A hiking trail leading towards cliffs in Ute Canyon
Ute Canyon

NPS Photo- Spencer Stokes

Colorado National Monument's trails offer many opportunities for hikers. Bird watchers and photographers discover the splendor that they traveled so far to find. There's a hike for everyone, whether you're here for an hour or are staying all day. Hike distances range from only 0.25 mile to over 14 miles in length. Click here for a hiking brochure.

Pets and bicycles are prohibited on all park trails. There are many options for bike trails and pet friendly hikes on BLM sites near the Monument. Visit their website for more information and for trail guides.

There are no water sources on trails within the Monument. This is an arid, desert environment. Hikers must carry all the water they need with them. One gallon per person, per day is the minimum recommended amount. A water fountain is located at the visitor center and Campground Loop A has water year-round.

Hikes within Colorado National Monument:

Short Hiking Trails

Backcountry Hiking Trails

A 3 year project to improve upper Monument Canyon will begin May 3, 2021. Work will last for approximately three months each year and will involve Monday through Friday closures of upper Monument Canyon. Visit our project page for more information and a work schedule.

Hiking and outdoor recreation outside of Colorado National Monument:

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area- BLM. Hiking, backpacking, horse, ATV, mountain biking, pet friendly.

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area- BLM, over 123,000 acres. Hiking, backpacking, camping, ATV, horse, mountain biking, boating, pet friendly, Kokopelli Trail access.

Colorado Riverfront Trail- A paved trail connecting Palisade to Fruita, along the Colorado River. Hiking, pet friendly, bicycling. No ATVs or motorized vehicles.

Little Book Cliffs- BLM. Hiking, backpacking, horse, photography, pet friendly. Wild horses can be seen here.

Hiking Lower Monument Canyon Trail
Hiking Lower Monument Trail.

Last updated: December 6, 2022

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