Real Canyonlands is better, or course, but it also requires getting out and hiking some.
Colorado National Monument is located near Grand Junction, Colorado. The drive is the interesting part; it looks like southern Utah, so long as you look toward the mountains. If you look toward the valley it looks like Grand Junction. And if you reach the top of the drive, it looks like a bunch of boring, scrubby trees. The in-between, though!
As testimony of the thing that Colorado National Monument does well, then, here are photos I took while driving.
- I think the photos are shown in reverse order of when they were taken. I don’t know how WordPress decides.
- For variety, one of those photos was taken through the passenger window rather than the windshield.
- It seemed like they could have used more guard rails in places.
- The road and trails and stuff were apparently a CCC project. Of course.
- I hadn’t taken a bunch of pictures of red rocks since last time I was in southern Utah.
- It was definitely worth the, oh, 90 minutes including bathroom time?
- I did also take a walk to some view point. It was mostly for walking’s sake.
- I was driving a rented Nissan Versa hatchback. It looked like this:
I’m still planning on one day putting together a photo essay entitled “Through the Windshield”. Maybe after the dissertation. Or maybe FOR the dissertation…! Probably not though.