A party was on foot at Colorado National Monument when they located the wreckage of a motor vehicle crash that was mostly hidden from a nearby roadway. A 30-year-old male was found deceased at the scene.
Described to have happened on 'the east hill' of the national monument, excessive speed seems to have been a factor based on evidence found at the scene. It is believed that the crash occurred on January 10, with the vehicle being discovered the following day around noon. The vehicle is set to be extracted on January 12, with single-lane closures and brief delays expected.
The identity of the deceased has not been released, nor has the official cause of death.
Condolences go out to those impacted by this death. Thanks goes out to the departments involved with this case, including the Grand Junction Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff's Department, and the National Park Service.
Colorado National Monument is a popular spot for hiking and scenic drives in western Colorado. This 20,533-acre recreation space is located near Grand Junction and managed by the National Park Service.