Rim Rock Drive
For the grand loop, start wherever you wish and go either way around the circuit that includes the entire Rim Rock Drive and other rural/suburban roads. The aggregate climb for a complete trip is 2,300 vertical feet, due primarily to the steeper grades just inside either entrance. Allow three hours. Bicyclists are required to ride single file only. Bicyclists must be equipped with lights visible from the front and rear for safe passage through tunnels. Bicyclists must use a white light that is visible from at least 500 feet to the front and a red light that is seen from at least 200 feet from the rear. Bicycle regulations (67.5 KB pdf)
For an easier 10-mile ride, start at the visitor center and ride to Artists Point and return. Off-road mountain biking is not permitted in the monument, but several adjoining areas are ideal for it. McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
Did You Know?
Each Independence Day, local climbers scale the iconic Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument and raise an American flag on top. This tradition dates back to early park promoter John Otto, whose route up Independence Monument climbers still follow.