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Colorado National Monument

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Independence Monument near Grand Junction

Colorado National Monument [1] is a National Monument in Northwestern Colorado.

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Get in[edit]

  • Denver International Airport [2], (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN). Commonly referred to as DIA. It is located about 20 miles to the east of downtown Denver. Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines all maintain hubs at the airport in Concourses A, B, and C respectively. Most other major domestic carriers also have service here.
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport [3], (IATA: GJT, ICAO: KGJT), otherwise known as Walker Field, is served by six airlines with nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Some service is seasonal. For private pilots, it is also possible to fly your small plane into the airport and leave it while you tour the area. Most hotels on Horizon Drive offer shuttle service from the airport. Taxi service is also available at the airport.
  • Sunshine Taxi, +1-970-245-8294.  edit
Rental car agencies at Walker Field include:
  • Advantage Rent-A-Car‎, 2828 Walker Field Dr Grand Junction, +1-970-243-4469, [4].  edit
  • Alamo, +1-970- 243-6626, [5]. Daily 07AM-11:15PM.  edit
  • Avis, +1-970-244-9170, [6]. Su-F 8AM-10:30PM,Sa 8AM-8:30PM.  edit
  • Hertz, +1-970-243-0747, [7]. Daily 7:30AM-11PM.  edit

By car[edit]

  • Interstate 70 runs east-west just north of town. Grand Junction is about 30 minutes east of the Utah border and 4 hours west of Denver.
  • US 50 runs north-south beginning in downtown, running south to Delta and Montrose, then turning east towards Gunnison and Pueblo.
  • US 6 runs east-west parallel to Interstate 70.
  • US 139 runs north south, rejoining I-70 west of Grand Junction, in Loma. US 139 travels north over Douglas Pass to Rangely.

By train[edit]

Amtrak [8] serves nearby Grand Junction with the California Zephyr [9], which runs daily between Emeryville (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Chicago. For more information, see rail travel in the US.

But once at the rail station, you will still have to rent a car.

By bus[edit]

  • Grand Junction, Clifton and Palisade
    • Greyhound Bus Lines, 230 S 5th St, Grand Junction, +1-970-242-6012, [10]. But if you're without a car, you'll still need to hail a cab to your hotel.  edit

By bike[edit]

For extreme mountain bikers, it's possible to follow the Kokopelli Trail [11] from Moab, Utah, then join up with the trail system of the monument. This is a five or six day, strenuous excursion where you must pack in your own food, shelter and water.

There's another north-south running slick rock trail that fat tire enthusiasts can follow into town:

  • Tabeguache Trail, +1-970-244-3000, [12]. Trail crosses public land for 142 miles connecting Montrose and Grand Junction. The Tabeguache Trail begins in Shavano Valley and weaves through the canyons, mesas and highlands of the Uncompahgre Plateau before ending in "No Thoroughfare Canyon," a few miles west of Grand Junction.  edit

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Get around[edit]

Rim Rock Drive is a sheer drop on many parts of the monument

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  • Rim Rock Drive
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Climbing
  • Horseback Riding

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Camping[edit]

Saddle Horn Campground near the visitor center has 80 sites. Backcountry camping is also permitted.

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