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Colorado National Monument

1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521
+1 970-858-3617
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Scenic Rim Rock Drive offers great views

I first visited this place in the late 1980s, and it was one of my first times to experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dmarkwind
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Kansas City, Missouri
Beautiful State Park!

Had never been to Grand Junction before, and the weather was unseasonably warm. This is a nice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sonja j
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Virden, Illinois
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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, Colorado.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“grand junction” (335 reviews)
“visitor center” (132 reviews)
“rock formations” (77 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521
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"rim rock drive"
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"east entrance"
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"mini grand canyon"
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"mile drive"
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"pull offs"
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"hiking trails"
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"big horn sheep"
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"great drive"
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"breathtaking views"
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"awe inspiring"
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"take pictures"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I first visited this place in the late 1980s, and it was one of my first times to experience western landscapes. I’m glad I finally made it back for another visit! This 20,500-acre park features sheer-walled canyons cut deep into sandstone and granite. This is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had never been to Grand Junction before, and the weather was unseasonably warm. This is a nice state park to visit if you are an out of shape midwesterner and want to see some beautiful landscapes. It seems daunting, but you can actually just walk...More

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Arlene J, Public Relations Manager at Colorado National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy you enjoyed Colorado National Monument. Thanks also for the safety tip about bringing extra water. That is so important in this area. One small correction, Colorado National Monument is a federal area. It is administered by the Department of Interior, National...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cannot explain in words how awesome and peaceful this place is. Monument Valley has been and will probably always be such a tremendous place to visit. If you haven't ever seen it in person... go!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous experience, beauty abounds and the photography opportunities are endless and ever changing. This is a little known gem that is easily accessible and always delivers. Big Horn Sheep, birding, colors and shapes of the landscape make for a rewarding experience every...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I take a lap top and a scary or romantic movie and go on the monument with a blanket and chairs and watch under the stars together. It's a must do twist on a romantic movie night.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One beautiful place. Easy access off Interstate 70, road is maintained regularly as the small village of Glade Park is several miles up the road from the park entrance.If you go in the summer, check with the Glade Park General Store, sort of a community...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

The drive through the Colorado Monument area is breathtaking. The canyons, the canyon walls, the massive boulders, the colors, the trails, the vistas—- it’s American beauty at its finest. I spent more time nearer opposite the Fruita area and hiked the trails near Devils Kitchen....More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Following a medical trip to Grand Junction, we decided to drive through the Colorado National Monument on our way home to Durango. I didn't know much about it so I thought it might only merit an hour or so. As it turns out, the "monument"...More

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Reviewed December 19, 2017

Just the other side of I-70 opposite the town of Fruita is a stunning vista from the top of the rim road in the Monument park. To get there follow the signs and pass through the Ranger station to pay your entrance fee. Take an...More

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Reviewed December 19, 2017

We nailed a wonderful weather window in Colorado and enjoyed an absolutely beautiful drive through the uncrowded monument.

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mommywest
February 9, 2018|
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Response from bobvacation2063 | Reviewed this property |
Couldn't give you a very good answer. I've been in the area 1st part of April and it was very nice, comfortable, no problems and another time it snowed some. I know that really helps. Sorry.
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radiorad
October 4, 2017|
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Response from petah | Reviewed this property |
I think people gave excellent answers to your query. It does draw many visitors in the summer months so parking may be at a premium, especially in the pull-outs. One other note: there are both east and west entrances and... More
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JudyJ41
August 29, 2017|
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Response from Livingthedream999 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. You could probably google it.
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