What a gem for area residents! This natural monument is quickly and easily accessible for all in the Grand Valley, and it'll satisfy drivers, cyclists, bikers, hikers, and climbers alike. Yet, it's still relatively unknown to the masses. It's also perfect if you don't want to get too far away from city amenities but want to experience a desert canyon environment in Colorado.
Like all things in the NPS, there is a fee to enter and you can pay at either the Fruita or Grand Junction ends. The Fruita side has a large campground and a small Visitor's Center. We were stoked to see a water dispenser on the building just outside the doors to refill your reusable water bottles!
Rim Rock Drive is spectacular with many pull-offs, and some even had quick little interpretative trails for those with limited time. Depending on the pull-off, the view could be of Grand Junction's city lights, or it could be of amazing red rock formations. Very curvy, so please pay attention.
Hiking trails are well marked, but come prepared with water and clothing. We saw swifts, canyon wrens, ravens, pinyon jays, and several ground squirrels. I've even seen a rattler on a previous visit. The ranger at the Visitor Center was very friendly and earnest, and I could tell she enjoyed her job.
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