.... it is like my back yard. :0)
Thank you, it really is a beautiful place right next to the city of Grand Junction.
Back in 1993, I spent an hour in Colorado National Monument. For the next couple of decades, I flew to Grand Junction on numerous occasions to go to Moab, Ouray, Telluride, Silverton etc. but never to stay in Grand Junction itself until 2 weeks ago. I am glad I did. Spent a wonderful week exploring this beautiful park.
I am blessed to live in this area, and have enjoyed all the places you mentioned. I literally drive through the CNM every day and stop often for an after work hike.
Glad you enjoyed your visits.