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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 Edition.
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  • Our absolute favorite place on this trip!! Incredible views make sure to bring your camera and binoculars! Great hikes and a great drive. So much to see and May was incredible cool weather 
    Our absolute favorite place on this trip!! Incredible views make sure to bring your camera and binoculars! Great hikes and a great drive. So much to see and May was incredible cool weather  more »
  • A short drive from the town of Grand Junction, the scenic drive along the rim is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. We drove from east to west. There are countless places to stop... 
    A short drive from the town of Grand Junction, the scenic drive along the rim is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. We drove from east to west. There are countless places to stop...  more »
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  • A beautiful drive with lovely walks. Most short or reasonable. Good pull offs. We have been there when there were few visitors but imagine parking could be difficult when crowded. Nice visitor center with helpful rangers and volunteers. Great views from the pullouts of the monument but also the valley. Slow and the mountains around. Take the time to see this
  • This is an amazing place to go… The aw of Mother Nature. We went to the visitor center and they had an 18 minute video of how all the colors/layers came about. It showed about were Colorado was in the beginning of the movement of the continents to present day Colorado. It was so interesting. As a reminder they don’t sell anything to drink there, not bottled water,no pop, nothing. They do have a drinking fountain and a place you can fill you own water bottles. I would recommend bringing something like a picnic lunch cuz they don’t sell nothing to eat also. But they do have awesome picnic areas to have your lunch at.

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