Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day trip to Colorado National Monument

Only about 70 miles north of Montrose is the largest city of the Rocky Mountains “Western Slope,” Grand Junction.  The city is surrounded by 2 large plateaus that signal the end of the Utah red rock canyons and start of the Rocky Mountains.

I had always just skipped a visit to this park as the red rocks of Moab a couple hours West are certainly much more impressive, but now that I had a free day, it was time to check out Colorado National Monument!   The park consists mainly of a 20-mile road that rides along the rim of several sandstone canyons carved into the western plateau overlooking Grand Junction.

It was a great visual change of pace from the San Juans, and a fun way to spend the day!


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