• View from the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Jeff Kochevar


    National Monument Colorado

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  • Visitor Center is OPEN Oct 1-Nov 30 9am-5pm, Dec-mid March 9am-4:30pm

    Visitor Center is open everyday except December 25

Saddlehorn Visitor Center

For first hand information, maps, and brochures, the visitor center is a good place to start your adventure. It is located four miles from the Fruita Entrance and near Saddlehorn Campground. It is open every day except Christmas Day. Operating Hours & Seasons.

The visitor center includes educational exhibits, an information desk staffed with knowledgeable rangers and volunteers, two twelve minutes movies and a bookstore operated by Colorado National Monument Association

Movies are shown on request. They include, "Spirit of Colorado National Monument" a pictorial overview and "The Geologic History of Colorado National Monument," each 12 minutes long.

Ranger Programs are located at the Visitor Center, daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Visitor Center Exhibits
Visitor Center Exhibit

Did You Know?

Independence Monument

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.