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Colorado National Monument

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Address: Fruita, CO
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Description: This monument, 23,000 acres of canyons, plateaus and massive towers of...
This monument, 23,000 acres of canyons, plateaus and massive towers of naturally sculpted monoliths, includes Balance Rock, a 600-ton boulder perched on a rock pedestal.
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Beautiful Colorado

Just one of Colorado's many natural Beauties. This area offers adventure for the novice to the backcountry hiker. A must see!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Carbondale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Just one of Colorado's many natural Beauties. This area offers adventure for the novice to the backcountry hiker. A must see!

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I could not believe that canyons, rock cliffs and walls like these existed around this area. It was easy to make the drive around it and to stop and take photos along the way. The Visitor's Center has very good exhibits and even a short movie to tell about the history of the area, wildlife and others interesting information. There... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Lots of lookouts with great views. Most trails are strenuous but there are a few easier hikes. All we tried were worth the effort.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It is beautiful! Nice drive best in the warmer weather could be tricky with snow. They have an awesome ranger center with an interactive learning room and souvenirs for purchase. Pack a lunch or snacks, restroom available at ranger center(not sure of exact name)

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Denver, Colorado
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I've never been to the Grand Canyon, but I'm told the Colorado Monument is a smaller version. It was certainly impressive enough and made for a great 60-minute side trip just driving around. It's close to I-70 and not too scary to sightsee and drive. GIve it a try.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Not as gorgeous as the Tetons or Yellowstone, but this park has it's own style and great views. Youi simply pay 10 bucks and enjoy the scenery. It starts off slow, but picks up in the middle and I found myself not being able to stop pulling over and taking photos. If you want to go back to GJ after... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Spectacular views along the main road, which is called Rim Rock Drive. Towering monoliths, sheer walled red rock canyons, Independence Monument, the Coke Ovens, the Kissing Couple, Grand Valley, the Book Cliffs, and a great view of the world's largest flat top mountain: The Grand Mesa. Convenient to Grand Junction and Fruita. Very close. Spend the whole day, or just... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is now one of our favorite national park. It was our first visit and we didn't know what to expect but it sure exceed our expectations. It's not visited like other parks like the Arches Nat'l Park or the Grand Canyon whom at this days are so crowded that you can be lucky if you had the chance to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We like visiting early in the morning. We find that the sunrise makes some great shadows on the monument. We also see more wildlife early in the morning.

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Breath taking views no matter where you stop! You need to go all seasons because every time you go it's like a brand new view. It constantly changes like the weather.

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