DescriptionColorado National Monument is reached from Fruita via I-70 exit 19 or Grand Junction via SR 340 (Broadway). This bold, big and brilliantly colored canyon country, with its towering and fascinating rock sculptures, covers 32 square miles of rugged terrain. Rim Rock Drive is one of the grandest scenic drives in the American West and offers both motorists and bicyclists access to 23 miles of breathtaking scenery. The drive also provides access to the visitor center and campground, several interpretive viewpoints and 14 hiking trails varying in length and difficulty.
It is a semi-desert landscape of pinyon pines and Utah juniper; low-growing plants and wildflowers grace the area in spring. Camping and picnicking areas, self-guiding nature trails and longer hiking paths are available. Back-country camping requires a permit, available free at the visitor center.
Allow 2 hours, 30 minutes minimum. Daily 24 hours. Closed Christmas. Entrance fee $10 per private vehicle or $5 per person arriving by other means (valid for 7 days). Camping $20. Phone (970) 858-3617.
Things to SeeSaddlehorn Visitor Center
Golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mule deer and mountain lions thrive in this area of red sandstone monoliths, deep-walled canyons, and juniper and pinyon pine forests.