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Colorado National Monument

1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521
+1 970-858-3617
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We did not know anything about the Colorado National Monument, so when we passed through Fruita we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Leigh P
Fruitland Park, Florida
via mobile
Grand Junction chosen to view Arches and Canyonland National Parks: oops

Our first day of sightseeing in the Grand Junction area after our arrival on Amtrak was to drive... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Richard S
Jewell, Iowa
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This monument, 23,000 acres of canyons, plateaus and massive towers of naturally sculpted monoliths, includes Balance Rock, a 600-ton boulder perched on a rock pedestal. Two entrances are located outside the cities of Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521
+1 970-858-3617
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did not know anything about the Colorado National Monument, so when we passed through Fruita we decided to drive to it. We are towing a 30ft 5th wheel that is over 13 ft tall. The ranger at the entrance did not warn you of...More

Thank Leigh P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our first day of sightseeing in the Grand Junction area after our arrival on Amtrak was to drive the 23 miles road on top of the Colorado National Monument: then do the 'biggie' National Parks nearby in Utah. After our four day stay, perhaps the...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolutely gorgeous, amazing, incredible place. I don't know what else to say. You have to see it to believe it. Be sure to take some hikes as you get to see so much more, including herds of Bighorn Sheep.

2  Thank Julie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an awesome 29th wedding anniversary vacation trip we did on motorcycles. Awesome views, great places to stop, and plenty of wildlife. We plan to come back again, maybe camp out, our stay at a great BnB again. Well worth the trip.

Thank Raimond M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A 23-mile rim-rock road winds along the dissected red-rock highlands west of Grand Junction, ranging between about 4,500 feet and 6,500 feet altitude. Not as spectacular as other iconic parks in the American southwest, this National Monument has the advantage of being scenic enough and...More

Thank nedtraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

As noted by some reviewers, if you enter from the Grand Junction side the road climbs up sharply and has very deep and steep dropoffs with no guardrails. Wonderful views but you won't enjoy them as much if you have a fear of heights!

Thank PJM787
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a drive through of the main road stopping at many of the view points. Beautiful views of the spires and Junction Valley

Thank Ray R
Reviewed 1 week ago

At first I really didn't think that this would be much fun. Kind of threw it in to waste time driving from Glenwood Springs to Ouray but boy am I glad I did. Right after entering the park on the drive up we saw a...More

1  Thank pens1fan
Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive is amazing, the views are breathtaking and there are so many trails to hike and explore. You'll discover so many beautiful things on the Monument, whether you're there a couple of days or a few hours.

Thank Sweetnovember0524
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed taking it a bit easier on day 2 of our national parks trip. This is easy to drive with some stunning views. Also very cool place along the middle of the route to listen to your echo! We think we will try camping...More

Thank Stacey B
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Valori H
16 August 2017|
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Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
The drive thru CNM is easy and breath taking. You can control the amount of time you spend there.
30 June 2017|
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Response from OntarioCanuck1 | Reviewed this property |
If u google: Dogs are not allowed on any of the trails or in the backcountry at Colorado National Monument. They can only be walked in the campground area and a long paved roads. Still, even if you are traveling with pets... More
30 June 2017|
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Response from RB_Advisor | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs are allowed in the park. I saw signs indicating that they should remain on a leash, but I saw some that were not. But there were also signs at some of the trailheads that they should not be on the trails at all.