I’ve been through Grand Junction many times en route to Moab and points further west. This time I stayed in town for a few days in order to explore Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa.
Colorado National Monument is a medium-size national park above Grand Junction. There are two entrances, one a few miles south of Grand Junction and the other to the west in the town of Fruita; the latter home to a dated but nice visitor center. The winding Rim Road connects them both for about 20 miles, climbing to the top from both sides. Inside there are several trails both easy and difficult. Most of them lead down into the canyon. Great two days, and some goods shots of bighorn sheep eating dinner and kicking rocks around.