Coke Ovens Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Coke Ovens are massive rounded sandstone structures that show the effects of wind and water over time. If you want a bird’s-eye view of the incredible monoliths and rock structures of the Colorado National Monument, this short hike takes you to the very top of the Ovens. A short half-mile hike allows you to stand on top of the Coke Ovens, so named because their conical shapes are reminiscent of early twentieth-century ovens used to convert coal into coke, the latter used as an industrial fuel. These rock monoliths of Wingate sandstone clearly show the effects of time and weather when not protected by the cap rock of the Kayenta Formation. Kayenta sandstone is very tightly cemented and much harder than Wingate."
--Bill Haggerty, Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Junction and Fruita (Falcon Guides).
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