Rim Rock Drive Colorado National Monument Topo Map

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A 22-mile drive that explores the lofty sandstone rim and canyons of Colorado National Monument on the northern edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Thick sandstone layers drape across the Uncompahgre Plateau, a long humpbacked highland that stretches across western Colorado from the San Juan Mountains to the Colorado River on the eastern edge of the immense Colorado Plateau. Colorado National Monument, on the plateau’s northern edge, protects a 20,450-acre wonderland of dipping sandstone strata chiseled by erosion into precipitous canyons, abrupt buttresses, sharp spires and buttes, and soaring cliffs. This rugged monument relates a spectacular lesson in geology. It spreads open like a textbook that illuminates forgotten chapters in the earth’s long history. The monument’s 1.5-billion-year-old basement rocks once floored a primeval ocean. The horizontal rock strata above—the Chinle, Wingate, Kayenta, Entrada, and Morrison formations— tell more recent tales of immense dune fields, meandering rivers, and swamps alive with dinosaurs. The Rim Rock Drive traverses the monument’s canyons and airy rims, explores its geologic history, offers nineteen scenic overlooks, and passes several trails that plunge into the canyons, leading to spring-fed oases of grass, birdsong, and solitude.
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Grand Junction, Colorado

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Mar 2018