Fruita : Colorado


What It Is Like to Retire in Fruita

Fruita is a small town on the west central edge of Colorado. The Colorado National Monument towers over the town and the Colorado River borders it, as does the Uncompahgre Plateau. The town started out as a fruit producing region, but is now know for the outdoor sports it offers, especially mountain biking and rafting.  Fruita is popular with paleontologists as most of the skeleton of a Brontosaurus was discovered here 1901.  Bird watching is also a popular draw to Fruita, as many common and rare birds are seen along the Colorado River and Highline Lake State Park.  Photo of Fruita City sign seen along Interstate 70 It highlighting the four most notable activities that Fruita residents take part in, and photo of Dinosaur Hill Taken at the base of the Dinosaur Hill where Elmer Riggs discovered Apatosaurus bones in 1901, courtesy of Wikipedia and Librarian Hat AG (public domain).


Where to Retire in Fruita and Home Prices

There is an active adult community in Fruita (see link at left).
The median home value in Fruita was $3378,138 in late 2021, according to  Zillow.


What Is Special about Fruita

This area near Grand Junction is known for its outstanding outdoor recreation.  The Colorado National Monument is one of the country's greatest natural features. The Fruita Fall Festival is an annual harvest event that delights residents and visitors alike.

What Is Not Special about Fruita

Fruita is a small town; Winters are cold and it does snow; it is not considered a very walkable community.


Who Will Like Retirement in Fruita

Retirees who want a small town and enjoy the outdoors would like living in Fruita.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Construciton and Mining


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 25 degrees and the average July temperature is about 75 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The beauty of the area has drawn countless artists, sculptures and photographers to Fruita, and the city is scattered with public art sculptures and art galleries; each summer the town host a summer art camp for both children and adults;  there are also summer music concerts and arts and crafts fairs;  The Fat Tire Festival is a three day mountain biking celebration with music, races, and a beer garden;  Fruita is also known for its "Mike the Headless Chicken Festival".



Crime in Fruita is just under the national average.

Medical Facilities

Community Hospital is about 10 miles away in Grand Junction.



Grand Junction Regional Airport is about 15 miles away.  The closet International airports are almost 300 miles away in either Salt Lake City or Denver. There is an Amtrak station in Grand Junction about 10 miles away.


Valuable Links

Fruita, Colorado

Fruita on Wikipedia


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