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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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  • As noted by some reviewers, if you enter from the Grand Junction side the road climbs up sharply and has very deep and steep dropoffs with no guardrails. Wonderful views but you won't enjoy them as mu...  more »
  • We did a drive through of the main road stopping at many of the view points. Beautiful views of the spires and Junction Valley  more »
  • At first I really didn't think that this would be much fun. Kind of threw it in to waste time driving from Glenwood Springs to Ouray but boy am I glad I did. Right after entering the park on the drive...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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