At Exit 19 in Fruita you will find the Western Slope Vietnam Memorial, along with the Colorado Welcome Center. Overlooking the memorial, is a TUH-1H Huey helicopter from Camp Robinson in Arkansas. The Huey is the symbol of the Vietnam Era, and the United States Army donated it for display. You can read more about the helicopter and how is was transported HERE.
Take the ‘Walk of Honor’ around the site. See the names, branches and other information about those who served, and those who were lost during the Vietnam Era. The names of the men from the Western Slope who were lost have a special representation incorporated into the memorial. Enjoy the ‘Welcome Home’ bronze sculpture, along with American & Colorado Flags, and Vietnam Service Ribbon displays. Check out the Park’s website HERE.
Across the parking lot, you’ll fine the Colorado Visitor’s Center where you can have a picnic, use the restroom and run through the sprinklers (at least that’s what we did!). There is also a number of placards with interesting info about Grand County and Butch Cassidy.
Enjoy your ’20 min’ stop, and pay respects to those who served during the Vietnam Era.
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