Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument is a United States National Monument in Northwestern Colorado.

Understand

Independence Monument near Grand Junction

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 39 44 54 63 74 86 92 89 80 65 50 39
Nightly lows (°F) 22 27 34 41 50 60 66 63 55 43 32 23
Precipitation (in) 0.8 0.6 1.0 1.1 1.0 0.7 0.8 1.1 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.8

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

Rental car agencies at Walker Field include:

By car

A map of Colorado National Monument

By train

Amtrak serves nearby Grand Junction with the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Emeryville (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Chicago. For more information, see rail travel in the US.

But once at the rail station, you will still have to rent a car.

By bus

By bike

For extreme mountain bikers, it's possible to follow the Kokopelli Trail from Moab, Utah, then join up with the trail system of the monument. This is a five or six day, strenuous excursion where you must pack in your own food, shelter and water.

There's another north-south running slick rock trail that fat tire enthusiasts can follow into town:

Fees/Permits

The entrance fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle is $10. Fees for motorcycles, hikers or bicyclists are $5. Entrance fees are good for seven consecutive days.

There are several passes that allow free entry for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes are valid at all national parks including Colorado National Monument:

In 2016 the National Park Service will offer several days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 16-24 (National Park Week), August 25-28 (National Park Service's 100th birthday weekend), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).

Get around

Rim Rock Drive is a sheer drop on many parts of the monument

Do

Sleep

Camping

Saddle Horn Campground near the visitor center has 80 sites with charcoal grills, picnic tables and spaces for tents. Campsites have shared clean toilets and water outlets. Many of the campsites have great views over the valley. Campers need to self-register but there is a camp host on-site. Campings costs $20 per night per site. Backcountry camping is also permitted.

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