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Big, bold Colorado National Monument inspires awe | Prime Living



Last updated 10/21/2021 at 11:53am

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Coke Ovens provides a sweeping vista of the Coke Ovens formation. These rounded rocks were carved over the years by wind and water, sitting one after another in a perfectly lined-up row.

It's hard to wrap your head around the Colorado National Monument. It holds you spellbound as you look out at this famed, rugged landscape of the American West. Towering sandstone monoliths as tall as 450 feet act as sentinels in a vast plateau with sheer-walled canyons as deep as 500 feet. And the views stretch for what seems like eternity.

The monument, which protects 23,000 acres, is a geologic treasure sculpted by erosion that occurred over the course of millions of years. Massive, colorful formations take center stage, including rock spires, domes, arches, windows, pedestals and balanc...

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