More than Just a Name, the Monument is an Identity

The Iconic (and somewhat cornball) Munchies Monument Mural

The Iconic (and somewhat cornball) Munchies Monument Mural

To the people of the Grand Valley, the Colorado National Monument is more than just a visually stunning and culturally important patch of land to be designated this or that by politicians, it’s part of our regional identity. From its inception, the name of the Colorado National Monument has seeped into the lore, the history and the headings of Western Colorado.

Proponents say, “It’s only a name change.” That assertion is ludicrous from both political and economic standpoints, but it’s also a blow to the unique identity built up over a century by those who have lived in the shadow of the Colorado National Monument.

A certain proponent recently stated that “Rim Rock Canyons National Park” has a nice ring to it. Friends of the Colorado National Monument would disagree, as well as the scores of institutions and businesses which have taken its name.

  • Fruita Monument High School
  • The Monument Unit at Grand Mesa Youth Services
  • Monument Village Subdivision
  • Monument Aircraft Services
  • Monument Amusement and Vending Corp
  • Monument Assisted Living
  • Monument Baptist Church
  • Monument Blind and Shutter
  • Monument Cleaners
  • Monument Executive Center
  • Monument Grinding
  • Monument Garage Door
  • Monument Graphics and Communications
  • Monument Homes
  • Monument Inkjet, LLC
  • Monument Inn
  • Monument Laminated Surfaces
  • Monument Little League
  • Monument Medical Consultants
  • Monument Oil Co.
  • Monument Oral and Facial Surgery, P.C.
  • Monument Powder Coating
  • Monument Preschool
  • Monument Presbyterian Church
  • Monument Realty, Inc.
  • Monument Ridge Townhomes
  • Monument RV Resort
  • Monument Storage
  • Monument Survey Company
  • Monument Transportation
  • Monument Truck Repair
  • Monument Valley Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Monument Valley Properties, LLC
  • Monument View Bible Church
  • Monument Valley Liquor
  • Monument Well
  • Monument Well Service Company
  • Monument Wigs and Breast Forms
  • Monument Yoga
  • Monumental Smiles
  • Monumental Events and Tickets

…and there are others.

The Colorado National Monument is our local treasure. A risky redesignation to national park is not just an insult to common sense, its an insult to who we are.

The Fruita Allosaurus on Munchies Monument Mural

The Fruita Allosaurus on Munchies Monument Mural

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