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Colorado National Monument

Fruita, CO
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Fruita
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: Don't stay in Grand Junction or Fruita without visiting the Colorado National Monument; it is not a statue or a marker, but 32 square miles of... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The views are spectacular, the road is easy to navigate and it is not to be missed. The rocks vary in color from red to black to brown. Each spot you stop at gives you a different view. The canyons are huge and it is no where as crowded as the Grand Canyon. A must see!

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Arvada, Colorado
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22 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There is little I can add to the other reviews of this magnificent treasure. We spent the day hiking and picnicking and enjoyed every moment. We camped at the James M. Robb State Park - Fruita Section because we didn't think the campground in the Monument itself would be suitable for our rig - a 32' travel trailer. And it... More

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Knysna, South Africa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It is a breathtaking experience to visit this park and drive the route. Every corner yields a vista more spectacular then the last. It's definitely a not to miss experience.

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26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Kids enjoyed the Junior Ranger program. We took several walks out to different spots for the scenery. Every turn was a different vista. Easy drive as well. Numerous spots to pull over for photos. The visitors center was great also. No crowds either. There was a campground as well.

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Winterset, Iowa
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We found this park by accident and we will forever be grateful that we did! It is amazingly beautiful! There were no crowds and the views were so stunning. If you are ever in Western Colorado you must go. It is breathtaking!

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toronto
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136 reviews 136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We were staying in Fruita and got to the park just before 8 am. The mist was rising through the rocks and it was beautiful. Be sure to go to the visitors center where the very helpful Desiree will tell you which of the hikes (many are quite short) to go on. Afterwards, we took the very scenic Route 141... More

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La Junta, Colorado
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I know there are beautiful scenic areas everywhere, but if you are on the Western Slope of Colorado you must drive up to the Colorado Monument fron Grand Junction on to Fruita. It is a beautiful drive with thrilling scenic views. The drive is slow, winding and busy but well worth the two hour round trip. And go on up... More

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The views from the road incredible. I thought the scenery was as beautiful as any of the national parks but without all the crowds. I was pleasantly surprised by this place!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

The views are spectacular. I don't know if you can still hike there, but we certainly did years ago. Plenty of interesting rock formations & views over the valley to the Bookcliff mtns. Colors ranging from reds to purples. Amazing!

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21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a really neat national park. The views are fantastic, beautiful coloration, deep canyons in many places only a few feet from the side of the road. Bring your camera for the many sights are too numerous to list. The road through the park is about 30 miles long and will take more than an hour to complete due... More

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