Colorado National Monument

Our dog, Frankie, is the greatest, and I'm really happy we got her.  She's the ultimate adventure buddy and brings lots of happiness to our day-to-day lives.  But there is one major downside of having a dog -- you can't bring them in National Parks.  For the most part, this isn't a problem.  Jordan and I have lived in southeast Utah for 6 years, and we've hiked almost every trail in the nearby National Parks.  We've done them justice.  It seems like the longer we live here, the more we gravitate towards remote places on BLM and USFS land where dogs are allowed.

But every once and a while, it's nice to go back to the 'rockstar' places that lured us to the desert in the first place.  My dad is out visiting, and he took a little side-trip with Frankie down to Arizona.  Jordan and I found ourselves weirdly dog-less this weekend, so we decided to head to the 'no dogs allowed' Colorado National Monument.

The Monument is just outside Grand Junction, CO, so while it has huge rock monoliths and epic vistas, it definitely feels like an urban park.  You can see the city from most of the overlooks.  And, I might be biased, but I think the red-rock country in Utah is a little more stunning.  Still, it's a nice place to visit.  We got there in the afternoon and didn't have a lot of daylight, but we still managed to check out most of the overlooks, hike a quick trail, and drive the incredible winding road.  Good stuff.