Guidebook

Discover Stunning Rock Formations in Colorado National Monument

Explore one of the great landscapes of the American West on Colorado National Monument's best hiking trails.

Description

"Colorado National Monument is an absolutely gorgeous place that very few hikers know about," writes Nancy Anderson. "It is Colorado's version of the Grand Canyon... without all the people!"

Indeed, this epic natural area is home to towering red rock cliffs, deep canyons, and rock monoliths, along with an expansive network of hiking trails. Even from the paved Rim Rock Drive road "you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles," according to the National Park Service. This all adds up to way more adventure than most people can fit into a visit to the monument!

Sources:
https://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

Black Ridge Trail
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Black Ridge Trail

Fruita
11.0 km263 m263 m
A beautiful backcountry trail with plenty of solitude.
Difficult
Private
Monument Canyon Trail
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Monument Canyon Trail

10.6 km360 m360 m
A stunning sampler of the canyon's best rock sculptures.
Difficult
Private
Echo Canyon Trail
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Echo Canyon Trail

Grand Junction
4.4 km189 m189 m
A short hike to a lovely box canyon.
Moderate
Private
Serpents Trail
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Serpents Trail

Grand Junction
5.9 km235 m235 m
16 switchbacks take hikers up a historic old road.
Moderate
Private
Devils Kitchen Trail
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Devils Kitchen Trail

Grand Junction
1.8 km67 m67 m
A short hike to a lovely rock grotto.
Moderate
Private
Old Gordon Trail
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Old Gordon Trail

Grand Junction
10.2 km544 m544 m
A gorgeous slickrock route with plenty of scrambling opportunities.
Moderate
Private