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Colorado National Monument

1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, Colorado 81521 USA

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“the spirit of the American west”

Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. Most of Colorado National Monument rises more than 2,000 feet above the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. Situated at the edge of the Uncompahgre Uplift, the park is part of the greater Colorado Plateau, which also embraces such geologic wonders as the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. It is a semi-desert land of pinyon pines and junipers, ravens and jays, desert bighorns and coyotes. Magnificent views from highland trails and the Rim Rock Drive stretch from the colorful sheer-walled canyons and fascinating rock sculptures to the distant Colorado River valley, the purple-gray Book Cliffs, and the huge flat-topped mountain called Grand Mesa. In the age of John Muir, some 1000 miles from Yosemite Valley, a kindred spirit and fervent conservationist John Otto was dedicating himself to protecting and promoting the land that today we know as Colorado National Monument. Otto built the first trails into this rugged landscape to reach the glorious red rock canyons. He climbed the steep monoliths to post the American Flag from the highest vantage points he could reach. He surveyed the first road, Trail of the Serpent - four miles with 52 switchbacks. Otto worked tirelessly with the communities of Grand Junction and Fruita advocating for the creation of a national park to protect the extraordinary geology of ancient canyons and towering monoliths. Ultimately, Colorado National Monument was established on May 24, 1911, as a presidential proclamation by President Taft under the authority of the Antiquities Act.

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Reviewed by
ABATTLDONKEY

  • 8 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
September 02, 2014
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This is worth every penny of the $10 entry fee. This momument will leave you breathless, and is VERY well layed out. After entering the park, the main road will take you up to the top of the mountain that surrounds this momument. I cant remember the total drive length (i want to say 30 mi), but you'll zig zag around some of the most beautiful canyons you'll ever see. There are pull-outs all along the road for amazing vistas, which also tell you a bit of history about the particular landscape that your looking at. I went out of my way (and was time crunched) to make this park a part of my road trip, and it was worth every penny, every second, and made for some amazing memories.

10 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jess

  • 11 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

took about 3 hours to get through the entire area, but I stopped at just about every place possible to turn off at. photographer problems.. haha. such a beautiful place, makes you wonder what the world looked like millions of years ago when the monument was first born. my favorite stop was where you can shout in to the canyon and hear a perfect echo of yourself.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
justinboh

  • 1 Review
  • 6 Helpful
June 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

Winding switch back roads reveal some of the most amazing views I've ever seen. You get the cliffs right under you and the Rockies as a backdrop. There are multiple viewpoints and pull-offs to check out the views. Definitely plan on spending a few hours here to see all the great views. Well worth the admission price and time.

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
joebrad72

  • 13 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
April 17, 2018
Rated 5.0

One of the highlights of our 4000 mile coast to coast trip. I didn't expect this Grand Canyon-like place in Colorado. Beautiful scenery turn after turn in this National Park. Highly recommend it. Takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get through depending on how long / how much you stop.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ajcadoo

  • 10 Reviews
  • 41 Helpful
July 02, 2014
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$10 entry fee. Take Rim Rock Road around the entire landmark for the most views! Well worth it.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
chris.surdyk

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 17, 2013
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Plan on spending a few hour's here and make sure your camera batteries are good because this place is amazing. The mountain skyline is breath taking.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
indy_miami

  • 28 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 03, 2017
Rated 5.0

Wet worth it and at the time exactly what we needed. A nice drive that you didn't have to get out of the car for if you didn't want to. Gorgeous.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AustinH.

  • Photographer
  • 6 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
October 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

Highly recommend anyone to visit this extremely beautiful park! I was impressed...absolutely gorgeous scenery.

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October 14, 2022
Rated 5.0

Fantastic scenery of cliffs and canyons. Rock formations and history are around every turn of this beautiful drive. You can see so much as you drive, but if you want more there many turnouts where you can get out and take short or long hikes. Well worth your time. Be sure to travel the entire route. We started at the West Entrance and drove through to the East Entrance.

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Reviewed by
MojicaFamily

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

Really an amazing sight. It does take at least 30 minutes to get through, but worth it IMO.

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Colorado National Monument

1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, Colorado
81521 USA
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