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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
21 hours ago

This trail is easy in the sense that the trail itself is wide and very clear, but lord help your legs if you are out of shape. Going up, the entire trail is completely at an incline with virtually no flat spots; I’m not complaining though because I enjoyed the pleasant challenge. Coming back down is a breeze. Great trail for exercise.

fun trail for the kids and doggie. my 6 year old loved it.

Nice terrain and some good views. You get to the trail by walking directly out of the back door of the visitors center. Not difficult by any means, but I felt the path was a little unclear. Not as many markers to keep you in the right direction like many of the other trails at the national monument.

hiking
3 days ago

Fun hike. Nice for beginners as it offers at least a bit of a challenge. Beautiful views.

Easy hike; great views. Got off trail tho....will have to go back!

hiking
16 days ago

My fav hike to bring newbies to. Super kid & dog friendly. And you get a fun reward at the end!

hiking
16 days ago

Breathtaking views throughout the hike. Pretty steep in places.

Did the shorter Wedding Canyon > Lower Monument Trail loop (about 5 miles) and can't wait to go back and explore more. Still pretty warm even when technically the temp wasn't far above 70° but the trail was relatively easy (lots of young families out there). The trail had pretty heavy traffic in spots, so I'll be interested to see if it's as busy on the more challenging trails.

hiking
23 days ago

we definitely got lost through here. and I mean LOST! make sure you follow the cairns and stick to the right. we ended up following a seemingly obvious path only to find ourselves climbing over boulders on the edge of a cliff... pretty wicked views though! if we wouldn't have taken that detour, it would have been a super easy and neat walk. highly recommend!

Best hikes ever !

It’s fine. Nothing spectacular but a super simple easy hike. We’ve gone at sunset, watched at the top, and hiked down with flashlights

Great hike. Boring beginnings, but once you’re in the canyon, everything is gorgeous. Saw a large herd of sheep. Well marked and easily managed.

hiking
25 days ago

10/20/2018 - Hiked the main trail plus the Coke Oven side trail and a bit of the back side of Independence Monument, about 13.5 miles total. Trail and scenery is quite nice and the day was perfectly blue sky, not one cloud to be seen.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this part on the 12th of October plus we went on the upper part for a 1/2 mile then turned around and did the Ute trail for about a mile then came in on the Corkscrew trail.

Did this on October 12 and we peeled off and did a mile on The Ute trail and a mile on Liberty trail. Very nice trail with a lot of signs.

on Liberty Cap Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike, it’s a great workout!

hiking
1 month ago

A steady climb most of trail. Found a great view of the Grand Valley. Try to depart trailhead early in the morning to spare yourself the exposure to the heat in the summer months. Make sure you hydrate adequately!! All worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Although it’s a climb, the wide path and relatively even surface make this a pleasant walk.

hiking
1 month ago

A great trail with not too many ups and downs. My mom and I are from Minnesota, the flat land, and she had never hiked before. She did great!! Make sure you have enough water and wear sunscreen, it sure got warm!

Love this one for a quick early morning or evening hike. Trail/road is nice enough to run on.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from lower monument via the wedding trail to the upper monument and back. Approx 12 miles round trip. Would highly recommend! Views are incredible, terrain was easily managed by an amateur hiker like me. Start early while it's still cool out (I went 9/16) because it does get pretty warm during day. Bring LOTS of water as well. We did happen to see one big horn sheep too.

2 months ago

Spectacular

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult ascending, but absolutely gorgeous when you get up there. Hiking up to black ridge trail takes quite awhile and is serene, especially when flowers are in bloom.

One of the most rewarding hikes in the valley.

Great trail. Lots of shade, gorgeous views. Lizards everywhere. Kid and dog friendly. And the drive out from Junction isn’t super long but you still feel like you’re pretty far out.

road biking
2 months ago

Rode Rim Rock Dr from the east entrance to the west entrance, and then finished the 'Tour of the Moon' loop via public roads Broadway, S Broadway and S Camp Rd. The route outside the park is well-signed. Traffic was light on this weekday ride, and the views were awesome. Lights are required due to 3 tunnels.

hiking
2 months ago

pretty short and uneventful. I'd opt to continue on the main trail and do old Gordon's instead. I haven't found old gordons on all trails yet but its marked at the trailhead map in the parking lot.

2 months ago

steep uphill. decent view.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice way to see some of CNM's formations up close. Some shade along the trail but not a ton, so lots of water and starting early are musts in August. Unfortunately, not much wildlife our morning. We started at the upper trailhead and went to Independence Monument (~3.5 miles) before turning around and heading back. Note that this trail is ~12 miles round-trip (upper to lower trailhead or vice versa, then back) and not 6.8 or 10.9 as listed here.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect short hike! Trail was beautiful and really clean/well kept. Just under 3 miles round trip. Took two dogs and felt it was a great hike for dogs.

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