Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Colorado National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
10 days ago

Great day hike! Elevation is misleading as the trail has many ups and downs, so it was more difficult than we expected.

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10 days ago

Nice easy short fall hike. Sandy

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15 days ago

Hiked this on 11/6/19 Good work out. Inner flume was pretty interesting. The top half was easy but nothing blown me away. Fall is hands down the right time to hike this canyon or any canyon really.

Great trail, though we only went to the area around Independence Rock. The first/last mile are a pretty brutal drop/climb that remind me of sections of the Grand Canyon. Good views of the namesake monuments along the trail and (sometimes) rock climbers.

Great trail

Excellent trail for a fall day. Was super quiet the day we hiked.

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1 month ago

Nice trail, very pronounced path all the way up. Gradual elevation climb all the way but multitude of switchbacks make it pretty easy. Had to venture off the trail a few times to get optimal views on bluff edges and tabletop sandstone spots but it was a nice hike and October is the most phenomenal time, weather-wise.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Rocky and not well maintained. If you're looking for views of the coke ovens, stick to the overlook. This trail gets you closer, but not at a great angle.

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no shade
1 month ago

Fun, winding trail with great views. I'd rate it an easy trail if it weren't so far without somewhere to sit or even stand in the shade.

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1 month ago

nice overlook of both town and canyon, wide trail. constant steady slope, not too hard

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1 month ago

Eight

It is a really nice hike. It’s easy on some places and challenging in others. I will say that if you aren’t paying attention to the trail, you’ll find yourself going off trail. I got to a split, but didn’t even realize it because there was no markings to say where the trail began, so I walked probably a little more than 7 miles just due to that fact alone. But I’d recommend it if you have time to spare.

Make sure you do some research on the trail systems here, because there are a lot of ways you can go and it gets a little confusing. This hike was awesome though, challenging enough to keep it interesting and plenty of beautiful views!

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1 month ago

Did this short hike on 9/27/2019. Great views! Not much elevation change. Nice hike if you don’t have time for a longer hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Started around 345 pm. Very pretty. My suggestion is go clockwise for the best views.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Best in the evening during the summer because it is mostly shaded. Cool mornings are nice but the sun is on you.

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2 months ago

Super easy trail. Great for younger aged kids!

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2 months ago

Good solid hike. Nothing fancy considering the other options but worth doing! Good potential daily running spot

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

on Otto's Trail

hiking
2 months ago

More of a stroll but certainly worth it to an overlook with amazing panoramic views. Watched three mountain goats foraging in the valley below.

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2 months ago

Great views and a very easy easy walk.

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2 months ago

Great hike and good workout. I took my time because of the steep incline. There are some rocks and things that you could tweak your ankle on but you could wear regular tennis shoes and be okay. There is no shade and the parking fills up so the earlier you can go, the better!!

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3 months ago

I love to show people new to the area for the beautiful views, even safe in winter

Easy trail with Gorgeous views! You can get pretty close to the edge while walking across all the rocks so be careful. Definitely therapeutic, if you just want to clear your head. I went off trail and stopped to take lots of pictures. The kids will love it!

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3 months ago

Great trail. Can hike as far or as little as you want. My golden retriever is feeling his age. Cut hike short. Hard time of aging dogs life(:

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