The map below is an interactive Google map, showing all the main points of interest we hit, and photos along the way.
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Posted by ellen at March 14, 2009 03:30 PM
This is not my photo, but I thought the airport was cool enough that you should be able to see it. Thanks Bachir!
On leaving the airport, we took I-70 in a straight shot to Grand Junction where we stayed for a few days. I-70 is one of the most scenic freeways in the US, cutting through mountains, canyons, and stunning desert vistas on its way straight west across the northern part of the state.
|The Glenwood Canyon stretch visible from I-70 is beautiful, and the design and the design of the freeway that runs through it is also spectacular, and something of an engineering feat.
|This site by a civil engineer describes some of the more outstanding features.
|Isolated rainstorm somewhere between Rulison and Parachute.|
|Some of the dramatic scenery on the way into Grand Junction...|
...culminating in this incredible view of a mesa
|Just a few miles outside of Grand Junction lies the Colorado National Monument National Park. It's a series of breathtaking canyons and red-rock pillars (the Monuments).|
|Some of the sandstone layers in rocks near the entrance.|
|Monument road skirts the edge of the canyons.|
|Views down into the canyons|
You can see the enormous block of rock that sheared off and fell down into the canyon
|There's a sandstone cave formed by water. The rock is so soft you can sculpt it by brushing sand off with your hand.|
|Colorado National Monument lies along the northeastern flank of the Uncompahgre Plateau.|
|The terrain gives the impression of having been the site of many flash floods which carved the canyons and deeply undercut the top layers of rock in some places.|
|The Coke Ovens formation. Read about the geology of the area|
|;||Afterwards we visited the DInosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, a cool interactive museum with animated dinosaurs, fossils, a lab, an earthquake simulator and lots of paleontological information|
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