I saw the western terminus of I-70, at its junction with I-15 near Cove Fort, UT.
Here is I-70’s 0th mile:
Driving through Utah, I was surprised to see scenic pull-offs along the interstate, so I made a point of stopping at each.
I saw Castle Valley,
and then I climbed about halfway out onto a peninsula jutting into Spotted Wolf Canyon.
[That’s I-70 curving through the canyon below.]
I stopped in Fruita to see one site, but ended up visiting two. First was Dinosaur Hill:
Dinosaur Hill is where most of an apatosaurus skeleton was discovered in 1900-1901. The skeleton has been displayed for over 100 years at the Field Museum in Chicago. I climbed up and around the hill. Here is the view from the top; the Colorado River can be seen in the first frames:
In the back of Dinosaur Hill is a monument to Elmer Riggs for his 1901 discovery.
It was a nice climb and circuit, at a place of great paleontological significance.
Right nearby Dinosaur Hill is Colorado National Monument, which has about ten canyons all in a row near one another! Near the Fruita Entrance is Balanced Rock:
I walked out on Otto’s Trail to get a good view into Wedding and Monument Canyons. Independence Monument is between the two canyons:
And Otto’s Rock, or the Pipe Organ, is also right there near the end of the trail.
Next up, along Rim Rock Drive, were the Coke Ovens:
There was a pretty view from Artist’s Point:
Here is Ute Canyon:
And Red Rock Canyon:
I exited the park toward Grand Junction, Colorado, then drove on toward Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
All these features are part of the Colorado Plateau, a relatively flat area (compared to the mountains around it, anyway) drained by the Colorado River. The Colorado Plateau is home to an amazing fifteen national parks and monuments, so I shall have to visit again!