This 23,000-acre wonderland of canyons, mesas and massive monolith towers near Grand Junction has something for everyone. It's often called a less crowded and more peaceful "mini Grand Canyon." The Read more...
This 23,000-acre wonderland of canyons, mesas and massive monolith towers near Grand Junction has something for everyone. It's often called a less crowded and more peaceful "mini Grand Canyon." The park is ideal for driving, hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing.
Take in the monument's 500-feet-deep canyons and 450-feet-high rock monoliths from the 23-mile-long Rim Rock Drive. It's the most awe-inspiring two hours of your life, we promise. Stop at any of the dozen scenic overlooks and pullouts for breathtaking vistas, photo ops, and a leisurely picnic. Watch out for cyclists pedaling the paved road. They pick up a lot of speed on the exhilarating descents.
Hikers of all abilities can explore the beautiful surroundings on 13 trails. Families and those seeking a relaxed nature stroll should check out Canyon Rim, Devil's Kitchen, Otto's Trail and Window Rock Trail — all less than a mile. Devil's Kitchen is especially picturesque at dawn or sunset and allows for lots of exploring. The highly popular 2.5-mile Serpent's Trail makes 54 switchbacks. Be on the lookout for mule deer, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, bears, and bobcats. Wildlife abounds in these red rock canyons.
Find your way to the small parking lot at Balance Rock View Overlook. The 700-ton boulder is precariously perched on a flat rock pedestal at the edge of a sandstone cliff. Will it topple?
Pro tip: Camping at the park's Saddlehorn Campground and nearby public campgrounds booked up? See all of your options and search for camping on private land nearby with Hipcamp.