Photograph Colorado National Monument

Colorado Colorado National Monument

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Gorgeous Views. Easy access. Amazing sunrise/sunset.

Driving through Colorado National Monument was very easy and gorgeous. Very scenic drive with many lookouts to stop at. Every lookout has a spot to park and you can just jump out and photograph the book cliffs and canyons. I stopped at almost all of the lookouts and they are all breathtaking. I definitely recommend checking this place out and bringing your camera along with.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Wide angle lens
  • Telephoto lens
  • Graduated neutral density filter
  • Snacks
  • Water
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Beginner

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Year Round

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Photos! Bouldering!

Great drive through some incredible rock structure, stop near the west end of the road at sunset, or the east end at sunrise for photos, and aim back across the "inlet" area of the canyon so that the opposite wall is illuminated. And though I am fairly certain climbing is not allowed within the monument, on the east exit back toward Fruita, there is a boulder field outside the monument boundary on the left side of the road that has some good sized (ranging from 10-20' tall, uncrowded boulders. I only had time to hike around the area, but there were chalk marks up several of the larger rocks.

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

This a pretty place to see but hard to get a compelling image out of. The park runs along populated areas so you'll have to work a bit if you want to avoid houses in your images. If it looks like sunset/sunrise will be good it's definitely still worth photographing.

over 1 year ago

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