Parachute, Co. was originally named after the one creek that flowed into town from the northwest. Parachute Creek was named such when the original surveyors mapped the area. The creek has three main branches that converge at a point and a topographical map of the canyon has the appearance of a parachute -- but this is several miles northwest of the town. In 1908, the name of the town was changed to Grand Valley to lure travellers on their way to the Grand Valley, which is the Colorado River valley to the southwest known for its fruit production. After the local history "Lest We Forget" was published in the late 1970's, the town voted to return the name Parachute to the town.
The town of Parachute was first established when oil was discovered in a nearby mountain. The oil rush has passed and today an upscale residential community named Battlement Mesa and its attached golf course has marked a new era in the Parachute area.
Situated 45 minutes from both Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Parachute is an easy place to pull off during any trip along Colorado's scenic I-70 corridor. The town is headquartered at the confluence of the Colorado River and Parachute Creek, both of which are popular waterways for fishing.
The countryside near Parachute and the neighboring town of Rifle is also a hunter's paradise. Horseback riding and rafting are also popular pursuits in the area. Cultural activities and attractions such as the world-famous hot springs and Colorado National Monument are located in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, respectively.
Region: Northwest Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 195.8 miles from Boulder, 1.6 miles from Battlement Mesa, 15.8 miles from Collbran, 19.4 miles from Rifle, 28.2 miles from Silt, 31.5 miles from Palisade
Elevation: 5090 feet
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