GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
A vision over 18 years ago of a purpose driven, outdoor recreation hospitality chill zone with one heck of a view will be a reality next year in Grand Junction. Founder, Jen Taylor says, “El Jet’s Cantina will be an indoor-outdoor cantina. Very convertible experience. Very much celebrating the viewshed and the corridor of the Colorado River, the confluence, and the Colorado National Monument.”
The five acre plan within the $12 million 58 acre Riverfront at Dos Rios master plan, turns a former junkyard into glamorous camping, recreating, “And, tell a global destination story for our riverfront that has been historically really just not celebrated, and you can even say abandoned and neglected in a way referencing the 8,500 junk cars,” said Taylor.
The Baja inspired full service cantina, eatery, and glamping resort takes time, and money, but most importantly, it takes an artist. Owner of Sparks Fly Studio, Tim Navin says, “This is definitely the most unique project I’ve ever worked on.”
There will be 71 units for camping, glamping, and lodging, but it isn’t just a 1968 Airstream, it’s the Hattie Rose, and nine other units just like it will be named after the people they were bought from. “Dealing with something that’s gone down the road for 30-40 years and twists and turns. Doesn’t have anything square or straight on it. There’s never a dull moment,” said Navin.
22 tent camp sites along the river, 20 RV sites, 10 renovated silver bullets, 7 tiny homes all unique to Grand Junction, and it’s all part of the mission. “To be a bridge to create, celebrate and be a bridge for community, confluence, and culture,” said Taylor.
One percent of the proceeds go back to the Riverside neighborhood, another one percent go back to the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, and one percent will go to the Forever Our Rivers Foundation.
El Jet’s Cantina and Sky Outpost is set to open in April of 2022.