June 12, 2011 – well – we are now in Colorado at the Colorado National Monument. What a beautiful view from our campsite.
What a great campsite! View, privacy, quiet - we're rapidly becoming spoiled by these great NPS sites!
We are here for two nights – need a bit of a break (if you call catching up on email, geo-cache and blog posting a break!)
The Colorado River was within inches of flooding Route 70 but no problems on the cross over from Moab, Utah
High temperatures following late and heavy snow fall in the mountains mean seriously high waters for the Colorado and Green Rivers and their tributaries. Here's the Colorado as we pass over it near Fruita Colorado.
Today, after finishing our “chores” we’ll be hunting for geo-caches in the immediate area and then on our way out, we’ll be exploring the bulk of park – pictures below!
Here's the GPS view of our ride into the Colorado National Monument - the only thing not properly represented here is the altitude change!
Here's a view from about halfway up Rim Rock Drive - the road you need to travel to come into this monument. Built by volunteers and the CCC it is an incredible feat of engineering and an exciting and enjoyable ride!
One of the most striking features - though it is truely impossible to rank order - is "Independence Monument" named by John Otto, who, in the early 1900's convinced the D.C. polititians to make it a National Park. He was rewarded with the job as the first care taker of the Park at a heady salary of $1 per month - he built trails and roads and every July 4th scaled the above pictured monument and placed an American Flag, until he retired in 1927. That July 4 custom still occurs.
Another Natural Wonder in front of Ute Canyon!!
A very "typical" view from Rim Rock Road - millions of years of erosion give us a geologically ephemeral view of stone in flux.Ute Canyon - another example of the work water does!
There are 3 tunnels along the 23 miles of Rim Rock Road - this in one of the shorter ones.