Colorado

Trip to the Colorado National Monument

Riding along the edge of the plateau

Petr Liška
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Trip to the Colorado National Monument
Inserted: 21.01.2019
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At the larger town of Grand Junction, located in the Colorado River Valley, you will find an interesting protected area – the Colorado National Monument. The plateau is terminated by a number of canyons and interesting rock formations. The most famous part is the north of the protected area with Monument Canyon. There are hiking trails, but most visitors explore the area thanks to the Rim Rock Drive scenic road

Colorado Monument from below

Rim Rock Drive crosses the entire national monument from east to west. The area has two entrances East (Grand Junction) Entrance and West (Fruita) Entrance. We found it better to go from east to west, so the best was in the end, but of course it depends where you continue

Colorado Monument from below
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Dogs Tooth - Dog tooth

The road rises from the Colorado Valley up to the plateau. The place with several serpentines is called Dogs Tooth

Dogs Tooth - Dog tooth
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Cold Shivers Point

The first „official“ viewpoint is Cold Shivers Point over Columbus Canyon

Cold Shivers Point
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Columbus Canyon

The first canyon you will pass – Columbus Canyon – compared to other canyons in the American West – is not so interesting

Columbus Canyon
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Red Canyon Overlook Panorama

Another prospect – Red Canyon Overlook – is much better. In general, however, the local canyons are not very dramatic in themselves. The rock formations at their edges are especially interesting

Red Canyon Overlook Panorama
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Rock formations from Red Canyon Overlook

Due to erosion, several interesting rock towers were built here

Rock formations from Red Canyon Overlook
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Upper Ute Canyon Overlook

There is also a hiking trail through Ute Canyon – no shade and no sunburst – it must be a tiring trail

Upper Ute Canyon Overlook
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Coke Ovens Overlook

We get to the western part of the protected area, which is located around the Monument Canyon. This is the most interesting thing

Coke Ovens Overlook
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Monument Canyon View

Monument Canyon View is an absolutely great view of the rock towers

Monument Canyon View
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Grand View

A little further on is probably the most famous Grand View

Grand View
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Rock towers from Grand View

The Kissing Couple formation is one of the most famous rock towers

Rock towers from Grand View
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Independence Monument View

The rock tower of the Independence monument, definitely lives up to its name. Then there are a few more, not so good prospects before you go back to the Colorado River. The whole scenic road is over 40 kilometers

Independence Monument View
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