Colorado Monument

(Fruita to Grand Junction CO)
A place I wanted to visit, for a long time, was the Colorado National Monument. The Visitor Center explained the terrain, the geology, how the road was built, and the features of the park. The drive in was a rather steep incline with several switchbacks, rising over 2,000 feet above the valley to a summit of 6,479ft.

Colorado Natl Monument

Colorado National Monument

Although there were many trails to hike, I just drove the main Rim Rock road and stopped at the viewpoints to see the deep canyons, tall cliffs, and varied rock formations. Each named overlook had a parking lot, and special features to see.

Colorado Natl Monument

Independence Monument

Colorado Natl Monument

Saddlehorn

Colorado Natl Monument

Grand View

Picnic areas, cycling, campground, backcountry hiking and camping (with permit) were available. Wildlife like bobcats, mule deer, mountain lions, coyotes, desert bighorns, and smaller critters live within the park. Of course, to have a chance of seeing any of those would have required hiking a backcountry trail.

Colorado Natl Monument

Coke Ovens

Colorado Natl Monument

Artists Point

Colorado Natl Monument

Upper Ute Canyon

I didn’t have a favorite overlook, as they were all pretty amazing. These shots are only a few of the views observed. Being down in the canyons would have shown how massive were these cliffs. It really was a very impressive place.

Colorado Natl Monument

Ute Canyon

Colorado Natl Monument

Red Canyon

Colorado Natl Monument

Cold Shivers Point

After my drive through the monument, I headed for higher elevation in order to get cooler camping options. I found a pretty nice boondocking spot south of Blue Mesa Reservoir at 8,924ft.

Camp: Carpenter Ridge-BLM boondock
Scene: Canyons, rock formations

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2 Responses to Colorado Monument

  1. Barney Ward October 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    More well done pictures of neat locations. Thank you.

    • Pleinguy October 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      I’m happy that you liked the photos, Barney.

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