Colorado National Monument
Trip Start May 29, 2009
114Trip End Oct 03, 2009
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When we arrived at the entrance gate to the park, the large sign said tunnels ahead clearance 10 feet 6 inches. We pulled the rig over to the right and Jane went to ask the ranger at the window about the tunnel issue. No problem, that was the outside of the lane, they had plenty of buses and RVs every day
We unhitched before touring the visitor center for our passport stamp and orientation video. The video had great pictures, but little information. We enjoyed a quick lunch in the coach before setting out on the scenic drive. We enjoyed many of the overlooks. Although this is a beautiful national monument, it was a bit of a letdown after Canyonlands. Both parks are a part of the Colorado plateau with similar formations. Canyonlands is a bit more extensive and extreme.
We returned to the visitor center, hitched up, and continued on to Montrose, Colorado. We have been following US 50 since Ely, Nevada (before Great Basin National Park). Through much of Utah 50 follows I-70. At Grand Junction, Colorado, US 50 turns south from I-70. We do not expect to see interstate highway again until we are back in Missouri.
While in Montrose, we will visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area.