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Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-858-3617 x363
Contact: Mark Davison, 970-858-3617 x312
Fruita, CO – On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Tour of the Moon recreational bicycle ride will travel through Colorado National Monument. In a change from the last couple of years, 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 will be closed from 7:30am – 9:30am. Throughout the morning the monument staff is recommending vehicle traffic enter the monument at the Fruita (west) 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.
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 http://www.tourofthemoon.com
Fall hours will be in effect at Colorado National Monument starting September 30, 2018. The visitor center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For additional information, please visit www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.
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Last updated: September 26, 2018