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Photos: Colorado National Monuments and Parks you can't visit because of idiot politicians

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It's day three of the partial federal government shutdown, and at this writing, thousands of workers assigned to what are regarded as nonessential gigs are off the job -- including everyone assigned to Colorado's seven National Monuments and four National Parks, which will remain closed until the situation is resolved. What are potential visitors missing? Only some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Look below for photos and Colorado.com text celebrating all eleven of these sites. Reading about them is likely to make you even angrier at our nation's politicians.

Colorado National Monument

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Why Go?: Picturesque Colorado lives here. Don't blink, because with colorfully striated cliff walls, rock arches, high mesas and ample wildlife, there's a magnificent sight everywhere you look in the Colorado National Monument.

Don't Miss: The geology of the site appeals to rock hounds and landscape lovers alike. View the varied formations by taking the winding 23-mile Rim Rock Drive along the plateau, where wind and water-sculpted sandstone greet you around every turn.

Around the Park: The Colorado National Monument is a gateway to the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway. Prehistoric rock art is found along this route, as are many dinosaur excavation sites where museum-quality bones have been extracted.

Nearby Cities: Grand Junction, Fruita

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
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Why Go?: Culturally rich Canyons of the Ancients National Monument holds the distinction of having the highest density of archaeological sites in the country. Come for the Ancestral Puebloan history and stay for the unspoiled land of Colorado's high desert. It's not everywhere that culture, history and pure nature can mingle so well. This monument is perfect if you want to get away from it all and be enveloped in the quiet of the outdoors.

Don't Miss: The Lowry Pueblo is the only developed recreation site within the monument. With interpretive signs and brochures on-site, you can take a self-guided tour of a historic Ancestral Puebloan structure.

Around the Park: Drive the areas that Ancestral Puebloans once explored on foot, on the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway that circles Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Make sure to visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, a nearby stop that will help shed light on the history and legend of the people who once settled the area. Full of informative displays and cultural facts, a visit here gives people a greater respect for those who came centuries before.

Nearby City: Cortez

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Betel Eli Guese
Betel Eli Guese

EVERYBODY REPEAT AFTER ME.............CONGRESS. thats right we can say it........CONGRESS. stop blaming parties.

Frank Catalfano
Frank Catalfano

If you get rid of Obama , Reid and some others PROBLEM SOLVED

Jason Breault
Jason Breault

im sure after this it will be by by republicans you had a good run not

JD Edwards
JD Edwards

Yes Matthew, absolutely correct sir!

Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

i actually blame Osama Bin Laden for this whole mess...i will not 'displace' my anger onto my those trying to save our butts...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

The sheeple will get a clue sooner or later--probably when someone comes and takes all the toys they didn't pay for but think they have a right to.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Wow...nothing like yellow "journalism" and the left blaming the right for taking away the crayons they didn't pay for and won't in a million years!

Rob Karnisky
Rob Karnisky

Someone should reopen the parks - I don't care if it's the Fed or the state or the Koch brothers, as long as someone does it. And I blame the Supreme Court for this mess, because the Citizen's United decision enabled the far right to elect idiots and imbeciles to Congress.

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

Doug Lamborn is one of the 80 House Republicans in the Suicide Caucus, who came up with the idea of withholding government funding to stop the ACA.  His District is suffering the most in the entire country.  19% of its inhabitants are out of a job during the shutdown.  They voted for him, they get what they deserve.

Devin Moore
Devin Moore

Sadly, I have to say that I think National Monuments and Parks should remain shut down until the government reopens... Here's why: National Parks and Monuments are great destinations for vacations and getting in touch with nature, they are meant for all Americans and visitors to America to enjoy. However, it's our own fault for electing these same idiots over and over again. This is land is your land, this land is my land, and this is your fault and it is mine. WAKE UP AMERICA.

Patricia Reitsma
Patricia Reitsma

No - they aren't essential any more than the military academy football games. Shutting them down is the only way the general public can realize this is serious .Idealy the TSA and air traffic controllers should also be shut down. The "pick and choose" doesn't put near enough pressure on Congress. Those of us that are furloughed want to get back to work.

Lee M Hemminger
Lee M Hemminger

You can't cherry pick what to fund in the government.....fund everything and end this mess.

Alicia Keyser
Alicia Keyser

I blame congress. The whole frickin' incompetent lot of 'em.

Matthew Werner
Matthew Werner

this is bullshit and shows an even deeper issue. how is it that the failure of a human institution somehow means you cannot go enjoy nature? its that idea that we can own land. louis and clark would be shitting their pants in disbelief

jlcrook
jlcrook

Duh--why did you leave out the national historic sites?  Bent's Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre site?  I mean, really dudes.

WhirledPeasPlease
WhirledPeasPlease

Like we really need the Forest Service and Park Rangers to tell us how to enjoy our natural lands... NOT!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Are you so retarded that you cant walk in a park with out the governments approval?

Don Finley
Don Finley

It's the founding fathers fault for not making America a one party system, right Judi?

Judi Thornton
Judi Thornton

the 80 crazy tea party people that have no idea what the real world is like...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Kathy Wedzik I'm having a hard time connecting overreaction to Osama Bin Laden with the budget impasse and closing national parks.

JDGM
JDGM

@Cognitive_DissidentDo you even read? The post doesn't point fingers at the right or the left. 

It calls out all politicians for being idiots and sticking us for their ineptitude as "leaders". If you can't agree with that, you're not paying attention.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Patricia Reitsma Those who are furloughed should realize that their job will be the first to go when the government wakes up and stops spending more than it's collecting in tribute.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Lee M Hemminger Where do you intend to get the money, deep pockets?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Matthew Werner Because the feds want to demonstrate how much "we need them."

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Charles Gleason   No shit dude.  Too many people can't wipe their ass without government help and it gets worse daily.  

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Michael Buddy Gallegos Jr Yes, posts like yours, which fix all the world's problems with your brilliant analysis of the situation.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Michael Buddy Gallegos Jr   And then there are the brain dead, right bud?  Is "teapublican" an original thought or simply a regurgitation by a mindless toady?  

Don't you think that both parties are to blame?  Seriously!  

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Judi Thornton Yeah, so crazy! How dare they stop the massive runaway spending that's bankrupting the nation!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Judi Thornton   Golly judi, you're not a bigot are you?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JDGM @Cognitive_Dissident I'm having a difficult time taking your question seriously. If I don't read, I'm not responding to the article. Do you cogitate? Inquiring minds want to know! I sure as hell cannot agree with that, because I don't believe the impasse is stupid at all. 

The House of Representatives holds the Power of the Purse (perhaps you've heard of it) and it's their responsibility to control the runaway spending. They've done a lousy job of it thus far, and this impasse is exactly what's required to stop it!

Something you might want to think about is that if the federal government hadn't claimed ownership of the land and hadn't decided it's somehow necessary for them to "manage" the wild, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Funny how the land run by the nature conservancy isn't at issue right now.

You should think about topics like this one before being a smartass.

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