Colorado National Monument’s red rock canyon walls, panoramic views and endless recreation opportunities make it a must-stop on a Colorado road trip. Make the most out of your trip to Colorado’s Western Slope with our hotels and camping guide.
In Colorado National Monument
There is no lodging in Colorado National Monument, but the Saddlehorn Campground offers tent and RV camping for those who don’t need a roof. With sections open year round, the campground offers both first-come, first-served sites and sites available by reservation. The campground’s B-loop is reservable mid-March through October, up to six months in advance. These dates may vary. Maximum of two sites per individual. Reserve your campsite at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.
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Closest Towns to the Park
Rim Rock Road is the major thoroughfare of Colorado National Monument. This beautiful scenic drive can be accessed from Grand Junction, Colo. on the east end and Fruita, Colo. on the west end.
Grand Junction is the biggest city in Colorado outside of the Front Range (the Interstate 25 corridor running along the Rocky Mountains’ eastern edge including Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins). Here you’ll find many lodging, dining and shopping opportunities ranging from locally owned businesses to chains. Don’t miss eating at least one of Grand Junction’s restaurants owned by local favorite chef Josh Nierenberg, which include Bin 707, Taco Party Food Bar and Dinner Party.
Fruita, Colo., on the monument’s east end is known as Colorado’s mountain biking capital. This small town packs plenty of charm and is home to several chain hotels such as Comfort Inn & Suites and locally owned and chain restaurants including a Starbucks. Don’t miss the cult favorite Hot Tomato Pizza.
Located 30 minutes east of Colorado National Monument’s east entrance, the town of Palisade is a great location to base your vacation out of. Famous for its late summer Palisade peaches and lavender festival, the town is also home to numerous fruit orchards and wineries. Several boutique hotels make for a charming getaway.
If you’re looking for an oasis in arid Western Colorado, head just under two hours east to Rifle Falls State Park. The 70-foot triple waterfall and shady campsites tucked next to the river will keep you cool even on the hottest summer days.
Unique Lodging Near the Park
For a truly unique lodging experience, stay on a vineyard at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. For a charming, boutique hotel Palisade also has you covered with the bicycle themed Spoke and Vine Motel, also in Palisade.