“A quick descent along the mesa-top to gorgeous views of four monoliths and Monument Canyon.
— Hunter R
Otto's Trail's succinct nature and breathtaking views make it a wonderful option for burgeoning runners, view-seekers, or those seeking the most "bang for their buck" during a short visit to Colorado National Monument.
Beginning at the Otto's Trail Roadside Parking Area, follow the trail along a mesa-top through scrubby Utah juniper and pinyon pine. Descend along the route for about a half-mile before reaching the fenced overlook near the Pipe Organ Monolith.
From this spot, four famous monoliths are visible: to the south lies Independence Monument, towering over 450 feet above the canyon floor, and to the north lies Pipe Organ, Sentinel Spire, and Window Rock.
Typical to this area, Utah juniper, pinyon pine, and sagebrush are in abundance along Otto's Trail.