western Slope - Wednesdays

Here is March's painting schedule. 

March 3rd – 10:00 am. 

Paint at the Palisade Plunge Trailhead in Palisade, which is also the start of the Palisade Rim Trailhead. We will paint at the newly open Palisade Plunge trail, which offers great views of the canyon and majestic surrounding formations.

Restroom available but no water


Map Link to the location: https://goo.gl/maps/uQtfPGnSCr7g5BWm8


March 10th -10:00 am. 

Orchard Mesa Canal Road. We will paint on the Orchard Mesa Canal Road, 50 yards north of the intersection at 30 Road and A ½ road.  You will be able to paint old barns, water canal, farmland, wetlands, old cottonwood trees, and long-distance views. Sorry no restrooms or water.


Map Link to the location: https://goo.gl/maps/T3vQ3TK3Nb1E61hRA

March 17th - 10:00 am 

Horsethief Canyon Wildlife area located in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. You will present wild desert vegetation, old cottonwood trees, redrock canyons, and long distances views. If you know the area it is about 3 miles past Pollock Bench hiking trail.

From Fruita visitors center: Head southwest toward CO-340 toward the Colorado National Monument. Turn right onto Kingsview Rd, follow the road for about 5 miles past an old log cabin storage shed on your left. Keep driving a little way until there is a green-colored gate on your left. Park there and hike south along the fence for 100 yards, which open up to a red rock canyon. That is the spot to paint.  No restrooms or water are available.


See directions from CDOT Rest Area:  Fruita Welcome Center ( https://goo.gl/maps/jGCmGtjUkVh3BKm59 ) in Google Maps.


March 24th  - Escalante canyon Captain Smiths Cabin – 10:00 am. This location is an enchanting red rock canyon area which is truly one of the most beautiful unknown treasures in this part of the state.  The old cabin is about 10 miles down Escalante Road. Make sure to bring water, food, and a good sense of adventure. There are restrooms, a shaded area, and views further down the road at the Keyhole rest area.  Meet at highway 50 and Escalante Canyon Road at 10:00 to drive in together.  RSVP so we will expect you.


Directions: Captain Smiths Cabin is located thirty miles from the intersection of 32 Road and U.S.50 in Grand Junction. To get there travel for approximate twenty-one miles towards Delta on U.S. 50. Turn right (South) onto Escalante Canyon Road and stay on the main road 8 miles as it winds and weaves its way down the canyon.  Feel free to pull over and paint along the way


Map link to the location: https://goo.gl/maps/6pGTp1jmyp3V3D548


March 31 - 9:00 am.  River Bend Park, Palisade

One of the most premier parks in the Grand Valley. It has something for everyone. We will paint the river, the trees, ponds, the Grand Mesa, and Mt Garfield.  There is a restroom but no drinking water.


Directions: To get here, take Interstate-70 east to the Palisade exit (42). Turn south and take Elberta Street Highway 6. Go across the highway, and turn left (east) on the frontage road that parallels the highway. This is West 8th Street. Proceed one block to Logan Street and turn right. Go to the bottom of the hill, and you’ll find the park entrance. Go over the canal bridge and park.



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