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The Heart of the World 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Not too hard of a hike but a fun one. I hiked it on a cloudy day in October and actually got above the clouds which was really cool. This trail is wide and is set up for the casual sightseer. It's one of the more popular trails at Colorado National Monument. Took me a little over one one hour to hike up and down at a casual pace. The views of the Grand Valley, Mt. Garfield, and the Bookcliffs are stunning.

Very enjoyable hike. Great views of many of the formations in Colorado National Monument. Most of the trail is very easy. The only difficult part is going up the cliffs up to Rimrock drive but the views of the Coke Ovens are worth it. I saw tons of Bighorn Sheep on the trail. Also, you can turn this trail into a loop by going on the Wedding Canyon trail. It connects back up with the Monument Canyon Trail near Independence Monument.

Amazing trail. Went from the top to just before it drops into the valley and back. The top is a series of switchbacks across a vegetated scree field which then goes to the other side of the canyon and follows through some very creative trail creation taking advantage of the natural rock formation where ever possible. Any constructed area fits in to the natural formations perfectly.
The trail drops rapidly to the canyon floor (hike poles are a great idea). And then it follows more along the side than along the bottom.
About half way down it stops literally following the canyon and instead follows along the left side to allow it move underneath a series of amazing sandstone formations. It is a totally different perspective than looking down from the top - they are gigantic.
The tail is a total mix of steep 'interesting' drops and climbs along with longer stretches of following the sides with moderate ups and downs.
A wide mix of hiking and very dramatic and beautiful. If you are in to photography, you can't go wrong.
I hiked later Feb just after a recent snow. Hiking poles were critical to get down the earlier switchbacks even with 2-3" of snow on them. You don't want to slip here!
This trail truly represents Colorado National Monument.
One extra suggestion, if you are tracking your hike with GPS, keep your phone or device in an upper pocket. The canyons are deep and if you block the GPU signal with your body by using a pants pocket, you can loose the signal and it will look like you flew over some cliffs. Unless you are one with the hawks, don't think so :)

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this back in Nov-2017 as a very long loop with the Ute Canyon Trail (10.2 miles on the trail, plus 2.9 miles on the road). It was a long mostly flat walk, but great weather and very low people traffic. Felt like I had an entire canyon to myself :)

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this before Thanksgiving dinner. Perfect weather and had it all to ourselves

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy, simple trail. Straightforward.

Easy hike. Very close to under the shelter, walk on the rock that juts out and it will give you the best view we found of Window Rock.

Lots of options on this loop system. Great hike year round!

Beautiful. Would be great for my dad to walk and take photos. Grandkids would also love it.

Hiked the trail yesterday. Great trail for beginners and experienced hikers. Also if you like bouldering and going off the trail this is a good trail to hike.

horseback riding
2 months ago

A nice ride for green horses and riders EXCEPT for irresponsible dog owners who use it as a dog park. One solution to avoid the dogs is to ride the Kodels area. I would not recommend riding up to K-12 as the slick rock gets narrow and dangerous. Trailer parking is easy at Opel Hill and the start of the trail is directly across the road. Riding around the Snooks Bottom area is an option too- it’s easy and lightly traveled but not as scenic.

hiking
2 months ago

I like this trail for kids and visiting relatives as it has great views of the valley and really easy paths. However unlike this site’s description, I would not consider it lightly trafficked. On the weekends it feels like a superhighway and I often end up closely following groups of people up the first half of the hike. Also I have noted several illiterate tourists that still bring dogs. This can be frustrating with all the heavy traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

It is a nice hike starting from Wildwood TR up to Rim Rock Dr however plan lots of time for the hike. The traveling is rough in spots so I couldn’t go very fast. It is not a hike you want to do in the dark.

horseback riding
2 months ago

I hiked this trail today and it was wonderful as promised however I would not recommend it for horses. I typically ride mules but this trail is too narrow and rough even for mules.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and short hike with a nice viewpoint at the end

Nice super short hike. Not strenuous at all. Beautiful view of the canyon and Grand Valley.

Love this trail! The view of the canyon is beautiful as you walk a long the slick rock and the red rock with many balanced rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

Quiet and peaceful hike. We had the trail to ourselves. Beautiful scenery and only a couple steep parts of the trail that were easily managed. We finished right at sunset which was beautiful.

on No Thoroughfare Canyon

3 months ago

Our whole family took this hike and loved it. Peaceful and scenery is always beautiful here in Colorado.

on Devils Kitchen Trail

3 months ago

Great hike! Took a group of four teen girls and they loved it! Beautiful scenery and got to see bighorn sheep which was so cool!

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