Your Safety

hikers with baby
Hikers with baby

Colorado National Monument contains rugged and remote landscapes. Always be prepared when hiking by carrying a map, compass, extra water, food, first aid kit and warm clothing.

  • Bicyclists and motorists share the Rim Rock Drive. Please drive or bike cautiously. Bicyclists are required to ride single file at all times within the monument.
  • Use bicycle lights in the tunnels.
  • Be sure everyone has their seatbelts on every time you start your vehicle, even if you are just going between overlooks.
  • Watch your step and your children at overlooks, along canyon rims, and at steep dropoffs.
  • Watch where you put your feet and hands. You may be sharing the land with rattlesnakes and scorpions.
  • When hiking, carry a gallon of water per person per day. Use sunscreen and a hat. Wear sturdy footwear, a long sleeve shirt and long pants. Gnats (biting midges) can be a problem from May to August. Be sure to carry insect repellant.
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • From April to July, seasonal pools may exist in canyon bottoms. Please do not enter these pools. Sunscreens and lotions pollute these waters that are important to wildlife.
  • Avoid ridgetops and open ground during lightning storms.
  • Less than ¼-inch of rain can produce flash floods. Flash floods are caused by run-off from intense, localized thunderstorms that drop a large amount of rain over a short period of time. They are most common in July, August, and September, but can occur at any time of the year. Move to higher ground immediately.

Last updated: May 3, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521

Phone:

(970) 858-3617 x360

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