The vacancy rate in Grand Junction is almost half the national average. This means you need to start looking in January or February to ensure that you find a place. Those that come available will get snapped up fast.
Whenever you're operating in a competitive rental atmosphere, you need to take actions to make your rental applications stand out. A strong credit report and excellent references are the best way to do this. If you have those in hand before you start handing out applications, you should have no problem finding the perfect apartment.
Hopping on the Grand Valley Transit system is a cheap and effective way to commute around the city. Coupled with a bicycle, there is nowhere you can't get in the city with public transit. The bus line has a bike and ride initiative where all the city busses have bike racks for you to story your bike if you need to go further than you can conveniently cycle.
Hiking and cycling trails surround Grand Junction, and some even come with a theme! The Riggs Hill Trails wind through hills that have been rich with dinosaur fossil finds. All around Grand Junction you can find entertainment for the rugged outdoorsman. For those with more refined taste, golf courses and winery tours provide entertainment without the adrenaline.