If you like the Grand Canyon, you might just love the Colorado National Monument outside of Grand Junction.Gorgeous red rock gorges (pun intended) just outside the city. Lots of hiking trails long and short. We drove the twelve mile loop and did many of the sort hikes from the parking area to the overlooks.
Don't let anyone tell you that dry heat is more comfortable. It was H-O-T, but we enjoyed our day. I'll be sharing this at Seasonal Sundays