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Aug 31, 2017 - Colorado NM

Colorado National Monument is a National Park Service unit near the city of Grand Junction, Colorado. Spectacular canyons cut deep into sandstone, and even granite–gneiss–schist, rock formations. This is an area of desert land high on the Colorado Plateau, with pinion and juniper forests on the plateau. The park hosts a wide range of wildlife, including red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, ravens, jays, desert bighorn sheep, and coyotes. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, road bicycling, and scenic drives; a visitor center on the west...

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Oct 8, 2016 - Colorado National Monument

The Colorado National Monument is a system of red-rock canyons, steep cliffs, spires, and monoliths that is showcased by a 23 mile road built in the late 1930’s by the CCC. It is an incredibly scenic drive. It is a small area, which is why it is a monument and not a national park. I had never heard of it before, but now I would rate it as a "must see"! It’s in the same league with Bryce Canyon and some of the other national parks. The CNM is long and narrow, and the scenic drive covers most of it. In addition there are several hiking...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Colorado National Monument

Drive Began: Denver Temperature: 73 Roads Driven: I-70 Miles: 256 Hours: 5 Notable Cities/ Sights: Colorado National Monument Critters spotted: Desert cottontails, another Auggie favorite Drive Ended: Colorado National Monument Local food eaten: I think we finished our pulled pork sliders at camp. Beers in Cooler: Modelo? I don't remember buying beer in Colorado. We had breakfast with Darin's parents, stepparents, and brother. I don't recall a thing we ate, just that it was fun to talk to everyone. We also stopped at Bizo's to hug her and...

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May 23, 2016 - Colorado National Monument, Colorado

Our plan for the day is to visit Colorado National Monument. Truthfully, I am prepared to be disappointed. How can this compare to the scenery we have already seen? The entrance to the monument is two miles from the RV Park. The ranger tells us what to expect. “You will be driving the twenty-three mile Rim Rock Drive. I can best describe it as a drive along the rim of a mini Grand Canyon.” We climb for four miles to the visitor center. John is enjoying this. This may be a good day. The Rim Rock Drive is perfect for us. The weather is great...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Colorado National Monumnet

Here's what the NPS website says to introduce Colorado National Monument. We enjoyed it so much we rode it twice on the Harley - once each direction! "Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles."

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Sep 2, 2014 - Colorado National Monument

A great 23 mile drive. Colorado National Monument Wikipedia

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Aug 24, 2014 - At Colorado National Monument

Friday was a travel day, and we traveled to Fruita, Colorado. Just outside Fruita is Colorado National Monument, our next destination. Our original plan was to camp in the National Monument. That would have been what’s called “dry camping”—no water or electricity. However, after three days at Dinosaur National Monument without showers, we decided to stay at an RV park, where we have water, electricity, showers, laundry and wifi. Luxury! Linda and Jonathan are both feeling under the weather—both have colds and congestion. It’s been raining...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Grand Mesa and Black Canyon

Grand Mesa and Black Canyon Sept 27, 2013 – Today was a long day trip of about 250 miles of exploring in my car. We made a huge loop over the Grand Mesa which is east of Grand Junction and climbs to over 8000 feet. The top of it had a bit of snow on it which was very pretty, other than one section of the road that was untreated and had a nasty slope with no guard rails. From the peak you could see many miles over the valleys in every direction. The leaves had a bit of color but were still out-numbered by the green trees. Definitely a nice...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Grand Junction Colorado

Sept 25, 2013 - Grand Junction Colorado Since the plan to stay at the east end of Dinosaur NM was a bust I headed out to Grand Junction. It was a very interesting drive. Usually I look ahead on maps and Google Earth to see what's coming up. Today I just followed the best route the GPS(s) suggested (basically there was one road heading south). I hopped on route 139 which was listed as a “highway” and would take me all the way down to route 70 which was a interstate highway. This was a very long drive late in the day. The road was a two lane...

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Oct 29, 2011 - Scenic Rim Rock Drive

We had another fabulous day in Grand Junction, Colorado. If you could ever choose where to break down in an RV, this would be the place. :-) We are making the most of our time here. Today we drove the awesome scenic Rim Rock Drive in the Colorado National Monument. It is hard to describe all the breathtaking views. We saw towering monoliths, balanced rocks, and steep red-walled canyons and much more on this 23-mile drive that twist and turns around the park. It took us hours to stop and explore all the viewing areas. We were hoping to see...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Colorado National Monument

Since we were in Colorado, I decided to see Colorado National Monument (actually I needed to get back up to the inter-state and the monument was where the road I was on joined the inter-state). Colorado National Monument also allowed me to get my red rock fix. Colorado National Monument lives up to its Spanish name "colored red". The monument is a sculpted and eroded plateau which rises over 2,000 feet above the Colorado River in western Colorado. It reminds people of a mini-Grand Canyon with its red canyon cliffs and strange eroded rock...

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Oct 4, 2008 - Happy Anniversary to us!!

Today was a grey and gloomy day with an 80% chance of rain! But, it was also our anniversary and what better way for us to spend it than by visiting the Colorado National Monument. We've been here before and remembered it as a park that offered some stunning views of the surrounding towns and mountains. The 'long distance' views weren't as good today but the scenery within the park was just as fantastic as we remembered. It did start raining during our visit and is, in fact, still raining as I type this. Because of this we didn't do much...

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