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Colorado National Monument

Fruita, CO
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Ranked #1 of 13 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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Beloit, Kansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Drove through here on our way to Moab, Utah. So glad we did.. Beautiful views. The road was narrow and steep. But worth the drive.. Would recommend to everyone

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I have been going here for over 55 years. It is one of my favorite places. This year, for the first time, I have seen Bighorn sheep here--several times! A great place to drive and just look, or to camp or hike. Best when it isn't quite so hot out, tho. I like to pick up dinner in town and... More

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Michigan
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129 reviews 129 reviews
45 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We pulled our 5th wheel. It was a gorgeous drive with plenty of pull outs that accommodated our extra size. The tunnels on the drive are tight but if you stay in the center there is plenty of head room. A real gem in the national park system.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place and I can't believe I haven't been here before. A gorgeous drive up the mesa with views of incredible rock formations and the canyon. i think this rivals the Grand Canyon for unique scenery. Soaring views, wild life and I imagine incredible star filled nights. We also did a few hikes. Well worth a trip.... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped on our way home to check out one more national park. This was worth our time. Very beautiful with lots of places to stop off and take a view of the vistas. Our children enjoyed Echo Canyon. Listening to their voices echo back to them was probably the highlight. If you have children make sure to obtain the... More

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed spending parts of multiple days hiking/driving here. Seeing the wildlife, petroglyphs, and nice trails made it worthwhile!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

At the time of this review, there are 15 people who said that Colorado Monument was average. I want to live their lives which apparently includes the gift of flight and invincibility and drinking angel's tears instead of water. This park is just 15 minutes from Grand Junction and is much closer than Grand Mesa if you don't have the... More

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Larkspur, Colorado
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35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was our second visit to the monument, beautiful place, very unique geology. We always check out the visitor center at every park and monument we visit, and this time we happened to catch part of the geology talk by the ranger at Independence Monument View. Even though I'm not really into geology, really enjoyed the ranger talk, he had... More

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Osceola, AR
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14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

"Color rojo".. means "color red".. which is how Colorado got its name. Few places clearly describes the State of Colorado as well as this monument. One could assume they are in Utah, with the canyons and rocks.. but the trees and the "redness" would give it away.. along with all the license plates. The visitor center at the northern part... More

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Bristol, New Hampshire, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was our second visit to the Monument, and we happened upon a ranger giving a lecture on the geological history of the area, which was fascinating. The views, the hairpin turns, the varied terrain were all worth experiencing again. On our first trip, four years ago, we also hiked some of the trails, which is something else to include... More

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