• View from the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Jeff Kochevar


    National Monument Colorado

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    Alcove Nature Trail CLOSED for reconstruction until further notice.

Exploring the Evidence

Constructive and Deconstructive Forces
Flash Floods!

Watch the following videos of floods in the Monument. Notice the amount of sediment the water is carrying. After the water recedes, what evidence would you expect to see?

On your field trip, during your hike in No Thoroughfare canyon, look for evidence of flash flooding in the past.







Did You Know?

climbers on Independence Monument

Each Independence Day, local climbers scale the iconic Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument and raise an American flag on top. This tradition dates back to early park promoter John Otto, whose route up Independence Monument climbers still follow.