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Colorado National Monument

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Address: Fruita, CO
Phone Number: 970-858-3617
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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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A MUST SEE when near Grand Junction

Take a car tour of one of Americas most stunning drives through the Colorado National Monument. Red rock out cropping, cliffs and vistas you won't soon forget! A winding road w... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Aspen, Colorado
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Take a car tour of one of Americas most stunning drives through the Colorado National Monument. Red rock out cropping, cliffs and vistas you won't soon forget! A winding road w plenty of turn offs allow for some unbelievable photo opportunities. Its in Fruita a town very near to Grand Junction and if you're headed west, take the detour, its... More 

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Des Moines
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a great National Monument right off of I-70. There is a paved road that goes all the way through the monument so you are able to get off the interstate, drive through the monument, and get back on the interstate down the road. There is a $10.00 fee and the visitor center is on the west end; which... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Red rock formations, canyons, exceptional from the top rim viewing, hiking trails galore, a large variety of wildlife, and, the cities of Fruita and Grand Junction close by.

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Eagle, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you like interesting rock formations the Colorado National Monument is a must. The monument is not huge and only takes a couple of hours to drive. Give yourself all day to do some hiking, wildlife watching and photos. There is plenty to do including riding a bike or motorcycle through the park.

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Fruita, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Awesome scenery! I live in Fruita, at the west entrance, and hike in the CNM about once a week. The big horn sheep are so used to people and traffic (slow down and obey the posted speed limits), they are almost tame. As long as they're above you, they won't be stressed, and you'll be able to take some great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is probably one of the most photogenic places on the earth. Bring your camera, it doesn't even matter the weather as every kind is beautiful here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There are fees to enter and to camp at the campground but it's totally worth it the bathrooms were clean and very nice. Planning on returning to backpack through some of the canyons which is free but a permit is needed. The host at the camp ground was very nice, friendly, and very informative.

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Fort Worth, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Not sure why this is labeled as something to do in Fruita since we entered via Grand Junction. Regardless, we throughly enjoyed the drive through the monument. The colors were spectacular. A great ride on our motorcycle the 2nd time through. Highly recommend.

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Durango, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

After many visits, it is still an easily-accessible and beautiful National Park/Monument next to Grand Junction. I am always so surprised at how many people from CO have never even visited this local gem. You can drive through the Park, take some beautiful hikes, camp, enjoy great biking, or do some fun rock climbing here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Viewing the valley at night is amazing. This is something to see on a clear night. Be prepared to be amazed by the lights.

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