Plan Your Visit
Colorado National Monument with its spectacular sweeping scenery is breathtaking and can be enjoyed on many levels and in many ways. Whether you have visited the Monument before or this will be your first trip, planning ahead is always a good idea. Weather can be tricky here, so check it before you leave and prepare accordingly.
If you wish to enjoy our Monument by vehicle, our 19 overlooks along Rim Rock Drive allow visitors to stop, take in unparalleled panoramic views and learn about the past from interpretive boards providing historical and geological information.
Experience the Monument in a little more up close and personal by biking or hiking throughout this “pocket-sized Grand Canyon.” Bicycling across Rim Rock Drive is a favorite for many locals, offering fresh air, varied grades, and a definite challenge. Those going on foot, hiking trails are abundant in the Monument and range from .25 to 8.5 miles one way. With at least 14 trails to choose from, there is a walk for everyone to enjoy. Hikers can pick from trails like “the Crookedest Road in the World,” Serpents Trail, which was part of the original road up into the Monument, or a more leisurely walk on the Alcove Nature Trail across from the Visitor Center. Those wanting a day-long trip might find passing under Independence Monument, Kissing Couple, and Coke Ovens monoliths on the Monument Canyon trail to their liking.
The tranquility and serenity of the Monument cannot help but impress all who stand and listen to its quiet beauty. Come and enjoy Colorado National Monument today.