colorado national monument

  1. gnwatts

    Dominguez Canyon, waterfalls

    I had hoped to have three days here, it has been a year and I needed to go. I did not really want to go by myself, but everyone dropped out, and then I found myself not wanting to go. That's nuts. I cherish my trips. It was going to be perfect, warm, mid 80's, should be lot's of water, probably...
  2. IntrepidXJ

    Colorado National Monument Traverse II

    The Monument from Top to Bottom | Black Ridge Loop Saturday & Sunday, March 28-29, 2015 After completing a traverse across the face of the Colorado National Monument last year I decided that I wanted to put together a longer loop through the Monument to hike this year. The route I strung...
  3. hamtron5000

    Sunday Night in Dominguez Canyon

    Several of my friends and I have started a weekly adventure we lovingly call the "Tandoori Hike Club", where we journey to a local hiking trail, have an adventure, and follow it with lunch or dinner at a local Nepalese restaurant that is very delicious. So far we've done Echo Canyon in the...
  4. IntrepidXJ

    An Evening in the Monument

    Monday, March 23, 2015 After work on Monday I headed up to the west side of the Colorado National Monument so I could scout a few sections of trail for a longer hike I have planned for this weekend. After hiking parts of the Fruita Dugway and Black Ridge Trail I stopped at Grand View to catch...
  5. IntrepidXJ

    Return to The Island

    Sunday, March 15, 2015 On Sunday morning Diane and I headed into the Colorado National Monument for a short and steep sunrise hike. Recently Diane had mentioned to me that she wanted to climb to the top of The Island which is between Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon. It had been a few years...
  6. IntrepidXJ

    Monument Mesa Loop

    Sunday, March 8, 2015 Since I've been busy moving these past couple of weeks, we didn't stray far from home again this weekend. On Sunday morning we woke up early (even after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time) and made our way over to the Colorado National Monument to hike a new...
  7. IntrepidXJ

    Mee Canyon Alcove

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 This morning Diane and I woke up early and drove up through the Colorado National Monument to reach the Black Ridge Road which we took to the Mee Canyon trailhead. I have wanted to hike to the very large Mee Canyon Alcove for a few years now and it was finally time to do...
  8. gnwatts

    Dominguez Canyon & Dry Fork Canyon

    Stream bed, Dry Fork Canyon A couple of friends and I decided to spend a few days in Big Dominguez Canyon last week. I love this place because it is a spectacular 13 mile long canyon with a beautiful stream, numerous water falls etc. And the Bridgeport trailhead at the Gunnison River is only 90...
  9. IntrepidXJ

    Rim Rock Drive Overlooks

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 I was originally planning to hike Flume Canyon near Fruita this morning when I left my house shortly after sunrise, but the unusual clouds in the sky and beautiful light in the canyons of the northern end of the Uncompahgre Plateau made me change my mind. Instead, I...
  10. IntrepidXJ

    Kodels Canyon

    Monday, April 21, 2014 Hope you aren't tired of seeing photos from the Colorado National Monument yet... After hiking up the Fruita Dugway just over a week ago and being treated to some nice views down into Kodels Canyon for part of the way, I decided that I wanted to check out that canyon...
  11. IntrepidXJ

    No Thoroughfare Canyon

    Friday & Saturday, April 18-19, 2014 Since I have a three night backpacking trip coming up at the beginning of May and I never did get out on a backpacking trip last year, I wanted to get in a quick overnight trip this month. I have also wanted to camp in the backcountry of the Colorado...
  12. IntrepidXJ

    Colorado National Monument Traverse

    The Face of the Monument | West to East Saturday, April 12, 2014 Years ago I had the idea of hiking across the face of the Colorado National Monument from one entrance to the other but never seemed to get around to planning the route and following through on the hike because I was usually...
  13. IntrepidXJ

    Otto's Staircase

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 After work I decided to get a little hike in and explore a new area of the Colorado National Monument. I wanted to check out Otto's Staircase above Gold Star Canyon and try to reach the top of Monument Mesa via this route. Please excuse my poor pictures in this trip...
  14. IntrepidXJ

    Gold Star Canyon Loop

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO After work this evening, Diane and I met up for another short hike in the Colorado National Monument. We started from the White Rocks trailhead and then hiked the steep trail beside Gold Star Canyon up onto the Precambrian Bench...
  15. IntrepidXJ

    Big Dominguez Canyon

    Sunday, December 22, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO It has been a little while since I'd gone hiking with Marty, so we made plans to do a local hike on Sunday morning. It has been about a year since I last hiked up Big Dominguez Canyon, so I thought it would be a good time to...
  16. IntrepidXJ

    Echo Canyon

    Monday, October 28, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO After spending the weekend photographing the colorful cottonwood trees around Price, I thought it might be a good idea to get out after work and see if there was any autumn color left in the Colorado National Monument, so I...
  17. IntrepidXJ

    Monument Canyon

    Sunday, September 15, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO On Thursday evening Lisa contacted me to let me know she was taking a last minute trip to the Colorado National Monument this weekend and she wanted to see if I was available to go hiking on Sunday morning. It just so happened...
  18. IntrepidXJ

    The Island

    Saturday, September 14, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO I've seen The Island sticking up between Wedding Canyon and Monument Canyon for many years while photographing the Colorado National Monument from the overlooks along Rim Rock Drive. You can see The Island across the canyon...
  19. IntrepidXJ

    Monument Inversion

    Saturday, January 26, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO On Saturday morning I slept in a little later than usual. A winter storm moved into the area overnight and when I looked outside towards the Colorado National Monument I could see that the humidity from the storm caused the...
  20. IntrepidXJ

    Clearing Storm

    Sunday, January 27, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO By now I'm sure many of my regular readers are tired of seeing photos from the Colorado National Monument. For those of you who might feel that way, I'm sorry to say I have another trip report of photos taken there. Better stop...
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