Bighorn Sheep on the Colorado Monument

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.

Looking north across Ute Canyon toward Grand Junction


Is that an Egyptian mummy on the far canyon wall?

Red Canyon

Columbus Canyon

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!

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19 Responses to Bighorn Sheep on the Colorado Monument

  1. Mary says:

    I still can’t get over how that area looks so much like Utah. Very pretty. And the sheep, good spotting them. The babies are way cute.

  2. allisonmohr says:

    You have amazing luck with seeing the sheep. I have seen ONE! We bailed on Colorado and went back to Tucson to give the weather some time to settle down. It’s windy here, but not too hot. Here’s hoping your weather improves soon.

  3. Pam says:

    We just purchased a jeep as a tow vehicle. After reading about your adventures in Utah, we can’t wait to go in the fall.

  4. I’m loving your auto hikes! The young bighorns are so cute!

  5. libertatemamo says:

    Sooooo coool that you got to see the babies!!


  6. Love all the sheep – especially the babies! Super cute! And that Red Canyon shot is amazing!

  7. Nancy says:

    Loving the scenery but those bighorn sheep… WOW!

  8. Erin says:

    So that’s where the missing Pharaoh mummy is? LOL. I really like that first photo of the bighorn sheep. Blue skies ahead … looks like a good omen.

  9. Janna says:

    Ohhh–baby sheep! Yep, driving hikes are good sometimes too!

  10. Jodee Gravel says:

    Wonderful to see so many sheep – I think they hang out and wait for you! That pharaoh was a really big dude 🙂 I know your feet are itching to be on the ground out there, but your auto hikes have been pretty spectacular as well. They are certainly adding to our Colorado list for next year :-))))

  11. You guys are sheep magnets! We rode our bikes along Rim Rock Drive from the campground but turned around when it got really steep going up. Such great views! Glad you had a little break in the weather.

  12. Gay says:

    The baby Longhorns are too cute! Nice way to salvage the day!

  13. LuAnn says:

    You two have the best luck finding bighorn sheep. Beautiful images, and that scenery, spectacular. 🙂 Hope you are now seeing sunny skies. The sun is finally out here today.

  14. pmbweaver says:

    Wow…you hit the jackpot. Great shots of those bighorns.

    That Canyon is gorgeous. And yes…that is a mummy. 😉

  15. Pam says:

    Love bighorn sheep! View ain’t too shabby either.

  16. Laurel says:

    You truly are a magnet for the bighorn sheep. The babies are adorable! And the scenery is gorgeous, too. Hope you can get back out on the trails soon. I know you’re ready. 🙂

  17. rommel says:

    STUNNING VIEWS!!! And what a treat of a free zoo all out in the open!

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