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

    Colorado

    National Monument Colorado

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  • Visitor Center is OPEN 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily

    Alcove Nature Trail CLOSED for reconstruction until further notice.

Things To Do

Rim Rock Drive

Historic Rim Rock Drive
Travel all 23 miles of Rim Rock Drive to gain a bird's eye view of the canyons. Stop at the scenic overlooks along the way for photo opportunities and interpretive signs.

 
backcountry

Hiking
Choose from over 40 miles of maintained trails. From short and easy to long and strenuous, find a trail that is just right for you!

 
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Camping
Enjoy the comforts of Saddlehorn Campground or get a permit for backcountry camping.

 
Jr. Ranger

For Kids
Become a Jr. Ranger, check out a backpack, explore the trails and more.

 
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Ranger Programs
Join us for daily ranger programs throughout the monument.

 
Saddlehorn Visitor Center

Saddlehorn Visitor Center
Don't miss the visitor center with rangers to talk to, exhibits to look at, movies to watch, and books for sale.

 
Bicycling

Bicycling
You may see bicycles on the road during your visit, or you may be riding! Please check out our bicycle regulations and suggested rides.

 
Desert Bighorn Sheep

Wildlife
Desert bighorn sheep and collared lizards are two examples of wildlife you may see here.

 
Photography

Photography
A photographers playground, catch the glow of sunrise on the canyon walls.

 
picnic areas

Picnics
Bring your lunch and enjoy one of our several picnic areas.

 
climbing

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is allowed here, check out the monument's climbing rules and regulations.

 
Mt. Garfield

Nearby Attractions
The Grand Valley has lots to offer. Find more information on your next destination.

Did You Know?

Rim Rock Drive

Colorado National Monument's 23-mile Rim Rock Drive was built almost entirely using picks, shovels, and sheer muscle strength to remove massive rocks and debris. The engineering skill of Rim Rock Drive workers can be seen today in the road's tunnels and stonework. More...