Walks and Talks Series



Colorado National Monument’s Walks and Talks are a series of various lectures and guided educational hikes within the monument.  All are free to the public, but some have sign-up lists in order to keep groups to a manageable size. $20 entrance fee to the park is required.


April 20th-28th– National Park Week


April 20th– Fee Free Day

Junior Ranger Day– 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Saddlehorn Visitor Center

10:00 am -11:00 am, there will be a geology program for kid and families.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm, join in on a fun activity designing your own personalized National Park Service arrowhead symbol from provided photos. Both programs are on the back porch of the visitor center. Fee-free day. No registration required.


Colorado National Monument Cacti

May 1rst- 6:30 pm- 7:30 p.m.Don Campbell, the “Cactus Man” will share his expertise and help you identify the recently-blooming cacti you’ve been admiring on your hikes. This talk will take place in the visitor center’s auditorium. Registration is required.


Morning Geology Hike

May 9th– 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Meet at Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Area

Hike with geologist and former ranger Don Regan for 1.5 mile moderately strenuous hike to explore a natural rock formation of huge boulders.  This hike will be approx. 2 hrs. round trip.  

Pre-registration required. Limit of 15 hikers. 


Geology and History Hike on Black Ridge

May 11th– 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Meet at Upper Monument Canyon Trailhead

Hike the CCC and Black Ridge trails with geologists and former rangers Don Regan and Hank Schoch. This hike will be approx. 4-5 miles round trip on moderately strenuous trails to see geological oddities and Civilian Conservation Corps history.  Hike duration: approx. 3+ hrs. out and back.

Pre-registration required. Limit of 15 hikers.   


Explore the Principles of Leave No Trace

May 18th– 2 p.m.- 3 p.m. Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Area

Ever wonder how to recreate outdoors in the most environmentally ethical way? Have you heard of Leave No Trace? This talk will share how to camp, hike, and explore in the desert in a way that will leave nature untouched and just as beautiful for generations to come. Please register for this event.


May 24th- 11 a.m. – COLM’s Birthday

John Otto Hike– Join us in celebrating COLM’s 108th birthday by attending a special guided hike on Otto’s Trail given by Ranger Miki. She will lead an easy-going 1 mile hike while telling the story of the origin of our park and providing anecdotes about our park founder, John Otto. Please register for this event.


For more information on all programs or to reserve your spot, call (970) 858-3617 ext 360.


All programs are open to the public and free of charge. There is an entrance fee of $20 per vehicle to Colorado National Monument or use your annual pass. Participants on hikes will be required to sign an acknowledgment of Risk Liability Waiver.


All events are sponsored by the National Park Service at Colorado National Monument. Support is provided by Colorado National Monument Association, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit educational organization which helps support educational, scientific, historic, and research projects at Colorado National Monument. CNMA membership helps support educational programs at Colorado National Monument.


More events are currently in planning and will be added as soon as dates and times are set, so keep checking back!