Fruita, CO (near Grand Junction)
Friday was another day of thunderstorms off and on all day. In the late afternoon the skies cleared for a few hours so we took advantage of the break and drove back up on the nearby mesa that is the Colorado National Monument. We seem to have pretty good luck spotting Bighorn Sheep and this trip was no exception. As we rounded a bend in the road we spotted an entire herd moving acoss the slickrock above us.
They climbed up over the rock and disappeared. But we drove around the next bend and there they were again, feeding on the sparse vegetation along the rocks. We counted at least 14 in the group.
The road through the Monument is called Rim Rock Drive. As the name implies, the 23 mile road travels along the rims of the park’s major canyons. We entered the park at the west entrance so, after viewing the sheep, we drove the rest of the road and exited through the east entrance. There are nineteen overlooks with interpretive signs along the road and we stopped to check out most of them. Below are a few photos taken along the way.
The two hour ride through the Monument helped to salvage an otherwise dreary day. Maybe the sky will clear tomorrow and we can get out on a trail for a change!