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2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument

Posted on the 13 March 2011 by Danncianca
Prior to January 29th, Rim Rock Drive, which bisects Colorado National Monument, was closed. I had visited both entrances of the Monument but had never driver all the way through. I had the 2nd of February off and decided to head out for sunset and a nice trip along the road. I entered the Monument at the East (Grand Junction) Entrance.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
Devil's Kitchen area.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentDistant Grand Mesa.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentColumbus Canyon
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentThrough Columbus Canyon, Book Cliffs distant.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentRed Canyon and distant Grand Mesa.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentGrand Junction from Red Canyon.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentSelf-portrait at the Lower Ute Canyon Overlook.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentLower Ute Canyon
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentFading sun on the lip of the Monument with Mount Garfield and Grand Mesa in the distance.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentThe Kissing Couple over Monument Canyon.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentThe Colorado River in the Grand Valley.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentThe Kissing Couple in front of Independence Monument and Monument Canyon below.

The next few shots are all from Grand View:
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
Kissing Couple, last light on the Book Cliffs.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentAwesome tree at Grand View.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentCloser angle.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentKissing Couple
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentIndependence Monument
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentWider angle of Kissing Couple.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National MonumentIndependence 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.
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
2011 - February 2nd - Rim Rock Drive At Sunset - Colorado National Monument
I'm fairly certain this is the Sentinel Spire.

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!
Dann.

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