Window Rock Lollipop Loop
ElevationAscent: 182' 55 m
Descent: -182' -55 m
High: 5,774' 1,760 m
Low: 5,647' 1,721 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“Head out on this run along the edge of the canyon rim with amazing views of Monument Canyon.”— Zander Göpfert
This area can get pretty crowded during early Spring and Fall. If you're going to run this during those times, start early!
Beginning alongside the visitor center, follow the trail along the canyon rim as you traverse scrubby desert landscapes to an overlook near Sentinel Spire. Behold the striking desert monoliths before you, towering hundreds of feet above the valley floor amidst a colorful canvas of sandstone walls.
Continuing on from Sentinel Spire, ascend gently to a junction with the Window Rock Trail. Continue along the Window Rock Trail as it descends 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. Continue along the trail as it loops back to the junction with the Canyon Rim Trail. Enjoy the same route from a new perspective as you return to the Visitor Center parking area.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Colorado National Monument