Looking back at the approach road into Colorado National Monument. The light strip of earth (just right of center) leading up the hillside on the other side of the road is the Redlands earthquake fault.
Not far from the entrance is Balanced Rock.
A little farther up the entrance road you look over Red Canyon.
From another pullout on the entrance road you look north out over the Grand River Valley and the nearby city of Grand Junction.
A final pullout on the entrance road looks over Fruita Canyon. Balanced rock is up the hillside to the right of the road below.
After getting settled in camp, we took a short hike along the Canyon Rim Trail near the visitor's center for our first views out over Monument Canyon, the central piece of the park.
Hiking along Canyon Rim Trail above the Monument Canyon.
From the Canyon Rim Trail we look north over the Book Cliffs out into the Grand River Valley.
Book Cliffs as seen from the Canyon Rim Trail.
Looking past Window Rock toward the Grand River Valley.
Our campsite on the first evening.
John Otto was a recluse who nevertheless managed to convince enough people to create Colorado National Monument. His new bride couldn't take it ... she left after a few weeks.
Window Rock again, this time from the Otto Trail. Perhaps this time you can see the "Window".
Independence Monument is the best known formation in the park.
View from the Otto Trail out past the Pipe Organ formation.
At the viewpoint at the end of Otto Trail.
Window Rock, again, from the Otto Trail viewpoint.
Looking west from the Otto Trail viewpoint back toward the visitor center (small roof just right of center near the top of the ridge).
Done with the Otto Trail, we drove along Rim Rock Drive, the principle road in the park. This is the view from the Grand View Overlook, with Independence Monument in the middle. The nearby formation is the Kissing Couple (whose name is more obvious from a different viewpoint).
A view down the upper parts of Monument Canyon.
The Kissing Couple stands out at the end of the Grand View Ridge, this time seem from further along the Rim Rock Drive at the Monument Canyon Overlook.
The Coke Ovens formation. We next hiked out to the viewpoint which can be seen at the right just before the string of coke oven formations.