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Colorado National Monument

Address: Fruita, CO
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Fruita
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Mountains, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This monument, 23,000 acres of canyons, plateaus and massive towers of naturally sculpted...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Mountains, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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110 reviews 110 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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105 reviews 105 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

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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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

My strong preference for a canyonlands experience is always Moab and the surrounding area but I strongly recommend that anyone passing along I-70 check out CNM. The 23 mile road winds through a wonderful sampling of almost everything that Moab has to offer but is mainly a 'driving tour'. There are some hiking trails and a limited amount of camping... More 

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Coaldale, Colorado
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Just a "drive-by" this time; but always worth the time. View of Independence Rock always worth a pic or two

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Leadville, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Fruita is an awesome place and the Monument is tremendously gorgeous! The town is affordable, the views sensational and hiking or biking trails abound. Go fo it. Excellent weather for almost December.

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Ottawa, Canada
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305 reviews 305 reviews
75 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We drove from Moab to get here, but it is also easily accessible from the Interstate and Grand Junction. Coming from Moab up the canyon of the Colorado River is a great drive in itself. In the park, the scenic drive hugs a cliff edge for 23 miles, with many pulloffs and overlooks. If you drive from east to west,... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
100 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This park is not as well known as Arches and Canyonlands but is definitely worth taking the time to visit. We visited on our way from Grand Junction to Moab. This park has formations that you won't see in the bigger parks, eg the coke ovens. Beautiful scenery

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