Rim Rock Drive is OPEN - Visitor Center is OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rim Rock Drive is OPEN Be on the lookout for Desert Bighorn Sheep along Rim Rock Drive. There also may be minor traffic delays near the East Entrance over the coming weeks. Watch for construction flaggers on the roadway.
Bicyclist Loses Control On Rim Rock Drive
On Saturday afternoon, August 22, Stanley Dodson, age 65, of Madison, Wisconsin, lost control of his bike while riding down the east hill of Rim Rock Drive, approximately 1 mile from the monument's east entrance station.
Two bicyclists riding up the hill observed Mr. Dodson traveling downhill at about 25 mph before he lost control and impacted the pavement. The bicyclists called 911 and a Grand Junction Fire Department ambulance and a National Park Service ranger immediately responded to the accident scene.
Mr. Dodson was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. On Sunday afternoon, August 23, Mr. Dodson passed away.
The staff of Colorado National Monument extends their heartfelt condolences to Mr. Dodson’s family. This marks the first time a serious bicycling accident has resulted in a bicyclist fatality in the history of the monument.
Did You Know?
Colorado National Monument is located near the northeast corner of the Colorado Plateau, an arid semi-desert region located between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin of Nevada. The average elevation of the entire Colorado Plateau is over 5,000 feet! More...