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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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Fullerton, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We entered the park on Rim Rock Drive from the West (Fruita) Entrance and saw some really amazing sights. One of the first upon entry is the Balanced Rock. It's a huge boulder perched on a stone pedestal. Another sight is Independence Monument, a massive red sandstone tower, going up 450 feet. John Otto, who campaigned for the canyons to... More

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
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43 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The drive through Colorado National Monument is very nice and filled with scenic viewpoints from every angle! Well worth the short drive from the highway. The rock formations, and the beautiful colors is just awe-inspiring. Nothing like it in Colorado!

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Colorado
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Our group of eight geezers and geezettes both drove and hiked the Monument. The views were spectacular. It was after a rain so it was cool and the clouds were moving in and out providing for even better than usual photo opps. There is a variety level-of-challenge of trails providing great views and up-close inspection of the wildlife, the vegetation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It is heaven on earth, you can't help but to love it, gorgeous. There are so many stops to take pictures, you just can't get enough. The rock formations, the colors, fabulous. I went in the rain, I heard the colors stand out a lot when wet, I went in the rain, it was spectacular.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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46 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

What a gem for area residents! This natural monument is quickly and easily accessible for all in the Grand Valley, and it'll satisfy drivers, cyclists, bikers, hikers, and climbers alike. Yet, it's still relatively unknown to the masses. It's also perfect if you don't want to get too far away from city amenities but want to experience a desert canyon... More

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Broomfield, CO
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is way out of your way from anywhere to go see by itself. However, if you find yourself on I-70 in western Colorado and have never driven through the park - Do it! It does not take much time out of your journey to wherever else you might be going and you will absolutely enjoy it.

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Massachussetts
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We made a trip to this location when in Denver and driving to Moab, UT. East side entrance to National Mounument is in Grand City Junction. Enter at this location and drive thru and see various look out point, short or moderate hikes and exit the park at Fruita, CO. It does have visitor center but you will NOT get... More

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I need to get all my family members to put this route on this list! I frequently detour to see any canyon that is on the map - but this one has to be in the top 5 anywhere. Wow - I'm so glad we elected to take this ~1 to 1:30 route from Grand Junction to Fruita. Beautiful -... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It was a spectacular drive around this park, lots of stopping off places, fantastic views. We can see why it is called the Colorado National Monument. It takes about 2 hours to drive round. There are also some excellent trails to walk if it is not too hot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

DO NOT miss this work of God's creation ! Absolutely fantastic ! Make sure to pull over often and be careful of the bikers !

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