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Otto's Trail

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 4.4 (5)

A quick descent along the mesa-top to gorgeous views of four monoliths and Monument Canyon.


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0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

85%

Runnable

5,824' 1,775 m

High

5,676' 1,730 m

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Up

148' 45 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

9%

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Description

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.

Flora & Fauna

Typical to this area, Utah juniper, pinyon pine, and sagebrush are in abundance along Otto's Trail.

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Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 5 votes

#6891

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  4.4 from 5 votes
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#575

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#6,891

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Photos

Otto's Trail Overlook, Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Colorado. with permission from Richard Ryer
Jul 21, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Independence Monument, Colorado
Feb 2, 2016 near Fruita, CO
The view from Otto's Trail down toward Grand Junction, Colorado. with permission from Richard Ryer
Jul 14, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Monument Canyon, Colorado National Monument. with permission from G Eaton
Jun 28, 2016 near Fruita, CO

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