Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

my favorite hike ever!

I've gone 3 times in the last month. I absolutely love this trail. I hike the wildwood trail to liberty cap. I feel like Sylvester Stallone at the top!!!❤

hiking
5 days ago

I'd say a good portion is walking down the side of the cliff, and back up. nice trail, usually not many people probably for that reason.

A nice warm up for more strenuous trails in the Monument.

Have hiked parts of this trail coming off the Nature Trailhead across from Visitor's Center and then from the CCC trail. Saw one other person on the two days we were on the trail. Great views, nice rolling terrain. A terrific constitutional on a beautiful day.

Easy trail, perfect after lunch at the nearby Picnic Area. Great views!

A steep climb in some places, level in others, its primary value is as a connector to the Black Ridge or Liberty Cap Trails. Both of these have better views and more interesting landscapes.

Super easy hike! With an amazing view at the end. Well throughout the entire hike.

very pretty trail and quiet. We saw few hikers. It was a very calm and clear, we were able to se Utah. We started at the Visitor Center and exited at the CCC Trail branch. We hiked the road back, we got to see the entire canyon but would choose that option next time. definitely recommend sunglasses and a hat!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great hike (a bit tough as it was my first time) but it had beautiful views and was lucky to see some big horn sheeps/ mountain goats... I would definitely hike this trail again!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this a couple days ago. Started at the upper TH. Very quiet, saw 1 other hiker. Visually stunning (except maybe the first 1.5 miles) especially the last mile to the lower TH. The first 5 miles or so are fairly easy. Able to complete the 13 mile or so round trip in 4 hours. Very exposed! Bring hydration and sunscreen. Trail is easy to follow. I always bring trekking poles but never used them on this trail. Maybe some class 2 depending on experience.

The best hike to keep in shape.

Do the wedding trail side first as it is a harder trek. It’s a really nice trail.

good workout but bring water.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice hike last weekend. It was easy, but is made much more challenging if you take any of the other trails.
Has beautiful views and neat rock formations!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail in mid March - very little water in the pond but still beautiful, relaxing, and quiet.

Beautiful and easily accessible hike from the Visitors center. We even went a little off the “beaten path” and really enjoyed our time :)

hiking
2 months ago

A great choice for a hike when going with kiddos or those that can't make it quite as far because it isn't long. The end reveals a rock playground with much to enjoy.

This is a fairly easy trail as it has no significant climbs or descents. It’s a nice roller with some minor ups and downs. On a clear day you can see Utah. We usually hike it one way rather than doing it out and back, ending at the Visitors Center. But doing this requires two vehicles parking one at each end.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

4 months ago

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
4 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
4 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
4 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.

Load More