Colorado National Monument

It was threatening rain the day we decided to tour the Colorado National Monument. We thought about staying home, but it was now or never, so we packed a lunch, threw our rain gear in the car, and set out to at least drive through the area. By doing so, we witnessed a rare treat – and it was instantly obvious why one must beware of flash flooding while exploring new areas. 


A little rain marks the beginning of muddy waterfalls at Colorado National Monument.

The terrain is largely rock with just a sandy covering. There’s no place for water to go, so almost as soon as the rain started, muddy waterfalls formed. They poured out of cracks and crevices between rocks, down every gully, across roads and down overlooks. Down below, we watched as dry creek beds filled with rushing water. We came across a few locals who had never been here during a rainstorm and they were just as fascinated. Then, nearly as abruptly as the water started flowing, it stopped entirely. The waterfalls were gone and the only evidence of passing rain was damp sand under our feet.

Coke ovens, fins, and canyon walls at Colorado National Monument.

We stayed at the Grand Junction KOA while visiting the area. For more information about Colorado National Monument, visit the National Park Service website.

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Shari Voigt

Shari Voigt is an author, website developer, and marketing consultant. She's been working and living on the road with her husband Gerald since July 25, 2013. When she's not working on the latest marketing idea for herself or her customers, she's exploring new places and meeting new people from all over the USA.