Colorado National Monument

Overview

Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau-and-canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

Located within Colorado National Monument's 32 square miles is a fascinating landscape of deep canyons and soaring cliffs. Colorado National Monument is a hidden gem offering a varied array of activities for visitors of all ages, abilities, and interests. Sightseeing, hiking, biking, and ranger-led programs are just a few of the exciting choices awaiting you. Be sure to check out the junior ranger program - designed for kids, these activities are fun at any age.

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Seasonality / Weather

Colorado National Monument is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Saddlehorn Campground is also open year-round. With elevations ranging from 4,000 ft to nearly 7,000 ft, weather at Colorado National Monument is represented by semidesert and upland climates. Also, temperatures are highly variable with summer highs ranging into the low 100s in the valley floor and in some cases can reach 110+ inside the neighboring canyon country. Winters at the monument are generally mild with lows occasionally dipping into the subzero readings.

Directions

Driving: 

Westbound: Highway I-70 to Grand Junction, exit at Horizon Drive, Exit 31 to East Entrance. Eastbound: Highway I-70 to Fruita, Colorado, Exit 19 to West Entrance.

Flying: 

Grand Junction Regional Airport is Western Colorado's largest commercial airport. Grand Junction Regional Airport is the the primary airport between Salt Lake City and Denver.

Public Transport: 

Tour bus service available. Contact Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau for more information. Amtrak provides daily service to Grand Junction.