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Colorado National Monument, Fruita

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See desert land, canyons cut into sandstone, pinion and juniper forests, and wildlife at Colorado National Monument, which you can tour by car or bike, on horseback, or on foot. Hiking and biking trails range in length from 0.4 km (0.25 mi) to 23 km (14 mi), and the scenic drive stretches 37 km (23 mi) through the park. See Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. If you love hiking, go for the Monument Canyon trail--you can encounter wildlife, liquid mudflows, and tall rock formations, with names like Independence Monument and Kissing Couple. Don't forget your camera. Colorado National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • The Colorado National Monument is just outside Grand Junction, Colorado. We went on a weekday in April so there were no crowds. There are two entrances and we came in by the eastern entrance and...  more »
  • Great park. No traffic. Do your research about the different trails and watch YouTube videos before. Do the Serpent's Trail early - no shade and all switchbacks, but great views the whole way. Trail....  more »
  • This is an amazing place to visit. With all the news coverage about crowded parks this summer, I was shocked that there were not more people visiting this site. It seems there were quite a few cars...  more »
  • Incredible views. Nice curvy road a blast on the motorcycle. If your more ambitious you can bike up and over, very narrow road, most drivers anticipate and respect. But there's always that 1 be safe. Hiking trails for every level of fitness. Campground had excellent facilities and as of now it's only 22 bucks a car to camp plus entry fee. They honor federal land passes. Dogs only on paved trails is the only unfortunate thing, but understandable.
  • I was driving through Grand Junction on my way to Denver and at the last moment I decided to visit the Colorado National Monument. I'm incredibly glad that I did. It contains absolutely beautiful desert-like views. You can see the different layers of rock on the canyon walls. The colors of the rock layers combine with the green valley of Grand Junction and the blue sky to make spectacular contrasts. There is a park entry fee and there are some trails along the canyon that can be hiked. Be careful near the anyone edge.
  • Even with the scorching temperatures today I would not have missed this experience for the world. Pictures cannot do it justice of just how grand and amazing the views and size of this whole monument are. It makes you realize just how tiny you are. The visitors center is defintely worth a visit as well. All the staff are very nice and helpful.
  • What is there to say? The pictures tell you all about it, but I guess I could provide a few more details. So this is a national park and you'll need to pay to get in Price is very depending on your status, and if you're a military person with an active ID card you can get in for free to any of the parks actually in Colorado. Next, is the drive. Plan on a 1 hour drive around the monument Park and then depending on how long of course you stay at each of the pull-offs. there are many pull-offs and there are there also some pull offs that require hiking to the intended viewpoint so perhaps if you really want to hit every spot and see everything plan two to three hours or more. I did the whole thing in about 2 hours stopping it almost every stop that allows you to take pictures directly from the stopping point. Finally, make sure you're enjoying this trip with a confident driver. Literally the wrong turn and the wrong pedal I eat gas or break could send you over the edge of a cliff that would easily and quickly in your life. nothing not to end on on a sourdough, just want to let you know what you're in for as it's a two-lane road but that's all it is and sometimes or often there are no guard rails leaving those with a fear of heights a little squeamish as you round the corner sometimes. I composed this entire review using voice dictation so please forgive any grammatical or gross spelling errors.
  • Great short hikes that you can do not to far off I 70. Beautiful scenery and really cool rock formations. We hiked with kids and it was really fun. Keep them close though, most of the trail does not have a rope or is fenced off from getting too close. Bring plenty of water you will need it and a map. The trails are not labeled. We hiked the canyon rim trail it's right outside the visitors center and is a nice short hike.

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