Directions and Information

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council grooms ski trails at three locations on the Grand Mesa:

  • Skyway
  • County Line
  • Ward 

The GMNC Nordic ski areas are located on Colorado Highway 65 (Scenic Byway), 45 miles from Grand Junction via  I-70/CO Hwy 65, and 35 miles from Delta via HWYs 92 and 65 through Cedaredge. For current road conditions and travel alerts check CDOT.

Tips for Your Visit to the Grand Mesa Nordic Trails


Essential Things to Have in Your Pack

  • Clothing layers for wind, snow, or cold as the weather can change rapidly.
  • Trail map – plan your distance so that everyone in your group has fun and can finish with a smile.
  • Food and liquids. There are no services available at the ski trails except for parking and outhouses. Bring water, as there is no source to fill bottles.
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Fully charged cell phone- for photos, the time, and emergencies.
  • Consider using a GPS-enabled device with the Avenza app for navigation with GMNC’s geo-referenced maps shown under Trail Navigation. 
  • Matches and a whistle

Elevation and Altitude Sickness

  • The trails in the Nordic system are high elevation (above 10,000 feet), so your heart rate will increase more rapidly than during exercise at lower elevations. Most people find skiing even a short hill quite demanding because of the high altitude.
  • Altitude sickness can cause headaches, mild nausea, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Monitor the people skiing in your group so that everyone is drinking water, staying warm, and having fun.
  • Beginning skiers can make loops close to the parking lot so your group can easily access your vehicle.
  • Skyway has a warming hut with a wood stove that visitors are welcome to use during the day.
  • Cell phone service is spotty on the Grand Mesa. Call 911 for any emergency.


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