New exhibits and wayside signs breathe new life into Colorado National Monument

Visitors enjoying the new exhibits in Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

Visitors enjoying the new exhibits in Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

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Many visitors have been commenting about the recent face-lift of Colorado National Monument's exhibits in the visitor center and the interpretive signs throughout the park.  In 2011 new, colorful, interactive, accurate and accessible exhibits were opened at Saddlehorn Visitor Center, giving a much needed update to the original Mission 66' era room and exhibits that had not been replaced in over 40 years.  Visitors now spend more time learning from the exhibits and are full of smiles and compliments upon exiting.  Local visitors are especially thankful that some items remained the same, such as the song of the canyon wren.

The visitor center is not the only place folks can see updates, all along Rim Rock Drive at 19 overlooks there are a new interpretive wayside signs.  Installed in 2012, the 32 new wayside exhibits replaced outdated signs from the 1970's and provide accurate, attractive information, interpretation, and encourage visitor interaction.  A future project that has just begun will focus on providing more opportunities for interaction by using smart phone and tablet technologies to interface from each wayside.