Colorado National Monument, Fruita

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Colorado National Monument (locally referred to as The Monument) is a National Park Service unit near the city of Grand Junction, Colorado. Spectacular canyons cut deep into sandstone, and even granite–gneiss–schist, rock formations. This is an area of desert land high on the Colorado Plateau, with pinion and juniper forests on the plateau. The park hosts a wide range of wildlife, including red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, ravens, jays, desert bighorn sheep, and coyotes. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, road bicycling, and scenic drives; a visitor center on the west side contains a natural history museum and gift shop. There are magnificent views from trails and the Rim Rock Drive, which winds along the plateau - as well as from the campground. Nearby are the Book Cliffs and the largest flat-topped mountain in the world, the Grand Mesa. Its feature attraction is Monument Canyon, which runs the width of the park and includes rock formations such as Independence Monument, the Kissing Couple, and Coke Ovens. The monument includes 20,500 acres (32 square miles), much of which has been recommended to Congress for designation as wilderness.

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  • It is one of the best parts of the Grand Valley. Even of you don't have much time in Grand Junction or the cities around it, make it a point to drive through if you can't hike it. There are plenty of places to pull off the side of the road and take pictures if you're can't hike. But the hiking is great too.

  • One of Colorado's most scenic drives! I absolutely love watching the sunrise/sunset here. One of Colorado's most beautiful treasures that is undermined. If you get a chance male sure to drive the loop and get out and hike!

  • We really enjoyed this park. Spent 3 nights at Saddlehorn Campground and enjoyed every minute. If you get a good campsite then the sunrise and sunsets are gorgeous! The bathrooms are kept clean but do keep in mind there are no facilities for showering. The drive through the monument is awesome, some amazing viewpoints along the way. We will definitely be coming back!

  • As with all National Parks, the Rangers are very knowledgeable. This park was created prior to the Nation Park Service with much work done by the CCC. The vistas are amazingly colorful with plenty of places to pull over for viewing and picture taking. The written interpretation at the viewing stops are very well written.

  • I wish I can give this magnificent canyon Six Star - it is truly majestic and visually stunning, with red rocks with diversified shape provoking thoughts and imagination. Far beyond my expectation, we spent a good 4 hours there driving from south to north despite guard suggested a 1-2 hr tour.

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