Colorado National Monument, Fruita
Categories: Mountains, Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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If your in the area, it's a no brainier to drive through the park and take in a hike or two. The visitors center is very helpful and plenty to read about the park! Many pull overs for easy photos of t... read more »
We entered via the Fruita entrance but the road construction around the area made finding the turnoff very difficult and in fact we went past initially as we thought the turnoff was closed. After a sl... read more »
We weren't sure how long it would take to explore the Colorado National Monument. If you are there in the summer, it is best to get a very early start. The heat comes in and hiking is hard at times. T... read more »
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.
From all of the National Parks we've been to in UT, AZ and CO, this one seems like the "locals" park (well, this and Capitol Reef). What an incredible park that is essentially in Grand Junction. The canyons and geology are wonderful, as is the (sometimes scary) road that traces the top edges and rims. What was even better, were the various trails and the great access points to the floor from above. So many options and great hikes. We can't wait to return.
Bradford S. Weller
This place makes for a nice drive with amazing views and great photo opportunities. I love red rocks. Look to your right and look to your left and up and and all around. Stop at the overlooks and absorb the beauty of this monument. The rangers at the Visitor Center were also friendly.
It has a lot of hikes of varying length and difficulty and tremendous views, so there's a little something there for everyone. It's also nice to just drive through from time to time. Everyone should have a pass for the monument.
Awesome views and a variety of nice hikes. The viewpoints are excellent too if you're not the type to stray far from your car. Extra beautiful in the winter when snow adds some extra color. Should be a full up National Park. Can easily spend more than a day here. Neat to watch the climbers on various formations.
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