February 2013 - On a hike in Devils Canyon, located
southwest of Fruita,
I noticed Imperial Rock, a beautiful rock structure on a bluff. It stands at the junction of the D1 and D4 trails and is a can't-miss
landmark. This rock can approached by ordinary "walk-up" hikers via the
D5 trail, with an extra walk on the mesa from the other side.
There also appears to be two climbing routes -- one a real climb, requiring ropes -- a short distance to the north of Imperial Rock. The seventh photo
below provides what I saw.
This region is a geological continuation of what one sees in
Colorado National Monument, and in fact, the more popular
Cowboy Hat Tower is a relatively short hike from Imperial Rock. If you love
the red rock scenery around Moab, Utah, then don't overlook what this region has to offer.
Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado.
Imperial Rock stands tall and proud.