Overall Route Rating
speedo-meter speedo-arrow
speedo-meter-grey
3.75 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.75
5 Reviews

Colorado National Monument

Motorcycle Route Author

profile Image
By chavezm (8 McR Points) on Nov 02, 2011

Rider Reviews

No Image Found
Crazy Blonde
2 McR Points
July 2, 2012
Add this short ride to your Cruise! Grand…
Thumbsup
GJRonK
851 McR Points
February 7, 2013
While you can travel this route either way, going…
Thumbsup

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.

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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

Top Images

Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Share Your Comments ( 5 )
  Earn McR Points
No Image Found
Crazy Blonde
July 2, 2012
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
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!
Was this road review helpful?
Thumbsup
2 riders found this road review useful
GJRonK
February 7, 2013
851 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
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.
Was this road review helpful?
Thumbsup
1 riders found this road review useful
No Image Found
Heffe
September 24, 2019
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Great twisty ride, great scenery, strong climb at one end, steep descent at other end (does not matter which end you start at, east or west entrance). National Monument so there is a $10 fee or use your National Parks Pass. There may be some slow tourist traffic, and there is ALWAYS at least one Park Ranger in a truck monitoring speeds near the upper portions of the east portion.
Was this road review helpful?
Thumbsup
0 riders found this road review useful