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Sep 14, 2018 - Devil's Kitchen area hikes

Friday, September 14: Colorado National Monument hiking trails near the East Entrance Weather: low 60sF and sunny in the morning, warming to low 90s with light breezes in the afternoon Route: Saddlehorn Campground → Rim Rock Drive (east) → Devil’s Kitchen & Serpent’s Trail → Corkscrew Trailhead → Fruita → Rim Rock Drive (west) → Saddlehorn Campground Highlights: - Today I opened my eyes before 6:00 to a sunrise glow on the eastern hills. Hubby had breakfast ready by the time there was enough light to see without a headlamp. I secured the...

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Sep 13, 2018 - Trails near Saddlehorn

Thursday, September 13: Hiking trails in the western section of Colorado NM Weather: low 60sF and sunny in the morning, warming to low 90s with light breezes in the afternoon Route: Saddlehorn Campground → Rim Rock Drive → Coke Ovens Trail, CCC Trail, Otto’s Trail → Visitor Center → Canyon Rim Walk, Bookcliff Overlook, Window Rock Trail → Saddlehorn Campground Highlights: - Last night was indeed so warm that we didn’t need to take the duvet sleeping bag out of its sack. A light breeze was blowing all night. Our plan was to hike most of the...

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Sep 12, 2018 - --> Colorado NM

Wednesday, September 12: Continuing the drive from Montrose to Colorado National Monument - When we returned from the Big Dominguez Canyon hike at 12:30 the car’s thermometer read 99F in the sun. Thank goodness for A/C!! As we drove back to US-50 on the gravel road the ‘real’ temperature was actually only 93F. - In Grand Junction we stopped at a City Market for another bag of ice and gas, then followed US-50W and then the signs for the Colorado National Monument, which directed us to the East Entrance (aka the back door). - Yet another...

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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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