This is the first time I’ve visited this part of Colorado. I’ve passed through before but never drove up the amazingly twisted and steep road into the national monument named I think more for the plateau and river than for the state. The Colorado River flows through the Grand Valley, which is fog-covered in this shot. The monument is a beautiful collection of canyons and rock formations spilling off a mesa that is part of the much larger Colorado Plateau.
It’s very near the Utah border, and here you are in terrain that is much less about the Rocky Mountains and more like the red-rock canyon country of the desert southwest. There are plenty of great canyon hikes, and the mountain biking in adjacent lands is world class (google Fruita Colorado mountain biking). Driving west through the Grand Valley and into the town of Grand Junction you are leaving the Rockies and entering the Colorado Plateau. The river goes from more of a swift river of mountains to one that cuts through spectacular sandstone canyons.
Waking the first morning to fog in the canyon bottoms and lowlands, the sun didn’t show its face until the middle of the morning. But I still had a grand time shooting the rock formations, wreathed in fog, for which this National Monument is known. The spire front and center in the photo is called the ‘kissing couple’. The view is southward down Monument Canyon and into the east-west running Grand Valley.
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Friday Foto Talk, by the way, is on a bit of a hiatus. It’ll be back, promise.