Sustainability has been a part of the National Park Service Mission Statement since its inception in 1916:
Colorado National Monument is committed to conserve the natural wonders and resources within and beyond our boundaries. Colorado National Monument continues to reach for improvements everyday in all the ways we use energy, recycle materials, and conserve natural resources.
In the summer of 2012, Colorado National Monument installed a water bottle filling station at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center to help reduce disposable water bottle waste. Every year Colorado National Monument staff pick up discarded water bottles all along Historic Rim Rock Drive, and throughout our canyons.
Did You Know?
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.