Window Rock Trail
ElevationAscent: 107' 33 m
Descent: -109' -33 m
High: 5,703' 1,738 m
Low: 5,594' 1,705 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A short, mesa-top loop with spectacular views of Monument and Wedding Canyons.”— Hunter R
Starting at the Window Rock Trail Parking Area, near the eastern side of Saddlehorn campground, descend moderately from the mesa-top through sparse pinyon pine and Utah juniper to the lookout near the cliff edge. Peer over the edge in wonder at Monument Canyon's towering sandstone monoliths as you take a break, maybe drink some water, and enjoy your surroundings. From this location, Independence Monument, the Pipe Organ, and Sentinel Spire can be seen to the south.
After enjoying the magnificent views from the lookout, continue along the trail, climbing gently through savory-smelling sagebrush back to the mesa-top and parking area.
For those wishing to extend their run, the Window Rock Trail can be connected with the Canyon Rim Trail for a round-trip journey.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Colorado National Monument