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, Fruita Edition.
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  • October 4, 2017
    You can explore the Park within half a day on the road, best with a picnic at one of the picnic tables that the turn outs stand. Or you can spend days and hiking the various trails and Sun on and enjoy sunsets. As always you should not be from the visitor center. The Park is just beautiful!
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  • October 3, 2017
    We visited on a poor weather day but still had some views to the east which gave some impression of the spectacular nature of the park - and what we were missing. Very helpful staff in the visitor cen...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The Colorado National Monument is not a "monument" in the traditional sense. It a grandiose 23 miles of unique red-rock formations..think Bryce, Zion and Capitol Reef. Along the route are numerous pul...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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!
  • June 20, 2017
    Breathtaking but make sure you trust your driver and are not afraid of heights. The roads are hair raising. The park is beautiful and there are many hiking trails. Make sure you have at least an hour to drive through if not more and if you like to hike you will be there all day long.
  • June 15, 2017
    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!
  • June 10, 2017
    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!
  • July 1, 2017
    Beautiful place! Worth the drive. Get out and walk the vista views. Most people drove up and did not even get out to really see what was out there.

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