Blogs from Colorado National Monument, Colorado, United States, North America

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Thursday July 18 – Rim Rock Drive and back to Denver – I woke up early and although I tried to go back to sleep I was unable to do so and so finally go up. I really hated that as it meant that I would be tired for most of the day. So I drank a coke to get a little caffeine and sugar in my system and then loaded up my truck and headed out to drive the Rim Rock Drive. The Rim Rock Drive was awesome with lots of canyons and rock structures to see. It is fairly long however and with the constant weaving on switchbacks I started falling asleep. I kept on as there really was no place pull over and rest and then started getting really sleepy and so started ... read more
Fruita from my campground
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We set up camp as soon as we arrived and got on with the task of looking for firewood, basically anything dry. Then I set about putting up the tent and unpacking everything from the car whilst Rich built the fire. 10 mins later, just as Rich was about to light the carefully constructed fire, the storm clouds decided to give us everything they had. For the next two hours we sat in the car, with some candles, waiting for the storm to pass. Later that night, Rich cooked an amazing spicey bean stew on the fire and we went to bed dry and ready for the hike tomorrow. After taking down the camp and packing everything up, we set off around the lake to a waterfall we had spotted the previous day. It was quite ... read more
Morning views of Paonia
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Alright, last stop in Colorado: Colorado National Monument (CONM). Does anyone else have any clue what Colorado National Monument is like? We didn't. The reason we stopped was we wanted another stamp in our National Parks Passport, and it was along the way to Moab and Arches National Park. We were pleasantly surprised by this afterthought of a stop (which is just outside Grand Junction). CONM was the pet project of John Otto. He moved into the area and loved Grand Junction so much (???) that he moved into the canyons and became a hermit. He became the unofficial caretaker of the canyons and gathered the residents of the surrounding areas together in support of the preservation of the canyons. In 1911, President William Taft used the Antiquities Act to create CONM, and Otto was hired ... read more
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My jammed packed mini vacation has begun. Have a conference next week in Denver, so flew in a few days early to drive to Utah and see some of its famous national parks. On the way, I stopped at the Colorado National Monument. Ended up renting a Jeep Liberty which is a first for me and fit the occasion. The Colorado National Monument has a 23 mile scenic drive (Rim Rock Drive) with some great views of the canyons, cliffs and valley below. There are also a couple tunnels as well through the rock. It's located just off the road in western Colorado and is a convenient stop if you are heading to Arches National Park (like I was). According to DesertUSA, "The canyon bottoms, about 4,700 feet elevation, have ancient Precambrian rocks covered by Triassic-age ... read more
Colorado View
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