Colorado National Monument

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The high desert of the Colorado Plateau is fully exposed in the park, with sandstone canyons composed of sandstone layers of Entrada, Wingate and Kayenta. The Monument offers a condensed version of the country sandstone which is characteristic of the Plateau of Colorado, wide view on the sandstone of the Red rock, with deeply carved canyons with tower as formations. Rimrock Promenade runs along the numerous canyons in the Monument. This itinerary of Tour auto 23000 through the Monument offers visitors spectacular panoramas that serve to highlight the park, with 19 points of view along the road. The road runs along the four main canyons of the park, witnessing the erosion of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

A wide variety of wildlife can be seen in the Monument, including the Red-tailed hawk, Eagles, crows, jays, desert sheep and coyotes.

Location: Near the city of Grand Junction, Mesa County.

Area:  20, 533 acres.

Driving:  West on Highway 70 direction Grand Junction, Exit 31 (Horizon Drive) east on Highway 70, use Exit 19 (Fruita) turn south on Route 340 to the west entrance. Montrose Highway 50 Follow Highway 50, which becomes Highway 6 & 50 at 1 St Street, VA on 1 St Street North Highway 340 (which is Broadway) west travel up to the entrance to the park.

Saddlehorn Campground Open all year round. The Canpground is the only campground established in the park, with 80 sites, sitting on a high cliff overlooking the Mesa Valley. Line A is open, your turn-first come, first served. Loop B is reservable via the Recreation.gov website or by calling 877-444-6777. Group Camping is available for 15 or more campers, make a reservation, call the Monument, 970-858-3617, x 300. In the Saddlehorn campsite, there are a limited number of jetty sites and an RV length restriction of 40 feet. There are no electrical connections or showers; Toilets have flush toilets being available during the summer season.


Activities:
Camping, hiking, horseback riding, cycling on Rim Drive, Panoramics, the visitor Centre, a spectacular view of the Grand Valley, the Bookcliffs and the grand Mesa east of the road.

National Monument Map

Saddlehorn Campground Map

Canyon Rim & Window Rock Trail