As there are two listings for the Colorado National Monument, 1 for Fruita and 1 for Grand Junction, I'll split this review.
Fruita: We entered from this end. We enjoyed the visitors center, overlooks, and the short walks that we took at this, the western portion of the monument. We had moderately high expectations, and the monument met them.
Pluses: the visitors center, walks nearby, and overlooks at the western end of the monument.
Minuses: the variety of the views and walks. Diversity of scenery (nearby as well as long-distance) was somewhat limited. Of course, this is partly because the long-distance views are LONG DISTANCE so don't vary much from overlook to overlook. It might also partly be because we have spent a modest amount of time in this general environment (top of the Colorado Plateau) – in my case over 40 years.
Overall? This is a very nice national monument. IMHO the views and overall experience far exceeds that of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. While that area may be a world classic, it is also covered to such an extent that an actual visit does not exceed one's expectations (and may fall short of the hype). I rate the South Rim of the Grand Canyon a 3 for good on TA's scale. IMHO the views and overall experience are closer to, but not quite up to, those of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon – which is not hyped, and which is IMHO more dramatic as well as a better environment for reflection than is the South Rim. I rate the North Rim of the Grand Canyon a 5 for excellent on TA's scale. Comparing those, and other parks/monuments on the Colorado Plateau, I would have to place the western end of the Colorado National Monument at 4 for very good. Certainly nicer than the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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