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.
Join Us for National Get Outdoors Fee-Free Day
As part of National Get Outdoors Day, Colorado National Monument is offering free entrance on June 9, 2012. All entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees and transportation entrance fees will be waived for the day. Normally, a seven-day pass to Colorado National Monument is $10 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.
The fee free day is in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, which offers opportunities for visitors to experience outdoor activities. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to encourage first-time visitors and families to visit public lands and also to reconnect young people with nature. National Get Outdoors Day began in 2008 to encourage the American people to dedicate a single day to being outdoors and experience nature. These outdoor experiences motivate people to spend more time outdoors throughout other times of the year.
During the fee-free day, Colorado National Monument will offer several ranger-led programs throughout the day:
9:00 a.m. Rock and Stroll
10:00 a.m. Monumental People
11:00 a.m. Join a Ranger
2:00 p.m. Carving the Canyons
3:00 p.m. Life in the Desert
6:00 p.m. Centennial Band Concert
7:00 p.m. Saturday Nights with a Ranger
During the fee-free day, visitors can also take advantage of a 10% discount on all items in the Colorado National Monument Association bookstore located at the Visitor Center.
In addition to the June date, other upcoming fee free dates in 2012 include National Public Lands Day (September 29) and Veterans Day Weekend (November 10 - 12). To learn more about fee-free days in all 397 national park units around the country, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Did You Know?
Independence Monument is all that remains of a continuous ridge that once formed a wall between Monument and Wedding Canyons. A cap of durable Kayenta rock has protected this picturesque 450 feet (137 meters) high monolith from the relentless erosion that carried away the surrounding rock.