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sign: Colorado National Monument

The two RV Gypsies at the
Colorado National Monument
August 21, 2012
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Entering Colorado National Monument Park

Colorado National Monument (locally referred to as The Monument) is a part of the National Park Service situated between Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado. Spectacular canyons cut deep into sandstone and even granite, among other rock formations in some areas. This is an area of desert land high on the Colorado Plateau, with pinion and juniper forests on the plateau.

There are magnificent views from the Rim Rock Drive, which winds along the plateau.

Its feature attraction is Monument Canyon, which runs the width of the park, and includes rock formations such as Independence Monument, the Kissing Couple, and Coke Ovens. The monument includes 20,500 acres (32 square miles), much of which has been recommended to Congress for designation as wilderness.

The area was established as Colorado National Monument on May 24, 1911.

 

Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking views. The road climbs from the Grand Valley of the Colorado River to the park's high-country, then winds along the plateau rim.

sign: Colorado National Monument
scenery on Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument
Lee Duquette taking photos at Colorado National Monument
big rocks at Colorado National Monument

A sharp corner, then a tunnel

a sharp corner at Colorado National Monument
between two big cliffs at Colorado National Monument
a tunnel at Colorado National Monument
a tunnel at Colorado National Monument
inside a tunnel at Colorado National Monument
 a grotto at Colorado National Monument
panorama at Colorado National Monument
scenery at Colorado National Monument
scenery at Colorado National Monument
panorama at Colorado National Monument

Cold Shivers Point - Elevation: 6,198 feet

Lee duquette at Cold Shivers Point
Cold Shivers Point - elevation 6,198 feet
Cold Shivers Point at Colorado National Monument
Cold Shivers Point at Colorado National Monument

Many parts of the road on Rim Rock Drive had sheer drops and no railing - SCARY!

a sheer drop off
scenery at Colorado National Monument
scenery at Colorado National Monument

Red Canyon Overlook

panorama of Red Canyon Overlook at Colorado National Monument
a valley at Red Canyon Overlook at Colorado National Monument
looking down at Red Valley Overlook
a view from the top of Red Canyon Overlook
a close-up

Page 2 of 5 - Ute Canyon Overlook, Upper Ute Canyon Overlook, and Fallen Rock