Colorado National Monument is easily one of the most scenic places in the state, home to gigantic, towering monoliths. There are two main entrances to the park, one to the east in Grand Junction and the other west in Fruita. The 23-mile Rim Rock Drive connects the two.
Pets are allowed in the Monument but are restricted on trails. They are permitted in Saddlehorn Campground and most paved areas.
Backpacking: Hiking and camping in the backcountry is permitted. Pets are not permitted in the backcountry.
Biking: The 23-mile Rim Rock Drive is popular for biking.
Camping: Saddlehorn Campground is located near the Visitor Center. $20 per night; Open Year Round; 80 sites; First-come, first-serve; RVs permitted up to 40 feet; Wood fires are not permitted anywhere in the Monument. No electric hookups or showers.
Hiking: There are several short hikes available at most of the scenic points along Rim Rock Drive.
Rock Climbing: Permitted. Independence Monument is a very popular climb. See regulations.
Address: 1750 Rimrock Dr, Fruita
Season: Year round
Entrance Fees: $10/vehicle, $5/motorcycle/individual (good for 7 days)
Pets: Yes, on-leash (in some areas)
Maps: Colorado National Monument (PDF)