east side of Las Colonias Park for boats to enter and exit the Colorado River. Please do not block the boat ramp entrance/exit.
The River Park will have the flow from the main channel cut off with sandbags when the flows drop below 810 cubic feet per second (CFS). This was a condition of permits being provided to enable the creation of the River Park. The River Park is still open when this happens but the experience is different.
Butterfly Pond & Las Colonias Ponds
There are three different ponds for the community to enjoy at Las Colonias Park. The ponds have water features and the public can enjoy the water by kayak or paddle board. Swimming and tubes are not allowed in the ponds.
River Equipment Rentals
Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle (GJ SUP) is located on the east side of Las Colonias Park next to the Butterfly Pond. The public can rent equipment to float down the River Park, on the ponds, or down the Colorado River.
The Las Colonias Dog Parks consists of three different sections.
The amphitheater offers multi-functional opportunities for small, medium, and large crowds surrounded by the perfect backdrop along the Colorado River and adjacent to the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The design includes a 40- by 60-foot stage with ample back-of-house amenities such as a green room and side wings, as well as parking and gently sloped lawn seating.
The community raised $2.1 million locally to match a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Local Affairs. Local fundraising support is thanks to the Downtown Development Authority, Riverfront Foundation, Goodwin Foundation, Bacon Family Foundation, Grand Junction Lions Club, El Pomar Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, Department of Energy, Navarro, and the City of Grand Junction.
Business Park at Las Colonias
Through a public/private partnership, the City is developing a Business Park at the east end of Las Colonias Park, integrating it into the community park. The Business Park includes the development of approximately 10 to 15 acres of the Park as a Google-like campus to attract outdoor recreation-related businesses, combined with public park amenities consistent with the Las Colonias Master Plan (JPG).
The City is partnering with the Downtown Development Authority to build the Business Park for an overall public/private investment of $30 million ($10 million public and $20 million private). City Council approved an incentive package for the retention and expansion of Bonsai Design, an existing outdoor recreation business, as an anchor tenant in the Business Park. The company would also actively participate with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership in the recruitment of businesses to the Park.
2021 Great Places in Colorado Award
In 2021, the City of Grand Junction received an Honor Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Las Colonias River Park was designated as a Great Place in Colorado (PDF).