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Tour of the Moon Bicycle Tour to Travel through Colorado National Monument

15-20 bicyclists riding on an asphalt road with sagebrush on the near side of the road.
Bicyclists participating in the 2018 Tour of the Moon Event

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News Release Date: September 24, 2019

Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-858-3617

Contact: Mark Krebs, 970-858-3617

Fruita, CO – On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the Tour of the Moon recreational bicycle ride will travel through Colorado National Monument. The touring cyclists will travel over Rim Rock Drive, entering the monument at the east entrance off of Monument Road near Grand Junction and exiting at the west entrance onto Highway 340 near Fruita. Cyclists will be limited to the west bound lane. 

Colorado National Monument and all facilities will remain open to the public during the cycling event. In order to provide safety for the cyclists, the west bound lane of Rim Rock Drive from the east (Grand Junction) entrance to DS Road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Throughout the morning the monument staff is recommending vehicle traffic enter the monument at the west (Fruita) entrance and travel in the opposite direction from the bicyclists. 

Event organizers are anticipating the 2,000 cyclists will be riding in the monument from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monument staff are encouraging all other visitors to tour the park in the afternoon.

Safety Advisory: All vehicle traffic is asked to travel west to east on Rim Rock Drive to avoid congestion. Motorists and bicyclists are strongly advised to travel cautiously around curves and always obey the speed limit.

For additional information regarding the Tour of the Moon recreational bicycle ride, please visit

The visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.
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Last updated: September 24, 2019

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