Visitor Center is OPEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily, Visitor Center is OPEN New Years Day.
Please drive safely! Winter driving conditions may exist on park roadways. Call 970-858-3617, Extension 402 for a current road report. Trails are covered by a few inches of snow in most locations.
Vehicle Removal from Red Canyon Scheduled for January 29
On Thursday, January 29, 2009 the east entrance road of Colorado National Monument (Rim Rock Drive) will be temporarily closed between 6:00 am – 7:00 am to allow a 240 ton crane to travel from the East Entrance Gate, up the east hill and on to Red Canyon to remove the vehicle which went off the road on January 21. Traffic between the East Entrance Gate and the DS Road turn off will be held for approximately 60 minutes while the crane is in route to the removal site.
Glade Park residents are advised to use Little Park Road for morning commutes on Thursday and again Thursday afternoon to avoid these traffic delays.
Rim Rock Drive beyond the DS Road turn off to 16 ½ Road will be closed from 6:00 am until the crane leaves the park late in the afternoon. The crane will take up both lanes. Cars and bicycles will not be permitted in this section of closed road.
Access to the park visitor center to the Independence Monument Overlook will be accessible from the west entrance of the monument.
Photos are available at the following link: http://www.nps.gov/colm/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm
Additional photos will be added to the photo gallery late on Thursday, January 29.
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.