|Fruita and Grand Junction's Pride and Joy
If you're visiting Fruita or
Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument is probably
on your list of things to do. With its deep canyons, layered orange rock walls and unique rock structures, Colorado National Monument gives you a small
taste of what you'll see if you explore southern Utah,
Now, if you only have a day to spend around Colorado National Monument,
I recommend the following: Otto's Trail
(short 0.5 mile trail that leads to a spectacular overlook), Grand View
and a stop at the Visitor Center.
Also, the overlooks by the Grand Junction entrance such as
Cold Shivers Point and the
Lower Ute Canyon View are worth your time.
If you want a semi-rigorous hike,
the 0.75 mile trail (one way) to Devils Kitchen
is excellent, and the Monument Canyon Trail,
which leads to the base of Independence Monument, is also a good one.
The beautiful view of Independence Monument from the edge of Otto's Trail.
Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado.