Colorado National Monument

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 2 visitors


State: Colorado
Date Submitted: November 2, 2011
Submitted by: chavezm
Motorcycle Road Length: 22 Miles

Written Directions

Start at either entrance to the Colorado National Monument located between Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado just southwest of Interstate 70. You can find it online at http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

Scenery  

Awesome landscape scenery! Red rock, sheer wall canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive. You may see some wildlife like bighorn sheep and antelope. The evening sun makes the colors vivid and wild, so don't forget to take your camera. There are very nice picnic and camping areas also. Nice shelters with easy hiking trails.

Road Quality  

The pavement was very good and well maintained. the twist and turns are many and the views are striking, so the going may be slow. We took about an hour and a half which included a quick picnic lunch.

Roadside Amenities  

Great picnic and camping areas and shelters. Very well maintained. Nice visitor center! The facilities are so nice that people have weddings there!

Additional Info

I went in early October and there was virtually no traffic.

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Reviewed by Crazy Blonde on July 1, 2012
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Cheryl Dickson
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Add this short ride to your Cruise! Grand Junction is a great place to stop over in your travels. It's a main hub to several gorgeous day trips in ANY direction! If you could stay a few days in Grand Junction you could take a day ride in ANY direction foe fabulous scenery, and every type of road challenge you desire. Something for everyone!
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Reviewed by GJRonK on February 7, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: RonK
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: While you can travel this route either way, going from south to north puts you adjacent to all the pulloffs.

If you have time you can take some of the hikes off some of the parking areas. There is a visitor center and campground near the northern end of this upper mesa.

A side trip I like is to take the road to Glade Park (the first south headed road if you are traveling from the south entrance). This road will end up along a high mesa a few miles from the Utah border where you will turn around and come back. There are several arches along this road.
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