The Grand Plateau starts its long journey south in Grand Junction, Colorado - home of Colorado National Monument. Here the mountains meet the desert southwest with spectacular views and withered, red rock formations.
Although small in size, the monument makes up for it with deep vistas along a curvy scenic drive within the park. The park can easily be visited within a day and often is filled with bikers riding the road.
The visitor center details the diverse wildlife that lives in this hills around this semi dessert park. Black ravens can be spotted flying high over the walls of the parks main canyons.