Colorado - Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument is located in Mesa County of western Colorado, high on the Colorado Plateau. It was established in 1911 to protect 20,000 acres of beautiful landscape, vegetation, and wildlife. The park encompasses multiple canyons, each with unique cliffs and sandstone monoliths. The largest one, Monument Canyon, includes fascinating rock formations such as a 5,739-foot-tall sandstone pillar called Independence Monument, a linear set of pillars called Coke Ovens, and the 400-foot-high tower known as Kissing Couple. In addition, the park includes pinyon and juniper forest and hosts a wide range of wildlife, including red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, ravens, jays, desert bighorn sheep, and coyotes. There are many trails worth exploring and a paved road called Rim Rock Drive, which winds along the plateau providing excellent viewpoints and access to trailheads.
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