Colorado National Monument – Hiking

Colorado National Monument - Hiking

With breathtaking overlooks and trailheads scattered along the road, the Colorado National Monument offers numerous day hiking opportunities to show off its finest features.

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Length:  Varies – 0.5 to 14 Miles Round Trip
Trailhead(s):  Rim Rock Drive & Overlooks; Saddlehorn Campground; Saddlehorn Visitor Center.
Elevation Gain:  Varies From 200′ to 1,750′
Trail Type:  Out and Back
Dogs:  Not Allowed on Trails.
Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate/Strenuous
Permit Required?  Yes – National Park Entrance Fee $35
Considerations:  Heat; Flash Floods; Mountain Lions; Rattlesnakes & Scorpions.
Season:  Year Round


The Colorado National Monument is a treasure begging to be explored.  Although this treasure is gorgeous and much is visible from the overlooks, there is so much more to see.  As such, park periodically and check out some of the hidden delights you can’t see from the road or the overlooks.  You won’t be disappointed.


Rim Rock Drive is a spectacular 23 mile drive through the red rock canyons of the Colorado National Monument.  In light of this, the monument is a popular car tour.  It is important to realize, however, that the Colorado National Monument keeps its most special treasures for those who take to its trails.


Trail options range from pretty darned flat and short, to steep, long, and technical.  What is there to see?  Well, for one, even on the short, easy trails we can quickly get to wonderful overlooks which have better and closer views of marvelous vistas, side canyons, and rock formations than we can see from the road.  Additionally, hiking here gets us up close and personal with some of its most interesting formations such as Coke Ovens,  Independence Monument, Window Rock, Pipe Organ, and Praying Hands, to name drop just a few.  Bottom line, it’s worth your time to spend some time on the trails in this singularly beautiful national monument.

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