In May 2005, Rachelle and I took a vacation to Colorado. After our slight detour into Utah to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, we returned to Colorado and drove the scenic Rim Rock Drive through Colorado National Monument.
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument lies along the edge of the Uncompahgre Uplift above the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. This region is part of the greater Colorado Plateau, a vast area of scenic wonders that covers 130,000 square miles in southeastern Utah, northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and western Colorado. Other National Parks found on the Colorado Plateau include Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon.
Our last stop was Red Canyon Overlook. From this vantage point we could see down the length of Red Canyon. The canyon has two distinct features: the U-shaped canyon with its sheer cliff walls, and the smaller, slender V-shaped depression in the center of the canyon floor. The rock of the cliffs is softer and has eroded faster; but the hard rock of the canyon floor has proved more resistant.
After a busy day of sightseeing, we headed east towards Denver. We planned to spend the next couple of days at Rocky Mountain National Park before heading home.