Starting Off Strong
In the Mountains

Grand Valley BMX in Grand Junction, Colorado, has been ranked as a Top Ten course by USA BMX and is home to the Mile High Nationals, staged each August. Photo courtesy of Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire
Grand Valley BMX in Grand Junction, Colorado, has been ranked as a Top Ten course by USA BMX and is home to the Mile High Nationals, staged each August. Photo courtesy of Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire

By Laurie McLaughlin

From dry red bluffs to snowy pine forests, the vast territory that makes up the Mountain West reflects more geographic diversity than any other region in the United States. The stunning scenery—large deserts and the highest mountains in America—serves as a beautiful backdrop for athletic events of every stripe and encourages exploration off the field. “The Mountain West has exceptional venues in an unparalleled setting,” said Jennifer Stoll, executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission in Colorado. “The nature of our geography and the culture of our community opens up a breadth of outdoor recreation-centric opportunities.”

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