We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful and peaceful”

Colorado National Monument
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Fruita
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Connecticut
Level Contributor
314 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Beautiful and peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We really enjoyed this monument. Beautiful scenery. Lovely views around every turn. It was so pleasant to be here on a holiday weekend and the monument was not overrun with rude foreign tourists.

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank 2462skiing
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,241 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,041
    175
    23
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Columbia, Maryland
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Visit Colorado National Monument!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Colorado National Monument is a beautiful site of sandstone cliffs and valleys. It is much more than a National Monument. It should be a National Park! If you drive east or west on I-70 between the famous national parks, consider spending half a day at Colorado National Monument, which is much more peaceful and just as beautiful as the national parks.

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank morssl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if in the area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
2 Thank Wagandsmile
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Minneapolis
Level Contributor
133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

There are stunning views and a variety of trails. There are fascinating rock formations and beautiful canyons. It is a must for any tour of western Colorado.

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank CletusMinneapolis
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ogden, Utah
Level Contributor
553 reviews
216 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Great view of 4 big horn sheep”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

I live in Utah, and have been all over the red rock country. This country was just as spectacular as some of the national parks in Utah. If you are lucky enough to have a senior pass, free. If not, $10 per car. The visitor center had two very intersting movies. We stopped at all the suggested pull outs. We saw 4 big horn sheep at the grand view look out on the other side of the road on a cliff that was quite close.

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
Thank Patty W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Colorado National Monument also viewed

Grand Junction, CO
Colorado, United States
 

Been to Colorado National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing