... not to mention picturesque cycling
The two-way paved road that winds through Colorado National Monument is delightfully light on vehicular traffic this time of year. Rim Rock Drive stretches for 23 miles through the red sandstone cliff walls between Grand Junction and Fruita with just over 2,000ft of climbing, plenty of adrenaline-fueling hairpin turns, steady climbs, descents, and viewpoints of every rock formation in the canyon. Another option for roadies or casual cruisers is the Colorado Riverfront Trail, a nearly continuous (save for a handful of short detours) paved path paralleling the Colorado River that connects Palisade, Grand Junction, and Fruita, a span of 28 miles. It's almost entirely flat, taking you through wetlands, botanical gardens, and within stumbling distance of Edgewater Brewery, a great place to grab a pint and take a breather.