When asked to describe where we’re located, sometimes the easiest thing to say is “we’re 5 hours west of Denver”. This area is called the Western Slope (of the Rockies). The Rocky Mountains are to the east, and the Uncompahgre Plateau to the west.
Our little area of the Western Slope is further defined by our rivers. To the north, we have the Roaring Fork Valley, created by the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers, which has larger towns like Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and of course Aspen.
If you head southwest over McClure Pass, first you enter the North Fork Valley with the North Fork of the Gunnison River running through it, which has smaller towns like Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia.
Head west, and you’ll arrive in the Surface Creek area (you guessed it, named after Surface Creek) including Cedaredge, Eckert, Cory and Austin, and Delta farther to the southwest.
These areas, which cover several counties, all have access to commercial airports in Grand Junction, Montrose and Aspen, and each area has its own unique character. Check out these links for more information: