Colorado Plateau Photo Odyssey 6: Colorado National Monument

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Having driven from near western edge of the Colorado Plateau near Bryce Canyon to the eastern edge near Grand Junction, I ventured to Colorado National Monument, which arises above Fruita and Grand Junction with its red sandstone bluffs and cliffs. In my two days there, I spent most of my time in the Wedding Canyon and Monument Canyon section of the park, which is on the north side of monument near the Visitor’s Center:



On my first afternoon there I ventured south to visit places such as Ute and Red Canyons:









I also got a quick glimpse at the Coke Ovens:



But Monument Canyon drew most of my attention:













In September of 2011 I briefly visited the monument and took a snap of this dead tree off the trail in the Grand View Overlook area:



The tree was still there a year and a half later, as seen in the following evening and morning shots:





Dead trees are quite numerous in the monument. Here’s another example:



And finally some shots from Wedding Canyon:











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