Colorado National Monument

Southwest Colorado

A huge red rock mesa standing sentinel over the Grand Junction metropolis, the monument offers exceptional hiking, camping and road biking.

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Nearby Southwest Colorado attractions

1. Museum of Western Colorado

6.79 MILES

The most impressive of Grand Junction’s sites, this well-arranged museum is the largest in the region, featuring impressive multidisciplinary displays on…

2. Western Colorado Botanic Gardens


The Orchid Display is the jewel in the crown of this small community botanic gardens, which takes an hour to leisurely stroll through.

3. Dinosaur Journey


This small museum has a fantastic collection of scary animatronic dinos that snort steam and jerk around, bestial skeletons and interesting multimedia…

4. Carlson Vineyards

15.43 MILES

When the hunt for the state's fine wine leads to this pole building, your expectations might take quite a dip. But if Carlson's reds are nothing special,…

5. Sage Creations Organic Farm

16.02 MILES

Tour this organic farm and pick your own lavender from its gorgeous fields. The lavender eye pillows make great gifts. It also sells bags of juicy…

6. High Country Orchards

16.04 MILES

While campaigning for the 2008 presidential election, the Obamas picked up a box of peaches at this family-operated outfit. They grow fruit so succulent…

7. Colterris Winery at the Overlook

16.05 MILES

Sold in Colorado's finest restaurants, Colterris sits in a league of its own – as a sip of its earthy, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon confirms. The inviting…

8. Maison La Belle Vie Winery

16.53 MILES

Owner John Barbier is a gregarious oenophile of the most lovable sort and his 'House of Beautiful Life' produces some of the area's finest Cab, Syrah and…