Distant Grand Mesa.
Through Columbus Canyon, Book Cliffs distant.
Red Canyon and distant Grand Mesa.
Grand Junction from Red Canyon.
Self-portrait at the Lower Ute Canyon Overlook.
Lower Ute Canyon
Fading sun on the lip of the Monument with Mount Garfield and Grand Mesa in the distance.
The Kissing Couple over Monument Canyon.
The Colorado River in the Grand Valley.
The Kissing Couple in front of Independence Monument and Monument Canyon below.
The next few shots are all from Grand View:
Awesome tree at Grand View.
Wider angle of Kissing Couple.
Independence Monument with foreground.
The next few shots are of Independence Monument and vicinity from the Independence Monument View and a few other nearby places along the road. These were some of my favorite shots of the night, especially when it got dark enough that the lights of Grand Junction and other areas of the valley filled in the background.
All in all, I was very happy with the set of images I was able to capture as well as the magnificent views the drive afforded. I truly understand why this area was set side as a National Monument and why there is a push to make it a National Park.
Also, it is hard to tell in the photos, but the air temperature at the time was in the single digits and it was very windy along the canyon edges!