Colorado National Monument, Fruita

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See desert land, canyons cut into sandstone, pinion and juniper forests, and wildlife at Colorado National Monument, which you can tour by car or bike, on horseback, or on foot. Hiking and biking trails range in length from 0.4 km (0.25 mi) to 23 km (14 mi), and the scenic drive stretches 37 km (23 mi) through the park. See Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. If you love hiking, go for the Monument Canyon trail--you can encounter wildlife, liquid mudflows, and tall rock formations, with names like Independence Monument and Kissing Couple. Don't forget your camera. Colorado National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Fruita Edition.
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  • We visited the end of June and were blown away by the beauty of it. Something different to see at every twist and turn in the road. I recommend taking lots of water and hiking shoes as there are plent...  more »
  • What a great display of landscape and wildlife. The trip through the Colorado National Monument is well worth the time spent. Fantastic rock formations and the occasional mountain goat or longhorn she...  more »
  • We entered the West gate and drove to the East gate. Paid $15 on way out as West gate was unattended. There is a different gorgeous view at every pull over. 23 mile drive is not scary like some mounta...  more »
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  • Definitely worth the trip. One and my friends and I rented a car just to visit this beautiful place and let me just say, it was worth every penny. It’s extremely accessible, has a ton of beautiful scenery, and great hiking spots. Unlike most parks, there’s a lot of stops you can make, I was actually impressed with how big it was as far as being super accessible by car. I’m not a big hiker, and it was relieving to find out that there was so many easy spots to venture out. Gift shop is nice, has a lot of interesting history and their employees were very kind. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area, hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to!
  • Very cool small national park! Just ten minutes from the Fruita exit. The road climbs steep and winds up onto the plateau on the south side of the Colorado river. The road follows the rim of the plateau about 20 miles with many look-out locations and short hikes out to other lookouts and interesting areas. Very cool sandstone towers and features. The trails, picnic area, parking lots and camping areas all seemed well kept. Low traffic for a national park. Not as much to see as other parks but would make a fun day and a half stay.
  • Beautiful! I am from here and if you want to get the kids off their phones and tablets plan a day here. Take a walk, have a picnic. Play hide and seek. Be careful though because there are cactus and cliffs. I've never seen any snakes but have seen a lot of tiny harmless lizards. Plenty of trails, long trails to hike. Enjoy :)
  • If you are a hiker, this is the place to go. Go to the east entry point and park in the Devil's Kitchen parking lot. There is an upper and lower lot, so don't become discouraged if the lower lot is full. Serpent's Trail is the most popular hike, followed by Devil's Kitchen. There are other trails to explore if you go to the Devil's Kitchen starting point. Once you get to the sandstone rock formations, make your own trail. Lots of rock scrambling opportunities to be had. You do pay an entry fee to get in, but it's good for seven days, so take advantage and explore, explore, explore!
  • If you are not from the Grand Junction area and find yourself here, this is one of the places you need to see before you leave. The views are incredible, there are signs at the pull off areas that provide basic information about what you're looking at and some history of the area. The visitors center has two free movies that begin on demand with lots of video of the monument and all the history. I've probably been over 100 times and still enjoy every trip, and see new things.

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