Monitor and Merriamac Rock Formations

Monitor and Merriamac Rock Formations

Monitor and Merriamac Rock Formations
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Linds1
Ann Arbor1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The trail is great, rather intermediate in terms of slickrock biking, but nice scenery for mtn biking. My boyfriend and I actually ran into 5-6 bears in the wash on the way out. We had come around a corner of shrubs (most of this area doesn't have much green vegetation) and were about 30-40 ft from them. One stood up on its rear legs and hovered from side-to-side at my boyfriend and we definitely caught the others' attention. We had to turn around and head out by re-tracing our steps (not so easy to get out of one of those deep, red, sandy washes while pushing a bike and trying to run) We semi-retraced our steps and hauled around the slickrock edge of the butte and made it back to the cars within an hour. They warn you about mtn. lions and snakes, but not so much bears. We were both terrified, but made it out alive! Not sure if I'd go back on this trail again...
Written October 15, 2006
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Beverly c
Centennial, CO6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
The Monitor and Merrimac Trail was almost deserted during our spring break vacation. The hardest part about it was having to get off our bikes and walk in places where the sand was too deep. Beautiful views of the vistas and LaSal Mountains.
Written March 22, 2014
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pmc
Atlanta, GA21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
This was the first stop of our visit in Canyonlands. We only ventured a few feet onto the trail and the views were great.
Written May 12, 2012
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jules_travel55857
Fort Worth, TX62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We just did this trail a few days ago. It seems some heavy rains had been through recently and washed out a lot of the trail and we had to walk our bicycles about 1 mile through thick sands and eroded trail. Once on the slickrock the trail was well marked but there were many before we got to the slickrock times we got lost because of unclear trail marking. The trail also took us out at the wrong spot from where we began and we had to figure out how to get back to our car. Not a fun prospect for folks from out of town. It's a very pretty trail but not for biking unless better maintained. We did not have a fun experience on this trail.
Written October 12, 2014
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
One of the first things you will see on your drive into and last thing out of Canyonlands National Park is the Monitor and Merriamac Rocks, and really one of the first formations you see approaching Moab from the I-70. Much of this land really first viewed and settled in the aftermath of the Civil War so these formations really looked like the modern ironclads in stone floating on the sandy sea. One is very small for the Monitor of the Union and the other is twice the size like the Merriamac (Virginia) of the Confederacy. There are multiple spots from which you can view the formations. There are simply cool to see these twin buttes rising from the flat land.
Written June 4, 2023
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Rocks_road
Bothell, WA1,381 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I rated this average in the context of all the other buttes in the area. There are so many great geological wonders. These two just happen to look a little like the Monitor and Merrimac(k). It's a great excuse to stop and take a picture.
Written April 18, 2019
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mrt1955
Healdsburg, CA947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
These are super impressive. Not a place to plan your day around but an absolute MUST stop to take a photo or two!
Written October 30, 2018
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TravelingDeacon
Dothan, AL723 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
It's a beautiful view here at sunrise or sunset. Otherwise it's just a road side stop to see the Monitor and Merrimack buttes. They are beautiful and easily worth the quick roadside stop.
Written May 27, 2017
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MsNats
Salt Lake City, UT307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
We had only a short time in Canyonlands. This view area is the first one on the drive to other hikes in the park. And one not to be missed.

It is a short walk to see them.
Written June 12, 2016
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Paul B
Gallant, AL241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Great parking spot for hiking and viewing with restroom facility. We loved this spot as it provided viewing of a vast amount of the area.
Written April 28, 2016
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