National and State Register

Colorado National Monument

Located west of Grand Junction near the northern rim of the Uncompahgre Plateau, the 20,500 acre (32 square miles) area which is now the Colorado National Monument encompasses six canyons, each with distinctive cliffs and sandstone monoliths.  The monument was officially established by presidential proclamation in 1911.  Given the rugged terrain and relative remoteness, access to the monument was a problem for decades after its creation. 

The buildings, roads, and trails nominated here are important for their association with the history of the development of the area as a national monument.  Two primary historical themes characterize the evolution of the monument.  The first deals with the construction of various structures throughout the monument by Depression-era public relief agencies such as the Public Works Administration, the Works Progress Administration, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The second theme identifies the development of automobile routes and tourist access to the monument during its first 40 years.  (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1994.)