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.
Rim Rock Marathon
MONUMENT TO PERMIT ONE-WAY VEHICLE TRAFFIC DURING RIM ROCK MARATHON FOOT RACE
Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument will be limited to one-way vehicle traffic on Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the Rim Rock Marathon foot race. One-way traffic only will be permitted from the west (Fruita) entrance to the east (Grand Junction) entrance.
The race will start just east of the intersections of South Camp Road and Monument Road (.8 miles from the monument’s east entrance) at 8:00 a.m. Eastbound traffic exiting the monument at this time may experience a delay of approximately 45 minutes.
As the race progresses, Rim Rock Drive will reopen to two-way traffic by stages, with westbound access to Glade Park opening first. Rim Rock Drive from the east entrance to the Glade Park turnoff will be open for two-way traffic at approximately 9:30 a.m. Westbound traffic from Grand Junction to Glade Park should plan to use the Little Park Road between the hours of 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
During the one-way restriction, the speed limit for the entire road will be 25 miles per hour, and no passing will be permitted. All vehicles, including bicycles, will be limited to eastbound travel only. Rim Rock Drive is scheduled to reopen to normal traffic at 1:00 p.m.
Runners will be shuttled from the finish line area (James M. Robb State Park) to the start location. For additional information regarding marathon specific information, please contact race coordinator Chris Reed at 970-274-1232.
Did You Know?
Colorado National Monument's Independence Monument is 450 feet tall from its base to its top. The top of Independence Monument is 5,739 feet in elevation.