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.
Colorado National Monument will Reopen the Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive
Colorado National Monument will Reopen
The Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive
at 2:00 p.m. Today
Friday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m., Colorado National Monument will reopen the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic. Earlier today, the Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive was plowed, sanded, and cleared of up to 5 inches of snow. Please use caution. Expect winter driving conditions with some patches of snow and ice.
During the winter months be prepared to encounter ice and snow conditions at any time and in any location on Rim Rock Drive even when roads in the valley are clear. Be especially alert for ice on the switchbacks on both the east and west hills of Rim Rock Drive.
Information on future developing storms and temporary road closures can be found by calling Colorado National Monument's Winter Information Hotline at 970-858-3617, ext 402.
Did You Know?
The common raven displays abilities to play and problem solve rare among animals. This member of the crow family is also very vocal, using a variety of sounds for communication. Perhaps because of these qualities, ravens have achieved a certain stature in both European and American Indian folklore.