Rim Rock Road, one of Colorado’s most spectacular scenic drives, runs 23 miles through Colorado National Monument between Grand Junction and Fruita. The paved road twists along the high rims of several deep canyons, including Red Canyon, Ute Canyon, and Monument Canyon. Rim Rock Road lies on the northern edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau, rising over 2,000 feet above the Colorado River and Grand Valley to the north. The road, built in the early 1930s, offers 19 overlooks, 14 trails, Saddlehorn Campground, and Saddlehorn Visitor Center. Allow at least a couple hours to drive the road, stop at the best viewpoints, and hike the easy trails. Plenty of wildlife lives along the road, including bighorn sheep, golden eagles, mule deer, and canyon wrens.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green