The Grand View
Take the short stroll to a spectacular and unique viewpoint to discover more about the Monument's geology and high flying birds.
The airspace above the protected canyons is the domain for a diverse variety of birds.
The Oldest Rocks
Found in the canyon bottoms, the oldest geologic units are dark metamorphic rocks like the sample below.
[bottom right side of marker]
Cliff Forming Rocks
At the viewpoint you can almost reach out and touch this 200 foot tall sandstone spire. The cliffs and monoliths of the Monument are made primarily of sandstones over 200 million years old.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 39° 5.419′ N, 108° 43.44′ W. Marker is in Colorado National Monument, Colorado, in Mesa County. Marker is at The Grand View scenic pulloff along Rim Rock Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fruita CO 81521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tragedies on Rim Rock Drive (within shouting distance of this marker);
Also see . . .
1. Colorado National Monument. (Submitted on November 10, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Geologic Story of Colorado National Monument (USGS).
3. Geologic Map of Colorado National Monument and Adjacent Areas, Mesa County, Colorado. (Submitted on November 10, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.