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August 06, 2013
Colorado National Monument invites the public to attend listening sessions
Listening session to be held in Glade Park on August 13th.

June 21, 2013
Listening Sessions to be held on July 9 and 10
Public meetings to explore visitor activities at Colorado National Monument will be held July 9 and 10.

January 14, 2013
Fee Free Day
Fee free day on January 21, 2013

January 11, 2013
Rim Rock Drive to Reopen
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:30 p.m., Colorado National Monument will reopen the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic.

January 11, 2013
Road Closure
Snow and wind force temporary closure of the upper portion of Rim Rock Drive.

December 24, 2012
Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive will be Closed Temporarily due to Winter Snowstorm
Monday, December 24, 2012 Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic due to hazardous driving conditions.

December 11, 2012
2012-2013 Winter Storm Response Plan for Rim Rock Drive
Winter has arrived at Colorado National Monument. All motorists and cyclists are reminded to use extra caution while traveling across Rim Rock Drive and should be prepared to encounter ice and snow conditions even when roads are clear in the Grand Valley. During winter snowstorms, Colorado National Monument may temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic.

December 07, 2012
Colorado National Monuments Visitor Center will be Temporarily Closed on Tuesday, December 11
Visitor Center will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, December 11. This temporary building closure will allow for shutting down the main power supply in the visitor center as part of an electrical upgrade, and installation of a new fire suppression and alarm system.

November 09, 2012
National Park Service will seek public input on a plan to manage Visitor Activities on Rim Rock Drive
The plan will outline a transparent process for NPS review of special events such as sporting events, bicycle tours, organized picnics and weddings. The plan will also address requests by private businesses to offer services in the monument.

November 05, 2012
Monument To Permit One-Way Vehicle Traffic During Rim Rock Marathon Saturday, November 10, 2012
Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument will be limited to one-way vehicle traffic on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the Rim Rock Marathon. One-way traffic only will be permitted from the west (Fruita) entrance to the east (Grand Junction) entrance.

November 05, 2012
Colorado National Monument to Waive Entrance Fees In Honor of Veterans Day Weekend Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12
In celebration of Veterans Day, Colorado National Monument will offer free admission on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States armed forces and their families.

October 12, 2012
Starting October 15th Colorado National Monument to Temporarily Close Cold Shivers Overlook for Repairs and Public Safety
Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the overlook at Cold Shivers Point from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, starting October 15th and extending through November 5th.

October 02, 2012
Tour of the Moon will travel through Colorado National Monument
On Saturday, October 6, 2012 a new recreational bicycle event titled "Tour of the Moon" will travel through Colorado National Monument. The touring cyclists will travel from the east entrance (Grand Junction) to the west entrance (Fruita) over Rim Rock Drive and will be restricted to cycling in the west bound lane only

September 26, 2012
Join Us at Colorado National Monument
In honor of National Public Lands Day, Colorado National Monument is offering free entrance to all visitors on September 29, 2012. The 19th annual fee free day event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. All entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees and transportation entrance fees will be waived for the day.

August 14, 2012
NPS Announces USA Pro Challenge Race Decision 8-14-2012
Citing conflicts with federal regulations and agency management policies, the National Park Service (NPS) has declined to issue a permit to hold a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge bicycle race next year in Colorado National Monument in western Colorado.

July 20, 2012
Traffic Calming Devices to be Installed
In response to a recent road safety study conducted along Rim Rock Drive, by the Federal Highway Administration, Colorado National Monument will install speed humps on Rim Rock Drive at east and west entrances.

June 27, 2012
July 4th 2012 Celebration at Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument will commemorate Independence Day by raising the American flag on the top of Independence Monument, the tallest free-standing rock formation in the park. This tradition was started 101 years ago by the legendary John Otto.

June 22, 2012
Fire Restrictions in Effect
Continued hot, dry and windy weather, low fuel moistures, low humidity and the factor of several large fires already burning within Colorado have caused fire managers added concern and prompted the need for additional restrictions.

June 14, 2012
Monument Seeking Public Support to Solve White Rocks Vandalism Case
Colorado National Monument officials are seeking public support to help solve a case of vandalism (graffiti) and criminal mischief.

June 04, 2012
Expect Traffic Delays Along 1-Mile Section on West End of Rim Rock Drive
Starting on Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, June 22 Colorado National Monument will be inspecting and cleaning out sewer lines between mile marker three and four (Fruita Canyon Overlook to the Visitor Center/campground road) along the west end of Rim Rock Drive. One-way traffic will take place within a 1-mile section work zone during the hours of 7:30AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. Park visitors can expect 5-10 minute delays in the work zone throughout the duration of the project. Motorists and bicyclists are reminded that they must obey all flagging stops in the work zone.

June 04, 2012
Join Us for National Get Outdoors Fee-Free Day
The Saturday, June 9, 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.

May 17, 2012
Active Duty US Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
On May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass program offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty U.S. Military members and their dependents.

March 15, 2012
West Hill of Rim Rock Drive Reopened
Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., Colorado National Monument will reopen the west section of Rim Rock Drive between the west (Fruita) entrance station and the Visitor Center to all traffic.

March 13, 2012
West Hill of Rim Rock Drive Temporarily Closed March 15
Due to public safety concerns, Colorado National Monument will temporarily close a four mile section of Rim Rock Drive along the west hill to all traffic between the West Entrance Station to the campground turnoff near the Visitor Center on Thursday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

January 22, 2012
January 22 Rim Rock Drive will reopen at 1pm
Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 1 p.m., Colorado National Monument will reopen the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic. Please use caution. Expect winter driving conditions with some patches of snow and black ice.

January 18, 2012
Eckert returns to Colorado National Monument
Lisa E. Eckert, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named superintendent at Colorado National Monument in western Colorado. Eckert will assume her new duties in mid-February.

December 23, 2011
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

December 21, 2011
Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive will be Temporarily Closed
Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic in anticipation of hazardous driving conditions at 3:00 p.m.

December 14, 2011
Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive Reopens
Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m., Colorado National Monument will reopen the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic.

December 13, 2011
Temporary Closure of Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive
Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook at to all traffic due to icy and hazardous driving conditions at 1:00 p.m.

November 17, 2011
New Winter Storm Response Plan
A new safety plan will be enforced this winter to reduce hazardous driving conditions for visitors and snow plow operators. During active snowstorms, Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic.

November 15, 2011
Expect Traffic Delays Along the East Hill
Expect Traffic Delays Along the East Hill of Rim Rock Drive On Wednesday, November 16 From the East Entrance to DS Road Turnoff

November 07, 2011
NPS Plans to Burn Slash Piles in Colorado National Monument
Federal fire crews from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit will be burning slash piles in the Colorado National Monument this winter.

November 02, 2011
2011 Rim Rock Marathon
Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument will be limited to one-way vehicle traffic on Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the Rim Rock Marathon. One-way traffic only will be permitted from the west (Fruita) entrance to the east (Grand Junction) entrance.

November 02, 2011
Be Our Guest at Colorado National Monument for
Be Our Guest at Colorado National Monument for Veterans Day Weekend Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13

September 19, 2011
Traffic Delays Sept 21 thru Sept 23
The Federal Highway Administration will be conducting rock scaling and rockfall removal along a ¼ mile section of Rim Rock Drive between Artist Point and Highlands View scenic overlooks. The rock scaling is preventative maintenance to reduce the risk of future rockfall. Motorists and bicyclists should plan for 10 to 15 minute delays.

September 19, 2011
National Public Lands Day 2011
The National Park Service cordially invites the public to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on Saturday, September 24, 2011, in honor of National Public Lands Day. In observance of the 18th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, all entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees, will be waived for the day.

June 27, 2011
Expect Traffic Delays on Tuesday July 5
On Thursday, June 30, micro-surfacing repair work along Rim Rock Drive will occur from the East Entrance to the DS Road Turnoff. The repair work will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Park visitors and Glade Park residents can expect 15 minute delays through the road construction work zone.

June 16, 2011
Be Our Guest at Colorado National Monument June 21
The National Park Service cordially invites everyone to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on the first day of summer, Tuesday, June 21.

June 15, 2011
Park Service Rangers Arrest Man
National Park Service Rangers arrest man wanted on suspicion of theft from cars at popular trailhead.

June 10, 2011
July 4th Celebration
Colorado National Monument will commemorate Independence Day by raising the American flag on the top of Independence Monument, the tallest free-standing rock formation in the park.

June 08, 2011
Superintendent Joan Anzelmo To Retire
Superintendent Joan Anzelmo, a 35-year career public servant with the National Park Service, has announced her plans to retire on July 1st from her position as superintendent of Colorado National Monument, where she has served since May 2007.

May 09, 2011
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.

March 21, 2011
National Park Service Says No to Commercial Bike Race in Park
The Director of the National Park Service (NPS) today reaffirmed the decision to deny a request by the Quiznos Pro Challenge commercial bike race to hold a stage of the race in Colorado National Monument next year.

February 28, 2011
Slight Increase in Entrance Fees
No abstract supplied.

January 26, 2011
Rim Rock Drive Will Open to Motorists on Monday, Jan. 31
No abstract supplied.

January 12, 2011
Be Our Guest at Colorado National Monument January 15-17
No abstract supplied.

January 10, 2011
"Art Exhibit of the Century" Winners
No abstract supplied.

January 04, 2011
Art Exhibit of the Century
No abstract supplied.

December 23, 2010
Monument Opens Upper Rim Rock Drive December 23 thru January 2
No abstract supplied.

December 11, 2010
Holiday Open House
No abstract supplied.

November 10, 2010
Veterans Day
In honor of our nation's Veterans, Colorado National Monument cordially invites everyone to be our guest of Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11. Entrance fees will be wiaved for all visitors.

November 10, 2010
Documentary Premiere at Avalon Theatre
Please join us at the Avalon Theatre on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. for a special advance screening of the film "The Colorado National Monument: Celebrating 100 Years of John Otto's Dream"

October 31, 2010
Rim Rock Marathon 2010
No abstract supplied.

October 28, 2010
Call for Artists - Exhibit of the Century
No abstract supplied.

October 27, 2010
Winter Road Operations for Rim Rock Drive
No abstract supplied.

October 24, 2010
Ancient Fossil Display Extended
Colorado National Monument is pleased to announce that the new fossils currently in the Monument's Visitor Center will remain on display through December 31, 2010 to increase opportunities for the public to see these extraordinary new discoveries.

October 12, 2010
Monument to Unveil Three Fossilized Discoveries
The National Park Service cordially invites you to join us at Colorado National Monument on Wednesday, October 13, at 11:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center for the unveiling of three major fossilized foot print discoveries from the Jurassic Period.

September 27, 2010
Expect traffic Delays on Rim Rock Drive
Micro-surfacing along Rim Rock Drive will start on Tuesday, September 28 and take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The project will start at the East Entrance Station and progress toward the West Entrance Station (gate-to-gate.)

September 24, 2010
Expect Traffic Delays Along Rim Rock Drive
Micro-surfacing along Rim Rock Drive will start on Tuesday, September 28 and take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The project will start at the East Entrance Station and progress toward the West Entrance Station (gate-to-gate.)

September 21, 2010
Be Our Guest on National Public Lands Day
The National Park Service cordially invites everyone to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in honor of National Public Lands Day.

September 09, 2010
Pavement Preservation Work To Begin September 13 on Rim Rock Drive
On Monday, September 13, 2010, pavement preservation work will begin on Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument.

August 12, 2010
Let’s Move Outside
We dare you to try to keep up with the junior rangers at Colorado National Monument! It's fun and healthy to play in the parks and now National Park Junior Rangers get an extra reward for moving it outside.

August 06, 2010
Fee-Free Weekend August 14 & 15
The National Park Service cordially invites everyone to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on Saturday, August 14 and 15.

July 30, 2010
A Walk Through Time
The event starts at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 1:00 p.m., when the public is invited to walk, stroll, jog, or bicycle along 14 miles of Rim Rock Drive without motorized traffic.

July 06, 2010
Bicyclist Crashes on West Hill
No abstract supplied.

June 28, 2010
Visit Colorado National Monument at the Main Street Farmers' Market
Come visit with Colorado National Monument staff as we host a booth each Thursday evening at the American National Bank Downtown Farmers’ Market throughout the summer.

June 08, 2010
Ride the Rockies Traffic Restrictions
No abstract supplied.

June 02, 2010
Fee Free Weekend June 5 - 6
The National Park Service cordially invites everyone to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6.

May 12, 2010
Proposed Entrance Fee Increase
Colorado National Monument is proposing to slightly raise its entrance fee of $7 per car and $4 per person (hiker/bicyclist) to $10 per car and $5 per person (hiker/bicyclist). The Monument is proposing to raise the current annual pass of $20 to $25.

May 05, 2010
Monument Featured on National Park Service Website
Colorado National Monument is being featured as a “National Park Getaway” on the National Park Service’s national website beginning May 5 until May 12 at www.nps.gov.

April 15, 2010
Entrance Fee Waived During National Park Week
You’re invited to be our guest at Colorado National Monument during National Park Week, which begins on Saturday, April 17 and continues through Sunday, April 25.

March 17, 2010
Colorado National Monument Wins Environmental Education Award
Colorado National Monument was recognized with an award of excellence from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education for its Junior Ranger Explorer Day Camp.

December 30, 2009
Dog Dragged and Killed in the Monument early Wednesday Morning
No abstract supplied.

December 10, 2009
Winter Driving Conditions on Rim Rock Drive
Winter Driving Conditions on Rim Rock Drive - Expect Icy Conditions!

November 23, 2009
Monumental Memories Photo Exhibit
Colorado National Monument invites the local community to submit photographs for the annual “Monumental Memories Exhibit” that will be on display in the Visitor Center throughout the holiday season.

November 12, 2009
Rim Rock Marathon
No abstract supplied.

November 03, 2009
Bookstore & Visitor Center Relocated Temporarily
Colorado National Monument’s visitor center and bookstore are now temporarily located in a mobile visitor center in the parking lot adjacent to the main visitor center.

October 14, 2009
REI Grant Awarded
Colorado National Monument received a $5,000 youth grant from the national retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).

September 29, 2009
Reward for Devils Kitchen Vandals
New reward monies for information leading to the arrest of vandals who damaged Devils Kitchen Historic Shelter in Colorado National Monument.

September 14, 2009
Ken Burns Film Premier!
You are invited to attend a special screening of the film The National Parks: America's Best Idea at the Avalon Theatre on Sunday, September 27 at 7 p.m. FREE admission.

September 01, 2009
National Public Lands Day Event
"A Walk Through Time" allows you to walk, stroll, job, or bike 14 miles of Rim Rock Drive during this free event.

August 31, 2009
Rangers Nab Felon
Park rangers arrest felon on Friday evening, August 28, at 6:00 p.m.

August 24, 2009
Bicyclist Loses Control On Rim Rock Drive
A Wisconsin man suffers traumatic injuries after losing control of his bike on East Rim Rock Drive.

August 07, 2009
Monument Seeks Assistance to Indentify Suspects
Colorado National Monument is asking for the public's help in identifying individuals who appeared on the monument’s surveillance video cameras late on Monday night, August 3.

August 07, 2009
Fee-Free Weekend August 15-16
The National Park Service cordially invites everyone to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16.

August 05, 2009
Vandals Damage Historic Devils Kitchen
On Monday night, August 3, or early Tuesday morning, August 4, vandals wantonly damaged part of the Historic Devils Kitchen stone picnic shelter in Colorado National Monument.

July 10, 2009
Fee-Free Weekend July 18-19
Be Our Guest at Colorado National Monument for Fee-Free Weekend July 18 - 19.

June 30, 2009
July 4th Celebration 2009
Come to Colorado National Monument to see old glory raised on Independence Monument, over 450 feet high!

June 26, 2009
Welcome to Colorado National Monument's Fee-Free Weekends
Colorado National Monument will host two more fee-free weekends: July 18-19 and August 15-16.

June 10, 2009
Colorado National Monument Comes to the Farmers Market
Colorado National Monument will host a booth each Thursday evening at the American National Bank Farmers’ Market throughout the summer.

May 26, 2009
Road Striping and Repairs
Road repairs will occur from May 27 to July 1. Expect delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Road striping happens June 2-3 on a 4-mile stretch between the east entrance and DS Road.

May 10, 2009
Colorado National Monument to Receive $228 K in Recovery Act Funds for Trail Improvements
Colorado National Monument will receive a total of $228,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

May 08, 2009
Enhanced Traffic Enforcement Begins Saturday, May 16
In the interest of safety for bicyclists and motorists on Rim Rock Drive, new traffic signs have been posted and law enforcement rangers will initiate enhanced traffic enforcement measures beginning Saturday, May 16.

April 26, 2009
Colorado National Monument to Receive $58 K in Recovery Act Funds
Colorado National Monument will receive $58,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

January 28, 2009
Vehicle Removal from Red Canyon Scheduled for January 29
No abstract supplied.

January 03, 2009
Monument Road Bridge Replacement Scheduled for January - April
Construction to replace the bridge on Monument Road where it crosses the Redlands Water Power Canal will start January 5 and last through April 30.

December 16, 2008
Winter Driving Conditions on Rim Rock Drive - Expect Icy Conditions!
No abstract supplied.

November 21, 2008
Colorado National Monument Announces 2010 Calendar Photo Contest
Colorado National Monument Announces 2010 Calendar Photo Contest

November 03, 2008
MONUMENT TO PERMIT ONE-WAY VEHICLE TRAFFIC
No abstract supplied.

October 27, 2008
Deck Our Halls With Your Monumental Memories
Colorado National Monument invites the local community to submit photographs for a “Monumental Memories Exhibit” that will be on display in the Visitor Center throughout the holiday season.

October 16, 2008
Come Celebrate The Newly Remodeled Colorado National Monument Association Bookstore Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19
No abstract supplied.

September 26, 2008
Colorado National Monument to Waive Entrance Fee on
Colorado National Monument to Waive Entrance Fee on National Public Lands Day

July 10, 2008
Visit Colorado National Monument On Main Street
Come visit with Colorado National Monument staff as we host a booth each Thursday evening at the American National Bank Farmers’ Market throughout the summer.

June 13, 2008
Colorado National Monument Unveils a New Junior Ranger Activity Booklet for Kids Aged 5-12
No abstract supplied.

May 06, 2008
Vehicle Removal from Red Canyon Scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, 2008
On Wednesday, May 7, 2008 East Rim Rock Drive will be temporarily closed between 6am - 9am and again in the afternoon between approximately 2pm- 6pm. Glade Park commuters are advised to use Little Park Road to avoid this road closure.

April 18, 2008
National Park Week Celebration Focuses on "Kids in Parks"
President Bush has proclaimed April 19 through 27 as National Park Week and encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders and inspirational history found in parks across the country. The theme of this year’s National Park Week is "Kids in Parks." About 200 national parks will commemorate the 2nd annual Junior Ranger Day on April 26 or as in the case of Colorado National Monument on Friday, April 25, with plenty of fun-filled activities and special events.

April 07, 2008
Vehicle Removal on Monday, April 7, 2008 canceled
Colorado National Monument has canceled the scheduled road closure for Monday, April 7 along Rim Rock Drive due to poor weather conditions. The removal project will be rescheduled in the near future.

April 03, 2008
Vehicle Removal from Red Canyon Scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2008
No abstract supplied.

February 14, 2008
Junior Ranger Essay Contest
No abstract supplied.

January 09, 2008
Colorado National Monument Breaks Visitation Record in 2007
Visitation to Colorado National Monument continued a record-breaking pace through December, culminating with an all-time annual visitation high of 714,229 up 9.2 % from last year. The previous record was set in 2005 at 675,543 visitors.

December 10, 2007
Plowing Changes for Rim Rock Drive
No abstract supplied.

December 03, 2007
Colorado National Monument Featured on White House Christmas Tree
No abstract supplied.

December 03, 2007
Monument's Annual Park Pass - Great Stocking Stuffer
Colorado National Monument is pleased to announce that the annual pass for the park will be available to purchase through the park’s website. At just $20 a pass, they make a great holiday gift for everyone on your list.

November 05, 2007
Monument to permit one-way vehicle traffic during Rim Rock Run foot race
Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument will be limited to one-way vehicle traffic on Saturday, November 10, 2007 for 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the Rim Rock Run foot race.

November 01, 2007
Accident - West Hill of Rim Rock Drive
A single vehicle accident occurred on the west hill of Rim Rock Drive between the two tunnels on October 31. The driver was not injured in the accident.

September 02, 2007
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Colorado National Monument
 

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