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Colorado National Monument protects 32 square miles of wilderness near Grand Junction, Colorado. The reason for this area’s preservation is Monument Canyon, which runs north to south through the park and houses sandstone formations that have inspired names like Window Rock, Praying Hands, and Kissing Couple. Most notable is Independence Monument, a 450-foot spire at the heart of Monument Canyon.

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Devils Kitchen: trail description, photos, GPS map, and directions to this rock grotto along No Thoroughfare Canyon in Colorado National Monument Colorado National Monument, Gods Creation, Wilderness, Mount Rushmore, Trail, Park, Usa, Places, Kitchen

Devils Kitchen Trail in Colorado National Monument

Devils Kitchen Trail is located near the south end of Colorado National Monument at the bottom of rugged No Thoroughfare Canyon. This 1.2-mile hike ascends 225 feet to visits an intriguing rock formation on the side of the canyon where tall boulders have enclosed a rock grotto. No Thoroughfare Canyon Two junctions are along the way and the path gets faint toward the end, so follow the directions on this one. Devils Kitchen Trail starts out quite level, actually loosing 20 feet of

Coke Ovens: trail description, photos, GPS map, and directions for this hike to a rock formation on the wall of Monument Canyon in Colorado National Monument Colorado National Monument, Round Trip, Ovens, Coke, Wilderness, Grand Canyon, Trail, Hiking, Vacation

Coke Ovens Trail in Colorado National Monument

Coke Oven's Trail shares a trailhead with Monument Canyon Trail and the collection of rock domes can be visited as their own destination or as a side attraction on a longer trek into Monument Canyon. The hike to Coke Ovens is one-mile round trip with 180 feet of elevation loss. From the turnout along Rim Rock Drive, begin hiking east into the canyon. After descending switchbacks for 0.14 miles, make a right at the junction and follow the dirt path across the ledge to Coke

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Monument Canyon Trail to Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument

Monument Canyon Trail is six miles long in one direction, dropping from Rim Rock Drive across Monument Canyon to a second trailhead on the eastern edge of the park. Three and a half miles (and 850 vertical feet) from the top, the trail passes Independence Monument, the largest freestanding rock formation in the park. A popular hike along Monument Canyon Trail is a 7-mile out and back from Rim Rock Drive to Independence Monument. The hike passes another notable natural monument named

Monument Canyon: trail description, photos, GPS map, and directions for hike passing Kissing Couple and Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument Canyon Colorado, Colorado National Monument, Road Trip Destinations, Kissing, Gps Map, Monument Valley, Trail, Places To Visit, Couple

Monument Canyon Trail to Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument

Monument Canyon Trail is six miles long in one direction, dropping from Rim Rock Drive across Monument Canyon to a second trailhead on the eastern edge of the park. Three and a half miles (and 850 vertical feet) from the top, the trail passes Independence Monument, the largest freestanding rock formation in the park. A popular hike along Monument Canyon Trail is a 7-mile out and back from Rim Rock Drive to Independence Monument. The hike passes another notable natural monument named

Otto's Trail: description, photos, GPS map, and directions to a great view of Independence Monument in Monument Canyon at the heart of Colorado National Monument Colorado National Monument, Colorado Trail, Trail Maps, Great View, Country Roads, Outdoor, Vacation, Usa, Outdoors

Otto’s Trail in Colorado National Monument

Otto's Trail is one of the shorter hikes along Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument. Like Window Rock Trail, this 0.75-mile stroll descends gradually to a cliff overlooking Monument Canyon. The view showcases Independence Monument, the tallest freestanding formation in the canyon, and a point of fascination for visitors dating back to the first park supervisor, John Otto, for whom this trail is named. From the turnout on Rim Rock Drive one mile south of Saddlehorn Visitor

Alcove Nature Trail: description, photos, GPS map, and directions for this informative hike near Saddlehorn Visitor Center in Colorado National Monument Colorado National Monument, Gods Creation, Mother Nature, Alcove, Wilderness, Utah, Trail, To Go, Hiking

Alcove Nature Trail in Colorado National Monument

Across the road from the park visitor center (and Canyon Rim Trail) is Alcove Nature Trail. This track is set back from the canyon rim, which limits views of the great landscape. What this trail offers instead is an informative hike with numbered markers that coincide with entries in a guide booklet. The entries describe plants and animals in the park as well as the geological history. This level one-mile round trip trail is less scenic that others in the park but is perfect for

Canyon Rim Trail: description, photos, GPS map and directions for this hike behind Saddlehorn Visitor Center with excellent views of Monument Canyon, Colorado Colorado National Monument, Round Trip, Wilderness, Grand Canyon, Trail, Hiking, Vacation, Park, Summer

Canyon Rim Trail in Colorado National Monument

For a view of Praying Hands, Independence Monument, and the other statuesque monoliths in Monument Canyon, take a stroll along Canyon Rim Trail. The track crosses the canyon rim between Saddlehorn Visitor Center and Book Cliff View, and is a great way to begin your visit of Colorado National Monument. The trail is half a mile one-way or one mile round trip. Additionally, the hike can be extended beyond Book Cliff View by hiking another quarter mile to Window Rock. No matter what

Window Rock: trail description, photos, GPS map, and directions to this fascinating point along Monument Canyon in Colorado National Monument Colorado National Monument, Gps Map, Wilderness, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Trail, Window, Rock, Windows

Window Rock Trail in Colorado National Monument

Window Rock Trail begins next to Bookcliff Shelter, not far from Saddlehorn Campground. The trail looks south into Monument Canyon and north over the cities below. This 1/3-mile round trip hike ends at a distinct point at the north end of the western wall of Monument Canyon where a natural window pierces the top of the cliff. Window Rock Window Rock Trail is wide and easy to follow, descending gradually about 60 vertical feet through a forest of Pinyon pines and Utah junipers. There

Rim Rock Drive: The scenic drive crosses Colorado National Monument. There are turnouts at several scenic overlooks and viewpoints Colorado National Monument, Far Away, Wilderness, Utah, Grand Canyon, To Go, Rock, Denver, Places

Rim Rock Drive Overlooks in Colorado National Monument

Rim Rock Drive is a 23-mile stretch of road crossing the rugged terrain of Colorado National Monument. The drive delivers dizzying cliff's edge views and is a memorable part of any visit to the park. The winding roadway plots an improbable course along the rim of Monument Canyon. Nineteen overlooks and fourteen trails are along the drive, which is the main artery through the park. Rim Rock Drive was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a Public Works Project and has

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Saddlehorn Campground in Colorado National Monument

Saddlehorn Campground: Camping in Colorado National Monument is availble at this 80-site campground with charcoal grills, flush toilets, and other amenities