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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  • We visited the end of June and were blown away by the beauty of it. Something different to see at every twist and turn in the road. I recommend taking lots of water and hiking shoes as there are plent...  more »
  • What a great display of landscape and wildlife. The trip through the Colorado National Monument is well worth the time spent. Fantastic rock formations and the occasional mountain goat or longhorn she...  more »
  • We entered the West gate and drove to the East gate. Paid $15 on way out as West gate was unattended. There is a different gorgeous view at every pull over. 23 mile drive is not scary like some mounta...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place! I spent the night camping at the campground here. It was a good spot, 20 dollars a night with parking right at the site, tent pad and picnic table. Flush toilets but no showers. Water was easily accessible. Gorgeous sunset views and trails all around the campground area. I'd definitely recommend staying here if you ever get a chance.
  • Breath-taking scenery from every corner of the rim road. Go for a hike, you won't regret it. If travelling with children make sure to stop by the visitor's center to give them the junior park ranger activity -- it turns the whole "why are we looking at a bunch of rocks" experience into a fun one for everyone. My 8 year old was so proud when she got her badge. Careful if hiking off trail - we wanted to go on the easiest hike but the trail wasn't marked so well and we got off it and there were several sketchy spots - lots of cacti and cliffs.
  • Went here a while back. Absolutley astounding views on clear days. Do not expect to see wildlife but do expect to see rock formations that are extremely unique and a view that goes on for miles and miles. Extremely unique and is very close to town. Easy half day trip of you are looking to burn some time or make a vacation out of it!
  • We drove up to this monument one evening a couple weeks ago. The monument is designed really for motorists - families and such touring the sights from their cars. There are a few nice hiking trails, and some brave cyclists run shoulders with vehicles on the 20 or so mile stretch. But, the cars rule this roost. The scenery is really nice.
  • This place is gorgeous! My husband and I had our pictures taken here. Such a beautiful backdrop. Can't wait to come back and explore the trails.
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