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About Colorado National Monument, Fruita

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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Walking past the city of Fruita, you will come across Colorado National Monument. Missed by most of the visitors, Colorado National Monument is unique in its own way.

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  • Absolutely Stunning. Words alone can't begin to describe this place. I can see why this is the National Monument with it's rare natural formations of sandstone along with the beautiful plant life. The National Park Service has done a very good job with the info graphics that have been posted along the way. I really wished I would have had a better camera for this trip. But I will have the memories for a long time.

  • 10$ for a motorcycle is outrageous. This is a national treasure not Arnold the abnormally aggressive alligator that you charge tourists to throw chicken necks to. National and state parks are meant to show the citizens their beautiful country not be used for a lazy profit. IF YOU ARE ON A MOTORCYCLE WATCH FOR SAND AND GRAVEL BECAUSE 10$ A MOTORCYCLE DOES NOT MEAN THEY CLEAN THE ROADS OFTEN.

  • Colorado National Monument Park absolutely blew me away! The surroundings were so beautiful I can't even describe it! We had the most awesome time there! I am terrified of heights but somehow overcame it in order to appreciate the splendor of this park! Sure would have liked guardrails on the roads! But I lived to tell everyone how worth the side trip to this marvelous canyon is! I am from Alberta and am used to see natural splendor and this ranks right up there with anything I have ever seen!

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  • A scenic 23 mile drive. Unique formations. Many short hikes to the view points. Not crowded. Limited bathroom locations. Some longer trails are not marked well. A short drive from Grand Junction.

  • Such a nice place to go and forget about every day worries and refresh yourself in nature. The hikes are fun and there are many different levels which make it nice to choose how hard or easy you'd like to go. There are junior ranger books children can work on while there and once completed they can earn a junior ranger badge.

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