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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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Great Place to Hike

Easy to drive the 20+ miles from the East to the West entrance (or vice versa), but expect to stop every 5 min to take a photo! We liked the following hikes (listed easiest to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Easy to drive the 20+ miles from the East to the West entrance (or vice versa), but expect to stop every 5 min to take a photo! We liked the following hikes (listed easiest to most difficult): Canyon Rim Trail right from the Visitor's Center, Alcove Nature Trail (don't let the name fool you . . . . wait til... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Along with the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, this is one of places that should be on everyone's "must see" list. The monument offers one tremendous photo opportunity after another. If possible, I would come into the monument from the southern end so that you can get a motel when you leave. All the driving can be wearing. The southern... More 

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Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful National Park. I've never been to the Grand Canyon, so I took the opportunity to visit here as I was passing through. The park is very large. It took me about 1.5 hours to drive it from end-to-end. The views are amazing. The drive can be tense as there are hardly any guardrails on the windy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Stunning, even on a cold, mostly foggy day. Ranger Jonas was very friendly and helpful in the Visitors' Center. We stayed to hear a presentation on cacti, while waiting for the fog to lift. We were rewarded by it clearly here and there while driving down the road. Whetted our appetites to come back and explore more when it's sunny... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Colorado National Monument has some features similar to what you will see in the parks of the Grand Circle. These beautiful rock features and vistas will take your breath away. Situated just outside of Grand Junction, the monument is convenient to get to, and perfect for those who don't want to hike. There are many brief walks that will... More 

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somewhere in oregon usa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Beautiful park. Lots of hiking and views really well maintained. Who needs Moab after seeing this. Next year, we are skipping Moab and spending the week here.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Colorado National Monument is one of the most incredible viewing and driving experiences in western Colorado. It is really a national park, so have your national park pass available. The drive is a lot of switchbacks with a lot of turnouts for viewing. Beautiful red rock views with the Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa in the background. If you love... More 

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Ohio
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Colorado National Monument is located along one long drive near I-70 between Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado. Views include spectacular: fine overlooks, canyons, pillars of rock, red cliffs, buttes, tan petrified sand dunes, deep valleys and canyons, lots of dramatic drop-offs. The Monument has picnic and camping areas, primitive and flush toilets at different spots. The monument is right up... More 

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Austin, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We were on our way to Arches National Park from Denver and made Grand Junction a stop point because of this place. We are so glad that we did it! All the good reviews on TA is correct. We had only one afternoon so we skipped all the trails but stopped at almost all the outlooks. They were so accessible... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We thoroughly enjoy driving through the monument when we go to the Grand Junction area. The vistas are excellent. The drive is short, but we are always surprised at how beautiful the landscape is.

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