"Like the Little Grand CAnyon" Colorado National Monument by BruceDunning

Colorado National Monument Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 94 photos

Colorful and big and rugged

This is a wonderful place that is not well publicized. The overall preserved area is 225 miles that includes the adjacent NCA (Conservation Area) of McInnis/Black Ridge. The Colorado Monument itself is 32 square miles. The CCC carved out the main road in the 1930's-all 23 miles mostly with rudimentary hand tools.
The hikes are as difficult as many other parks out in this rugged and remote regions of the desert west. I at least found that so. I hiked one day 12 miles, and that exhausted an old guy like me.

Entrance to the Rock Crest behind

This entrance is off the back way in from the town, instead of off I-70 and onto Hwy 340 from the north. It is easier to get to the park form there, and then loop around to come out the north side.

Long road through the park

The main road through the park is Rim Rock Drive, a 23 mile drive end to end. Many trails (14 total) and overlook vistas (11) are available through the drive. From the town center take Monument Road to Rim Rock Dr and enter from south, or Hwy 340 from the north. This abuts the BLM McMinnis CAnyon for those more adventuresome. It is rugged back country driving, and difficult hikes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The park is not as crowded as some others and lively
  • Cons:The hikes can be rigerous and demanding on the novice
  • In a nutshell:This is a serene and peaceful place to hike and enjoy
  • Last visit to Colorado National Monument: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    Love this type of National Park scenery!

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    This monument certainly isn't well publicized. I lived in Colorado a number of years, and haven't even heard about this area of the state. It was an interesting read. Thanks! :-)

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    God's country, indeed! Fantastic photos! Grazie!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    This is a gorgeous little area. A beginning for what is to come as one makes their way further west!

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    thanks for stopping by . oh, this bring back great memories of COlorado national monument ..great place!! U.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Excellent tips about a beautiful area. Great descriptions and outstanding photographs to match.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    What a beautiful place. Colorado has to be one of the prettist states. I know it am fond of her. Nice page!


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