Trip Planner:   USA  /  Colorado  /  Fruita  /  Nature  /  Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument, Fruita

(1,200+ reviews on the web)
Mountain Monument
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Fruita holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Colorado National Monument and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create a full Fruita itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Fruita

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Fruita by other users

30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in United States BY A USER FROM ISRAEL May, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM GREECE June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM GREECE June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 18 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM GREECE May, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 31 days in Colorado & Santa Fe BY A USER FROM GREECE May, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We drove from the Fruita entrance to Grand Junction. Beautiful! well worth stopping at most if not all of the points of interest mentioned on the map from the park ranger. Did a few "hikes" / walks fr...  more »
  • Take the time to drive through point to point and choose the trails you're up for. Some are barely walks with great views, some are all day adventures. You can't go wrong. Staggeringly beautiful and n...  more »
  • My wife and I drove through the Colorado National Monument on our way from Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT. The drive was amazing. There were stunning views everywhere, and enough observation points th...  more »
Google
  • 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!
  • A beautiful national monument! There are some great little hikes and the camping is pretty decent but it's rather small and you can see most of it from the road. It's a good drive through place if you want to see some nature in the middle of a road trip or a good stop if you want to camp the night!
  • Amazing place! We hiked the Canyon Rim Trail and it was absolutely beautiful. It took us right down near some of the large monuments in just 3 miles. Highly recommend!
  • What a beautiful place to soak in God's creation! Something this huge and massive really makes you feel pretty small! Thank you so much to the people that have made this place so accessible to vehicles and making the rugged, beautiful terrain accessible to so many people!
  • Breath taking views, amazing trails, and a place to make great memories. Unless you are a seasoned bike rider, do not attempt this bike ride. It was the struggle for our group as we are intermediate riders. Trailheads are well marked. Make sure to get the map so you can read about the trails and you do not bite off more than you can chew. Overall, a hidden gem in Colorado. John Otto's story about independence rock was very interesting. The shorter trails are good for younger children.