Cycling Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument is the cliffs and mesa just beyond the south side of the Colorado River valley, near Grand Junction, Colorado. There is a visitor center, and a mostly-level (but winding) road, following the cliff edge. It makes a wonderfully scenic, one-day bicycle trip.
We drove from Grand Junction to the visitor center (which is near the west end of the monument), then cycled the road to the east, and turned around and cycled back to the visitor center.
Viewpoint, seen driving to the Visitor Center, in the morning – compare to the picture of it taken later in the day
At the visitor center, ready to start cycling
Along the park road
Looking down a long valley from the cliffs above
View-point, zoomed-in on rock pinnacle, with climber on top of it
The same view-point, zoomed-out
Malcolm, “Feelin' Groovy”
A rock formation called “The Lime-Kilns”
Around a curve
Rest-stop for bicycles & riders, at a view-point
Stopped at view-point, on the way back to the visitor center
Against a bright sky
Near the edge...
At the last view-point, late in the day – compare to picture of it taken in the morning
Loading the bicycles at the end of the trip
This is a wonderfully scenic bicycle ride. Give it a try sometime!
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