Little Park Preserve Management Area (09/19/2002) The Little Park Preserve is on the road between Grand Junction and the Colorado Monument. It is a trail head for the Taheguache Trail that runs for 142 Miles between Grand Junction and Montrose.
Colorado Monument (09/19/2002) A hazy picture of the upper reaches of the Colorado National Monument.
Cliffs Near East Entrance (09/19/2002) Cliffs building up to the east entrance of the park. These would all be fairly young deposits.
Pool of Water (09/19/2002) Water collects in the pools on top of the Kayenta Sandstone. They give evidence of a recent rain, and a drink for the critters living in the upper part of the park.
Caynon in a Canyon (09/19/2002) We are standing on Kayenta Standstone. The thick cliffs are Wingate. There is a week Chinle formation under the Wingate. The Canyon in the Canyon is now trying to cut through hard precambrian rock.
Canyon in a Canyon (09/19/2002) The Canyons form this U shape because the thick softw Wingate layers tend to shear off verticly and quickly erode. The botton of this canyon is a harder precambrian rock
Wingate Sandstone (09/19/2002) The top of the cliff is a thin layer of kayenta standstone. The Wingate Sandstone tends to erode in these thick verticle cliffs.
Colorado National Monument sits just to the south of Grand Junction, Colorado on the northern tip of the Uncompahgre Plateau. The park encompasses 23,000 acres.
Due largely to the tireless efforts of John Otto, Colorado National Monument was designated as a National Monument in 1911. The 23 mile Rim Rock Road was build through the park in the 1930s. The drive gives sightseers a wonderful view of grand sandstone towers and cliffs, as well as inspiring views of the Grand Valley below.
Colorado National Monument is open year round. In the summer months they pump water from the valley up to the campggrounds. They close off water to the campground in the winter; So you will need to bring your own water.
These are pictures that we took of Colorado National Monument in September 2002. We drove the Rim Rock Road from the east entrance from Grand Junction to the west entrance at Fruita, camping one night at the Saddlehorn Campground.
Standstone Formations in The
Colorado National Monument