With a name of Colorado National Monument, international visitors expect to find a monument statue but the name is just the title of the part, which is part of the National Park Service.
- The park offers 45 miles of trails from short walks to all-day treks.
- Desert bighorn sheep, coyotes and collared lizards are sighted throughout the park.
- Ideal for photographers, trying to capture the changing colors of the cliffs and rock formations.
- Organize a picnic on Saddlehorn Picnic Area or Devils Kitchen Picnic Area
- Throughout the park, interpretive signs are available to visitors about the geology and geography
Suggestions on exploring the park
- Driving through the park is an easy way to take in the views
- Hiking through the park is another way to check out the park
- Sunrise is an ideal time to drive up and have a early breakfast
- Sunset allows visitors to enjoy the solitude of the park
At a minimum, it takes about one hour to drive through the park, then add another hour to stop by through scenic overlooks.
Camping fee of $20 is offered to first-come, first served campers.
Backcountry camping permits are free at the visitor's center.
Entrance fees cost $10 for private vehicle and it is good for seven days.
Colorado National Monument
1750 Rimrock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521
Tip #1 Check the website for free days.
Tip #2 Stop by the visitor's center for the day's activities. It could include a ranger-led hike or lecture about the geology of the land. It's also a good way to check the current weather on possible flash floods.
Tip #3 Short on time, check out Otto's Trail. From the visitor's center, drive on mile to the parking area on the left. Follow this level trail to an overlook of Monument and Wedding Canyons. It is an easy trail with 0.5 mile one way, about 50 feet).
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