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Colorado National Monument

1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521
+1 970-858-3617
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An Amazing Site

I have visited this National Monument on two occasions and I am so amazed at the formations of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Janice T
Beautiful drive

Beautiful drive through the Colorado National Monument. Rocks were very colorful. Several places to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dorothy H
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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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.
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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“visitor center” (125 reviews)
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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 yesterday

I have visited this National Monument on two occasions and I am so amazed at the formations of the beautiful red rocks. Having a large fear of heights makes it difficult for me to enjoy this the way some people do, but I can stand...More

Thank Janice T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful drive through the Colorado National Monument. Rocks were very colorful. Several places to pull off and get out of your car to enjoy the view and walk short distances. North end is more colorful than the south end. South end has a place to...More

Thank Dorothy H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Did a solo getaway mid week. Traffic was light and plenty of parking along the route. Go mid week if you can! Take your time and get out and take pictures and just spend a few minutes soaking it all in. Incredible views and can't...More

Thank Fred M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Pay the $15 and enjoy the drive thru Rim Rock Drive. I think I spent about 2 hours total from the Fruita gate to the Grand Junction gate, parking along the vista points. The visitor center tells the story of area and has modest worthwhile...More

Thank former_RX
Reviewed 5 days ago

Definitely a must see if you're in the area. I thought I would just drive through but I couldn't help but stop every mile to look in awe. There is only place to stop for a rest room on the north side of the park....More

Thank RICK S
Reviewed 6 days ago

New one for us National Park groupies The climbs were great but you cannot beat the sunrise and the play of colors on the rocks were spectacular. Right off 70 and and can be a quick excursion out of Grand Junction and just over an...More

Thank Dano B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be in a hurry to get through this park. There are a lot of pull-outs and roadside parking places that have interesting views and markers describing the history and geology of what can be seen at every turn - and there are a lot...More

Thank George A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful park that's worth the drive whether you're staying in Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita or anywhere nearby. There is great day hiking along many trails at the southern end of the park. We tried out a few out and back trails only a few...More

Thank Jack M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic and Endless places to hike with breathtaking views. Our favorite is the hike to Independent Rock. My husband likes to hike it twice a week. Often we see the Rocky mountain sheep and the darling little babies.

Thank Debbie F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a lovely day near the end of September, temperature a rather cool 10-20C. We did the classic 5 pitch Ottos route which went at 5.9 (but felt like 5.10b). When Ranger Otto did it 100y ago he made steel rods and hammered them into...More

Thank Kevin P
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5 October 2017|
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Response from petah | Reviewed this property |
I think people gave excellent answers to your query. It does draw many visitors in the summer months so parking may be at a premium, especially in the pull-outs. One other note: there are both east and west entrances and... More
30 August 2017|
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Response from Livingthedream999 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. You could probably google it.
Valori H
17 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.