Colorado National Monument
Grand Junction, Colorado – Point of Geological Interest G2
Image and Geologic Map courtesy of the Colorado Geological Survey
The highlight of Colorado National Monument is 23 mile-long Rim Rock Drive, which offers panoramic views and overlooks of sheer slick-rock canyons and farther panoramas of the broad Grand Valley, more than 2,000 feet below. The mesa front is an outstanding example of a monoclinal fold, where the mesa-top beds are flat and the flanking beds are bent at highly inclined angles. Activities include a visitor center, an audiovisual program on the Park’s geology, summer talks by local geologists, self-guiding tour books, roadside exhibits, and the Colorado National Monument Association (CNMA) Talks and Walks program.