Posted by Jeff on Feb 8, 2021 @ 10:59 am in Canyon Hikes, Colorado, Colorado National Monument, Hiking, Hiking Blog, Photo Essays | 0 comments | Last change: February 8, 2021
THEThese days, you’ll likely see that the Colorado National Monument has become a full-fledged national park along with the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The breathtaking landscape is certainly suitable. With the acreage included in MCNCA, the size is there too. The combination of NPS units offers a variety of back country hiking trails and back country adventures.
We can thank a colleague named John Otto for developing this picturesque and historic region in western Colorado near the small town of Fruita. From 1906 he built hiking trails and began work on what would later become the Rim Road. Otto once said, “I came here last year and found these gorges, and they feel like the heart of the world to me. I will stay and build paths and promote this place because it should be a national park. “Not long afterwards, in 1911, President Taft signed the proclamation establishing the Colorado National Monument.
When I left North Carolina to join Paula in the west, our home base was the small town of Loma, also near CNM. So we spent many days after work and on weekends exploring the region. I have been to Colorado National Monument a few times when my brother lived in Colorado and have written hiking reports, including this one from Monument Canyon. This post also includes some images of Monument Canyon with a winter contrast.
On December 19, 2020, Paula and I drove the Rim Road from Devils Kitchen in the east to Balanced Rock at the west entrance. The Rim Road is 17 miles of stunning red rock scenery. Every curve leaves you breathless by the natural beauty that surrounds you. The photo at the top of this post shows Monument Canyon from above. Then, on December 31st, after a fresh snowfall, we went on an afternoon hike up the lower part of Monument Canyon. Just lovely.
This gallery gives you a little idea of what the Colorado National Monument is all about … top and bottom. Enjoy the photos and feel free to comment on them.
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