• 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.

Rim Rock Drive Timeline

Rim Rock Drive timeline (18.6 KB pdf)

Rim Rock Drive timeline
John Otto on the trail
Trailblazer John Otto.
Rim Rock Drive timeline
Preparing the road cushion
Preparing the road cushion.
Rim Rock Road timeline
Masonry workers
Masonry work from the 1930s still exists today.
Rim Rock Drive timeline
Workers on Rim Rock Drive
Rock work on Rim Rock Drive.
Rim Rock Drive timeline
The fence crew
The fence crew.
The bison fence
The bison fence.
Rim Rock Drive timeline
Rim Rock Drive timeline
Cold Shivers crew
The crew at Cold Shivers.
Serpents Trail
The road becomes Serpents Trail.
Rim Rock Drive timeline
Trail of the Serpent
Trail of the Serpent.

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.