Anvil Point

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The view from the top of the Anvil Points on the Roan Plateau is one of the most stunning in Colorado - not to mention one where you can drive right up to it yet still have it all to yourself. Looking down a 4,000-foot cliff to the Colorado River below, with the rolling forests and grasslands of the Roan Plateau behind you, the Anvil Points area is a great place to explore for a day or watch the sunrise or sunset. Directions: Anvil Points can be accessed by Cow Creek Road (CR 249), the dirt road that runs along the edge of the Bookcliffs for most of the length of the Roan Plateau. To reach Anvil Points from the top of the JQS Trail, turn left onto CR 249 and drive about 6 miles to the south and west. The views are stunning all along. One of the best places to get out and walk is about 4 miles past the intersection with the JQS Trail, where a foot/horse only trail splits off to the left and follows the cliffs for about a 1/2 mile. A 4-Wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Both JQS Road and Cow Creek Road can be reached off of Highway 13.

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