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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. 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.
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  • We've driven through, hiked, and camped at this National Monument numerous times. The views, particularly at night with the city lights, are fantastic. The hikes are pleasant (note that in summer you ...  more »
  • We have the route through Colorado National Monument of Fruita to Grand Junction. It is truly beautiful!! Beyond expectations!
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  • Unbelievable scenery on an easy drive through this beautiful park. Pull offs and vistas are easy to traverse.  more »
  • Fantastic place. The drive up and through the park is amazing. The views are incredible. We stayed overnight in the one campground. It was nice. We walked to the visitor center from the campground. There was also a Window Rock view point near the campground that was incredible. Watch your children because the rims are sharp 1600 foot drops and very dangerous. Take the drive through the park, you will love the views.
  • I rode through the Monument as part of the Tour of the Moon, an organized bicycle ride around the Grand Valley. It was my first time here and it was spectacular. The views are what I will remember most, that and the effort it took to climb to the top. I had so much fun that my wife and I drove through the next morning before returning to Utah. Although the Visitor Center wasn't open as we arrived too early in the day, we ran into a park ranger and she told us where we could see some bighorn sheep. That was so thoughtful and helpful. I will definitely return and explore this fabulous national park more in the future.
  • Colorado National Monument is beautiful! The park consists of miles and miles of canyons of sandstones sprinkled with green juniper. I view on Rim Rock Drive is amazing. I was having dinner at a restaurant in Grand Junction telling our waiter about visiting different national parks on our trip. He casually mentioned how there’s one in their backyard, which we hadn’t realized! I’m really glad I was able to stop by for a quick visit.  The monument is open 24/7 all year round except on Christmas Day. I highly suggest you get an annual national park pass for $80 that will get you into all the parks. Otherwise, the entrance fee is $10 for a car, $5 for a motorcycle, and $5 for hiking or bicycle.
  • If you are in the Grand Junction area, ut is definitely worth checking out this beautiful park. It is nice easy drive through the park with lots of well maintained trail heads and plenty of places to take in some breathtaking scenery. There is also access to some more aggressive 4x4 driving and great hikes. Take a look at Black Ridge Rd and Rattlesnake Arches.
  • We almost missed this place. But decided to check it out and glad we did. You need to plan several hours here. You can get out and hike, take pictures from many scenic areas or drive through the area. Don't overlook this place.