The western portion of Colorado is magical - I know Utah gets all the love for its desert, but Colorado boasts similar red rocks, canyons and layered formations, all awash in the scent of pinyon pine and juniper. It's heaven.
Here's a photo recap of my recent trip to Grand Junction/Fruita, the home of Colorado National Monument. It was July, and it was scorching hot, even at sunset. I can still feel the smothering heat as the sun dipped below the horizon.
The last rays of light hit the Bookcliffs east of town:
The rock formations sparkle up close:
Views from atop the Monument: