I can't tell why this is called a monument and not a park. It is a great place to visit and there are several trails for hiking. We entered through the Fruita entrance which I recommend, this way you can stop by the visitor center earlier, 4 miles from Fruita entrance 19 miles from GJ entrance. The visitor center has two videos available, we watched the one that showed the geologic history of the area and was well worth the 12 minutes, especially for my 10 year old daughter. The visitor center has a H2O bottle refill station. We spent almost 4 hours driving from the Fruita entrance to the Grand Junction entrance. We stopped at EVERY pull off and did a couple of short hikes. Could get through much quicker but could also could take longer if you did the longer trails. There was very little traffic, my guess is this is an under visited spot. Not to be missed if you are in the area. A highlight for my daughter was seeing the desert big horn. Enjoy.
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