Overview

Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument includes iconic western landscape punctuated by towering monoliths, deep, sheer-walled canyons and other interesting rock formations.The 23-mile Rim Rock Drive winds through the monument and offers access to redrock canyons and glorious scenic views. The road showcases the essence of the monument. During winter it may be temporarily closed because of snow and ice.

The Saddlehorn Visitor Center is located along Rim Rock Drive. So is the campground, 19 signed viewpoints, and 14 hiking trails. Trails range from short and  easy to strenuous backcountry treks.

Wildlife is abundant within the national monument area. Desert bighorn sheep are sometimes seen on the canyon rims. Mule deer can be seen anywhere in the area. Golden eagles make their home here and are occasionally seen soaring in the clear blue sky.

Key Attractions

  • Popular activities here include auto touring, sightseeing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, picnicking, and ranger-led programs (the Saddlehorn Campground is open year-round)

  • Over 40 miles of maintained trails for visitors

  • Abundant and varied wildlife, such as desert bighorn sheep and collard lizards

  • Visitor Center - learn about current conditions and special activities

Location

The monument is located near Grand Junction, in southwestern Colorado. Located south of Fruita, CO, just off I-70 at exit 19 is the north entrance. The east entrance is located west of Grand Junction, CO, just off Hwy 340 at the exit onto Monument Road which travels south approximately five miles to the east entrance.

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