"Colorado NM - Land of Plateaus & Canyons" Colorado National Monument by annk

Colorado National Monument Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 94 photos

Sharrie & I drove through Colorado NM on the way back to the airport in Grand Junction. The park is very nice with some outstanding vistas but paled in comparison to the dramatic landscapes and canyons of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse State Park in Utah. If you intend on visiting the Canyonlands area via Colorado I'd advise stopping by Colorado NM first, not last. It will leave a much greater impact. Essentially, I was canyoned out by day 6 but happy we made the stopover.

Established as a National Monument in 1911

Park Activities: Auto Tours, Biking, Hiking, Camping, Climbing, Horse-back Riding, Wildlife Viewing

Elevation: Average 6000 feet at the rim

Wildlife inhabitants: canyon wren, mule deer, desert cottontails, ground squirrels, chipmunks, coyotes, bighorn sheep, lizards, mountain lions, rattlesnakes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of hiking trails, canyons, vistas, close to interstate 70
  • Cons:Not as dramatic as Arches & Canyonlands NP's
  • Last visit to Colorado National Monument: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I agree with you that this is not the biggest attraction of beauty-but not bad. I hiked a bit, but not fully into the canyon, which is steep down/up. Your pictures and comments are very good

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Amazing tunnels. Great photo. We saw the Colorado National Monument from Grand Junction.

  • blue_sky04's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Nice page on Colorado NM. I like your photos as well. I'm thinking to visit Colorado on my next trip to US. Thank you for sharing the information!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2005 at 8:17 AM

    Some pretty impressive-looking sights here, even if you were disappointed a bit because of your trip itinerary! This whole area of the American west is somewhere I would love to spend some time!

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2004 at 1:00 PM

    Great photos & information on Colorado NM. You were very lucky not to get rained on, but it makes for great scenery! Thanks for sharing.

  • frank_delargy's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2004 at 10:38 AM

    Thanks for the comment on Great Sand Dunes. Your pages on Colorado Nat'l Monument really show it off well. We went there in August as well and were fortunate to be with the parks geologist, Bill Hood and his wife, a paleontologist.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2004 at 6:25 AM

    You had fortunate conditions. Sunlight behind you and slate clouds in the distance. . .great backdrops and information.


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