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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.

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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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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#2 Otto's Trail
Fruita, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km Fruita, CO
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Fruita, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Fruita, CO
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Fruita, CO
5.8 mi 9.4 km Fruita, CO
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#5 Ute Canyon Trail
Redlands, CO
4.1 mi 6.6 km Redlands, CO
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#6 Corkscrew Trail
Redlands, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km Redlands, CO
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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#7 Coke Ovens Trail
Redlands, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km Redlands, 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
#9 Canyon Rim Trail
Fruita, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Fruita, CO
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#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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#12 CCC Trail
Redlands, CO
0.7 mi 1.2 km Redlands, CO
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Fruita, CO
0.4 mi 0.7 km Fruita, CO
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#14 Echo Canyon Trail
Redlands, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km Redlands, CO
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#15 Old Gordon Trail
Redlands, CO
3.7 mi 5.9 km Redlands, CO
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#16 Bench Route
Redlands, CO
4.9 mi 7.9 km Redlands, CO
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#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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