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Summer vacation 2017

This National Monument/Park is so under rated. Great drive on the scenic roads thru the park. Great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
fwcsportnut
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Rowlett, Texas
Lovely Rim Drive

A relatively small national park with a lovely rim drive that can be done fairly quickly if you are... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
chivestravels
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Hudson River Valley, New York
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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.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“grand junction” (306 reviews)
“visitor center” (115 reviews)
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Fruita, CO
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This National Monument/Park is so under rated. Great drive on the scenic roads thru the park. Great views from the scenic overviews. This is a must see and drive if your planning a trip.

Thank fwcsportnut
Reviewed 4 days ago

A relatively small national park with a lovely rim drive that can be done fairly quickly if you are short on time. Right next to Grand Junction, you can drive the 23 mile rim drive (with lots of curves) in an hour plus stops. The...More

Thank chivestravels
Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove the Colorado National Monument from one end to the other. It was roughly 25 miles of great scenery and white-knuckle driving (we were in a RV). You get very close to whatever you want to see...sometimes a little too close. I think it...More

1  Thank huffmb
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Been coming to visit this place since I was a kid and it never gets old. The views from up top, and along the entire drive, are amazing. This place gives you a real feel for the desert and is something the whole family can...More

Thank mclainh2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying in Grand Junction, Colorado and had time to visit the Colorado National Monument. Like so many of the nations monuments it was well worth the time. The entrance to the monument is less than a half hour from Grand Junction and how...More

Thank ROSS B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove from the Fruita entrance to Grand Junction. Beautiful! well worth stopping at most if not all of the points of interest mentioned on the map from the park ranger. Did a few "hikes" / walks from the turn outs but wind was a...More

1  Thank Kim S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the time to drive through point to point and choose the trails you're up for. Some are barely walks with great views, some are all day adventures. You can't go wrong. Staggeringly beautiful and not crowded at all.

Thank ALLSLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I drove through the Colorado National Monument on our way from Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT. The drive was amazing. There were stunning views everywhere, and enough observation points that we could stop and enjoy. This was originally a "throw in"...More

Thank Chuck P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular views of rock formations. Rim drive accommodates anyone from barely able to walk to seasoned hikers. Not to be missed.

Thank Barbara n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Certainly lived up to its reputation as being one of the top scenic drives in the USA. 23 miles long taking about 2 hours if you stop at all the pull offs. Not for the faint of heart though due to sheer drop offs while...More

Thank John R
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Jason S
What time of year is best to visit Colorado national Monument? Would the middle of June simply be much too hot?
21 April 2017|
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Response from Roman P | Reviewed this property |
From my experience, I think that the best time for hiking is end of March(if there is no snow), April and May. June may be too hot. It depends of individual preferences. If you want to take a car ride it should be good in... More
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alwweb
We have a NP pass, so we thought we would take the extra time and drive through on our way west. Depending on traffic and how early we get started, we may only be able to stop at a couple of lookouts OR the Visitor Center. Which lookouts would be the best of the best? If timing is on our side, which short (.5 miles or less) would be best? Would it be better to see and the visitor center and skip a couple of overlooks? We have been tor Grand Canyon, Zion's, Arches, Canyon Lands, and more, so this won't be new to us, but I've heard such amazing things, I can't imagine driving past again, but not through,
11 August 2016|
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Response from Lynn D | Reviewed this property |
i always stop at the visitors center because I have a passport book and want the stamp. also can ask rangers questions like you have - best places to stop. I had time, so I came in the east entrance (Grand Junction) and... More
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Maryrose45
Hi, do we have to book for tent camping, and do we have to camp in a 'proper' campsite, or are we able to camp 'anywhere' . Thankyou.
25 July 2016|
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Response from Karen D | Reviewed this property |
There are 3 camping loops available in the Saddlehorn Campground, allowing for groups, tents, campers and other vehicles. We camped this week on 3 different days without reservations. Kids are back in school, but... More
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