Parachute, Colorado

Located about halfway between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction in western Colorado, the small town of Parachute and its sister community of unincorporated Battlement Mesa are at the confluence of the Colorado River and Parachute Creek.

Though the town is not a mecca of amenities, it does have an info center – and it provides access to two very popular fishing waterways.

Around Parachute the primary lifestyle is that of cattle rancher, and some of the working ranches have opened themselves to visitors who want to get an up close glimpse into the life in the West.

Hunting and rafting are also popular in the Parachute area, and its proximity to Glenwood Springs and the famed hot springs is a draw. It’s also close to Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction.

There are two lodging choices and two dining options in town.