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

Black Ridge Trail

Fruita
11.0 km
A beautiful backcountry trail with plenty of solitude.
Private
Monument Canyon Trail

Monument Canyon Trail

10.6 km
A stunning sampler of the canyon's best rock sculptures.
Private
Echo Canyon Trail

Echo Canyon Trail

Grand Junction
4.4 km
A short hike to a lovely box canyon.
Private
Serpents Trail

Serpents Trail

Grand Junction
5.9 km
16 switchbacks take hikers up a historic old road.
Private
Devils Kitchen Trail

Devils Kitchen Trail

Grand Junction
1.8 km
A short hike to a lovely rock grotto.
Private
Old Gordon Trail

Old Gordon Trail

Grand Junction
10.2 km
A gorgeous slickrock route with plenty of scrambling opportunities.
Private