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 to Commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary
Step into History and Join us at the Monument to Commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary Saturday, May 21 at 11:00am.
Featured speakers and special guests will commemorate this special occasion and include United States Senator Mark Udall,
Program highlights will include the keynote address by United States Senator Mark Udall, a reenactment of John Otto, and an exclusive musical performance by the Grand Junction Symphony.
Immediately following the ceremony join us for the grand opening of the park's new visitor center exhibits.The new exhibits will feature many state of the art elements that highlight the Geology, Colorado Plateau, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Ute Indians, John Otto, and the Road Building Era, and will replace the original 47 year old exhibits.
Parking for the event will be available only at Saddlehorn Picnic Area and Saddlehorn Campground Loops. -Staff will direct cars to parking spaces – carpooling is encouraged- Shuttle buses will be available to transport attendees from the parking areas to the
For anyone planning to attend the ceremony you must arrive at the West Entrance Station beginning at 9:30am and no later than 10:15am to be able to drive up the west hill, park and get to the
Special reserved parking for disabled visitors will be available at the
In addition to parking at the Monument, free shuttle buses will be provided at the Dinosaur Journey Parking Lot in Fruita (taking the shuttle is encouraged).The free shuttle buses will transportattendees from the Dinosaur JourneyParking Lot in Fruita starting at 9:30am through 10:15am (last bus departs at 10:15am).Return shuttle buses will leave the Visitor Center Parking Lot starting at 1:30pm (last bus departs
2:30pm - 3:30pm
A complete description of the May 21st Centennial Celebration and other information regarding additional centennial events is available at www.nps.gov/colm or call (970) 858-3617, Ext. 360.
Did You Know?
John Otto's efforts almost a century ago continue to help visitors experience Colorado National Monument. Of the 40 miles of trails available to hikers in the monument, many of them were first built by original park custodian John Otto. More...