Colorado National Monument

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The high desert of the Colorado Plateau is on full display within the park, with sandstone canyons made of layers of Entrada, Wingate, and Kayenta sandstone. The Monument offers a condensed version of the sandstone country that is characteristic of the Colorado Plateau, wide vistas of the red rock sandstone, with deeply sculpted canyons with tower like formations. Rimrock Drive skirts the many canyons within the Monument. This 23 mile auto tour route through the Monument gives visitors dramatic vistas which serve to showcase the park, with 19 viewpoints along the drive. The drive skirts the four main canyons of the park, witnessing the erosion from the Uncompahgre Plateau.

A wide variety of wildlife can be seen in the Monument, including, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, ravens, jays, desert bighorn sheep, and coyotes.

Location: near the City of Grand Junction in Mesa County.

Zone :  20, 533 acres.

Driving: westbound on Highway 70 towards Grand Junction, Exit 31 (Horizon Drive) Eastbound on Highway 70, use Exit 19 (Fruita) turning south on Highway 340 to the West Entrance. Highway 50 from Montrose follow Highway 50, which becomes Hwy 6 & 50 to 1st Street, going north on 1st Street to Highway 340 (which is Broadway) travel west until directed to the park entrance.

Saddlehorn Campground open year round. The canpground is the only established campground in the park, with 80 sites, sitting on a high bluff overlooking the Mesa Valley. The A Loop is open your-round on a first come, first served basis. The B Loop is reservable through the website, or by calling 877-444-6777. Group camping is available for 15 or more campers, to make a reservation, call the Monument, 970-858-3617, x 300. Within the Saddlehorn Campground there are a limited number of pull-through sites, and an RV length restriction of 40 feet. There are no electrical hookups or showers; restrooms have flush toilets with water being available during the summer season.

camping, hiking, horseback riding, road biking on Rim Drive, scenic drives, the visitor center, spectacular views of the Grand Valley, the Book Cliffs, and the Grand Mesa to the east.

National Monument Map

Saddlehorn Campground Map

Canyon Rim & Window Rock Trail