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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
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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. Two entrances are located outside the cities of Fruita and Grand Junction...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We've visited the CNM several times - the canyons, cliffs, and colors always present a different experience. This time the weather was cold and rainy offering a unique pre-winter scene. The highlight of the one hour drive through the park was the sighting of a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to see many of the iconic rock formations of the west, you need to plan to drive thru this awe inspiring park. Give yourself at least half a day to take it in. Be on the lookout for the wildlife of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank PAboyinFL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Colorado National Monument is a fantastic piece of geography easily accessible to anyone passing through the area. The 23 mile drive along the high red rock rim is not to be missed. Be sure to get out of the car at a few of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breathtaking, wonderful, fantastic. Just awe og the views. Trails are amazement too. So get ready to walk biput they are all worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dheez
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did not know about this place until lunching in Fruita en-route to Moab 3 years ago our waitress told us about it and said we really should visit. We did not have time then but after reading about it online on our return home...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Silvertravelsurfer
Reviewed November 8, 2018

I hadn't been through the monument in years. Definitely worth the trip and time delay. We were driving from CO to Zion and decided to have a picnic here. Really beautiful and some nice hiking opportunities.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 337meg
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Colorado National Monument will not disappoint. Be sure to take time to stop and take a walk/hike and to stop at the visitor center. Such a gem here just moments from Grand Junction. Awesome experience.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank vmgarite
Reviewed November 6, 2018

My husband and I visited here for a couple of days in October. With the exception of the rain (which locals were loving, so how could I complain), the weather was great! We loved site-seeing and hiking in CNM! What a gem of nature! We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank fab04
Reviewed October 31, 2018

We enjoyed the pretty scenery and nice overlooks, but we got there in the afternoon and it was too hot to hike. I'm from the Chicago area and it it hard to find anyone who has even heard of this place but the red formations...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sonia S
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

This is not the first time for me - but every time, it takes my breath away. And the silence! The silence is just soothing. Some places, you want to sit down and spend an eternity contemplating. A word of advice: don't waste time trying...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 31, 2018|
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Response from Tomasz K | Reviewed this property |
Well, the best option is 1 year pass. You have a lot of National Parks around to “MUST SEE” 😃 enjoy!!!!
April 5, 2018|
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Response from leahb908 | Reviewed this property |
RV’s were allowed in when I was there recently. However, as the previous reviewer mentioned, you may find it challenging to park at some of the turnouts and trail heads simply because there are so few parking spaces. If... More
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March 21, 2018|
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Response from JaniceH357 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of. I did not see any tour buses but we were there in October. I would encourage you to contact the National Monument Tourist Information for assistance. Have a wonderful trip. We had a car and did a... More