On our last trip to Moab, Utah we decided to take a side trip through Colorado National Monument which is just outside of Grand Junction. We’ve driven by Grand Junction many times and stopped for dinner or lunch just off the freeway as we passed on by, but never really stopped to see Grand Junction before. Passing through the busy little community made me realize that Grand Junction is a beautiful small city on the western edge of the Colorado Rockies. A short distance from downtown Grand Junction is Colorado National Monument. [Read More Below]
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I’ve been traveling and photographing Colorado for many years now, but have never visited this destination in the National Park system. Entering the park and driving up the switchbacks to the top of the rim we fell in love with its beauty and splendor along the Rim Rock Drive as the sun began to set. Taking it slow as we drove into the sun, the road meanders along the edge of the rim with drop-offs of up to 500 feet and few guard rails. Stopping at many of the turnouts along the way gave us a chance to photograph one of Colorado’s hidden gems. The sandstone cliffs and huge monolithic spires rising up from the canyon floor is reminiscent of Monument Valley in Arizona but instead driving on the tops edges of the sandstone cliffs. Colorado National Monument was established 100 years ago in 1911 with the help of John Ottos outdoorsman and promoter of this Colorado natural wonder. We only spent an overnight visit at Saddlehorn campground, but then vowed we would return and explore more of this amazing natural wonder of Colorado’s endless beauty. So, if you’re in the Grand Junction area don’t forget to visit Colorado National Monument.