Colorado National Monument

Description

Within the beautifully rugged Western landscape, this 32-square-mile area, a national monument since 1911, is characterized by soaring rock sculptures; expansive plateaus; and deep canyons, whose walls have a vivid palette of purples, oranges, and browns. Long nibbled by runoff waters, wind, and lichen acids, the rocks have assumed mesmerizing shapes over the course of billions of years: domes, arches, and spires, to name a few.

From 16 overlooks along the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive, you can view far-off valleys, peer down into the brightly colored canyons, and see all manner of wildlife—from bighorn sheep and bobcats to rattlesnakes and collard lizards. Don’t miss the intriguing Kissing Couple rock sculpture, the Independence Monument, or the rounded sandstone domes known as the Coke Oven monoliths.

You can hike, bike, or cross-country ski along 40 miles of trails, ranging in length from less than a mile to 14 miles. One of the more popular options is Liberty Cap Trail, whose sloping path takes you through forest and across sagebrush flats on Monument Mesa.

Address

1750 Rim Rock Dr.
Fruita, Colorado 81521

Lat/Long

39.04367800, -108.68301400

Open Hours

Visitors Center: Daily 8--6.
Visit Website
(970) 858-3617

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