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The Heart of the World Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.
Thought I would be doing a quick drive-through, ended up staying for 6 hours. Really beautiful, absolutely recommended. Permit was $10 at the gate (and good for a week if you wanted to stay longer). I did the serpent's trail off the road which has some really awesome views as well.
We stopped by this park on our way to Arches NP. We were blown away by how pretty and secluded it was. Visitors must read up about John Otto while there- an amazing conservationist whom spent his life fighting for the preservation of this amazing landscape. Otto's trail is an easy hike to an incredible overlook of several formations. Must-visit park.