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37 mi 60 km of trail 8 Featured Runs

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 13 Trails Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 4 Trails

Towering over the American West, the monoliths of Colorado National Monument rise above a vast plateau. The striking red rock, sheer canyon walls, and incredible spires create an unforgettable panorama. While the desert landscape appears barren at first glance, big horn sheep, collared lizards, and eagles all call the area home. Whether you make your way into the backcountry or follow the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, Colorado National Monument provides an amazing escape.

To learn more about the Colorado National Monument, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Saddlehorn Visitor Center: 9 am to 4:30 pm, open daily

Visiting Tips

Colorado National Monument is open year round, 24 hours a day (closed December 25). Information about temporary or storm closures can be found by calling the park hotline at (970) 858-3617.

The most popular times to visit the park are during the spring and fall, when temperatures are moderate. Though hot in the summer months, winter months bring cold temperatures and snowfall.

Fees and Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

If you'd like to extend your visit to Colorado National Monument overnight, there is one campground that operates within the Monument. The Saddlehorn Campground is open year-round and features both first-come, first-serve sites, as well as reservable sites. Sites are suitable for recreational vehicles as well as tents. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-(877) 444-6777.

Food & Drink

There are no places to purchase food or beverages within the monument, but the nearby towns of Fruita and Grand Junction have many options for a variety of tastes.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Buffalo Wild Wings Fried pickles, always good, liked the honey bbq, parm, and hot sauce's, the buffalo rub was tasty, and a couple beers to wash it all down. :)
Olive Garden It was packed. Never did get my iced tea. We finally left without our leftovers as no one returned to the table after we paid.
Outback Steakhouse Great food. Love the Sirloin Steak with Shrimp on the barbie, delish.
Famous Dave's This place always has the best bbq, and the bartenders rock!
Genghis Grill An excellent "build your own stir fry" place!
Noodles & Company No wifi! Forget getting a few emails sent at lunch. Un-American. ;)
Chili's Grill & Bar Check in & get a free order of chips & salsa
Cafe Rio Delicious guacamole!
Jimmy John's Warning: this Jimmy John's does not have crushed ice.
Chick-fil-A Great good and service
Qdoba Mexican Grill Mmmmm Queso Steak Burrito........
Pablo's Pizza Be sure and sit where you can watch them make the pizza's...
Chipotle Mexican Grill Drop business card in fish bowl to win burritos for your office
Randy's South Side Diner Great breakfast
Dream Cafe Best food on Main Street! I eat here weekly. Certain servers are amazing and some so so. Thanks to the chefs and people behind the scenes! -jscott
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Sign up online for a Red Royalty card and get a FREE appetizer. I did it while waiting for my food and used it right away.
Einstein Bros Bagels Spinach florentine bagel with roasted tomato and basil schmear is AMAZING!!!
Costa Vida Sweet pork is to die for! Never had anything like it!
Nepal Restaurant Nepali & Indian Cuisine Great lunch buffet...reasonably priced.

Other Activities

Year round there are a variety of activities available to visitors of the Colorado National Monument. Take a drive along the historic Rim Rock Drive and stop along the way to picnic among ancient sandstones and desert flora and fauna. If you're looking to escape from the every day, there are many popular places to rock climb, cycle, and hike, and it is easy to get off of the beaten track. Spectacular especially at dawn and dusk, the Monument is the perfect location to practice photography skills, or to simply appreciate the unique desert landscape. Visit Colorado National Monument's website for more information on the park's other activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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Trails in Colorado National Monument - 18

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3.0 mi 4.8 km
#1 The Ribbon
Orchard Mesa, CO
3.0 mi 4.8 km Orchard Mesa, CO
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Fruita, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Fruita, CO
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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#3 Otto's Trail
Fruita, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km Fruita, CO
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4.1 mi 6.6 km
#4 Ute Canyon Trail
Redlands, CO
4.1 mi 6.6 km Redlands, CO
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1.3 mi 2.2 km
#5 Corkscrew Trail
Redlands, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km Redlands, CO
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Fruita, CO
5.7 mi 9.2 km Fruita, CO
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Redlands, CO
0.3 mi 0.5 km Redlands, CO
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#8 Canyon Rim Trail
Fruita, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Fruita, CO
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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#9 Coke Ovens Trail
Redlands, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km Redlands, CO
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0.3 mi 0.5 km
#10 Window Rock Trail
Fruita, CO
0.3 mi 0.5 km Fruita, CO
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Redlands, CO
5.1 mi 8.3 km Redlands, CO
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Fruita, CO
0.4 mi 0.7 km Fruita, CO
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0.7 mi 1.2 km
#13 CCC Trail
Redlands, CO
0.7 mi 1.2 km Redlands, CO
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0.8 mi 1.3 km
#14 Echo Canyon Trail
Redlands, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km Redlands, CO
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3.7 mi 5.9 km
#15 Old Gordon Trail
Redlands, CO
3.7 mi 5.9 km Redlands, CO
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4.9 mi 7.9 km
#16 Bench Route
Redlands, CO
4.9 mi 7.9 km Redlands, CO
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2.0 mi 3.2 km
#17 Fruita Dugway
Fruita, CO
2.0 mi 3.2 km Fruita, CO
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Fruita, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km Fruita, CO
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52 days ago

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