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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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Good accessibility from east and west entrances (Grand Junction or Fruita). Pleasant, sometimes winding drive through the park, but plenty of pull out areas and parking and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Good accessibility from east and west entrances (Grand Junction or Fruita). Pleasant, sometimes winding drive through the park, but plenty of pull out areas and parking and trails. Great to take the family to. Amazing photography opportunities. Stunning views, and breathtaking vista to the Bookcliffs to the north, and into the Grand Valley. We go several times a year. The... More 

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Kaysville, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My daughter and I stopped there while waiting for my husband who had a business meeting. I was amazed at the beauty and never would have guessed it was there.

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Someday to become a small National Park. Interesting drive. If you have ANY fear of heights, do enter on the Fruita side--you will be on the inner lane rather than the outer--which is like HUNDREDS OF FEET STRAIGHT OFF THE SIDE OF THE MESA just inches from your door. No guardrails, either.

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Warrington, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We decided to visit Colorado National Monument because we were having a stopover night in Grand Junction and it was something to do. We had read recommendations on here but it was still much more than we expected - an over-twenty mile drive along the top of a large rock formation with numerous different smaller rock formations and a good... More 

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Mililani Town, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Beautiful natural formations and landscape. We even saw a herd of big horn sheep on the side of the road and were able to get some excellent photos. We have never seen the area crowded and the place is great for picnics and children.

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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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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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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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