Explore the most popular hiking 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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10 days ago

One of the most fun trails I've been on so far. Challenging in spots, trail is not always very apparent which is part of the fun. The scenery is amazing. I can't see running this trail for the simple fact that I wouldn't want to miss seeing any of it! But people do run it. Glad I brought trekking poles too. Also saw some big horn sheep on one occasion. Bring binoculars!

Great trail with beautiful views.

Great hike go on to f-1, then up to east edge of Flume canyon great views of canyon and Fruita

11/22/18 Nice trail following a dry creek bed. Can get rocky in some areas. The first waterfall and small ponds were completely frozen

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike down to the bottom of the canyon! The echo was absolutely amazing. It's a very steep on the way back up and some areas are challenging. Definately worth it!

hiking
27 days 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.

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
30 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

Loved this hike, it’s a great workout!

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

3 months ago

Spectacular

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3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 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.

3 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.

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