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 Edition.
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This is a place that does not require you to do anything but drive the road to enjoy. I travel with my Mom who doesn't hike much anymore, so were always on the look out for a good scenic drive and... more »
We stopped at the Colorado National Monument on our travels through the area. To be honest, we didn't realize it was a national park, and thought it really was just "a monument". Boy were we... more »
Incredible views. Nice curvy road a blast on the motorcycle. If your more ambitious you can bike up and over, very narrow road, most drivers anticipate and respect. But there's always that 1 be safe. Hiking trails for every level of fitness. Campground had excellent facilities and as of now it's only 22 bucks a car to camp plus entry fee. They honor federal land passes. Dogs only on paved trails is the only unfortunate thing, but understandable.
I was driving through Grand Junction on my way to Denver and at the last moment I decided to visit the Colorado National Monument. I'm incredibly glad that I did. It contains absolutely beautiful desert-like views. You can see the different layers of rock on the canyon walls. The colors of the rock layers combine with the green valley of Grand Junction and the blue sky to make spectacular contrasts. There is a park entry fee and there are some trails along the canyon that can be hiked. Be careful near the anyone edge.
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