Photos: Colorado National Monuments and Parks you can't visit because of idiot politicians
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.
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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.Canyons of the Ancients 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
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.Continue for more about Colorado National Monuments and Parks you can't visit right now because of idiotic politicians.
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