Welcome to Colorado National Monument

These canyons rise from the Uncompahgre Uplift of the Colorado Plateau, 2000ft above the Grand Valley of the Colorado River, to reveal a stunning view. The twinkling lights of Grand Junction, the green strip of the Colorado River, the black ribbon of I-70, the tree-lined farm fields of the Grand Valley – these are all far below, together a memorable juxtaposition of Colorado’s ancient geological past and modern present.

Once dinosaur country, this 32-sq-mile scenic wonder is one of the most rewarding side trips possible from an interstate highway, well worth a detour by car but even better for backcountry exploration. Open all year, the Colorado National Monument is an exceptional area for hiking, camping and road biking.

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