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Colorado National Monument

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Address: Fruita, CO
Phone Number: 970-858-3617
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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 wonder of the world

Colorado National Monument is an amazing place to drive or cycle through. Magnificent scenery and great views of the surrounding area. We are so glad this was recommended to us... read more

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Colorado National Monument is an amazing place to drive or cycle through. Magnificent scenery and great views of the surrounding area. We are so glad this was recommended to us, and we strongly recommend anyone visiting or driving through the Grand Junction/Fruita area take the time to visit it too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I was glad I wasn't driving, as you're literally driving up a mountain. Looking down into the valley is breathtaking. There are designated spots to stop and take pictures. I'm terrified of heights, but the view was soothing. I look forward to seeing it again.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Allow time to take the short hikes, the views are worth it.There are 2 entrances but enter at as the views are better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing drive around the monument, with lots of places to stop, take pictures and go for hikes ranging from 1/2 mile to about 8 miles. Spectacular scenery and is so relaxing. It was quiet and could feel I was in Gods country was there in November in between snowfalls, so not quite as busy, but weather was beautiful. Count on... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to drive through Colorado National Monument on the last day of our trip to the Moab area. As soon as we passed through the first tunnel we got a surprise - several Desert Bighorn sheep grazing by the side of the road. We stopped at the visitor centre, then did a few short hikes including Alcove Spring, Window... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most spectacular natural place on Earth. It is only minutes from Grand Junction and deserves national park designation. The many view sites dazzle the mind, but are terrifying. It is surreal.

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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After being surrounded by rocks for a solid week, we thought we had seen it all! Colorado NM was beautiful, yet different from all the NP's in Utah. We really enjoyed our day there.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really very beautiful. We drove up and the views were fantastic. Not only that but the place begged us to stay and eat. Luckily, we had our camp stove and some food so we had supper up here. It was very relaxing. They have a beautiful Visitor's Center where they could explain about the area. This is... More 

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Southern USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived in Grand Junction for the night with time to make a scenic drive of the Colorado National Monument. There were not many others around, so for the most part we had the place to ourselves. Very scenic, great place for photos, lots of pull-offs with only a short walk to the edge. Enjoyed!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful spot with outstanding views. Lots of spots to pull over & admire the scenery. If you are a bit nervous of driving on roads with high drop offs(as I was) the best route is to come in from the Fruita end as most of the drop offs are on the other side of the road. I am used... More 

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