Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
2 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.

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

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

on Dinosaur Hill Trail

13 days ago

Live in Fruita just across the river and like to go on this trail for a quick workout and get away. Nice views at the top

hiking
14 days ago

Trail markers aren't great, we ended up off the path almost as soon as we started but still and enjoyable area to explore. I'd recommend marking where you started or bringing a compass - it's easy to get turned around. We followed signs for Flume 1 (often pointing in two different directions) and Inner Flume so just keep track of where you go. Great views, and some small animals.

Took us about two hours, but I wouldn't depend on that - again, really easy to get off the trail.

Good family trail, easy for kids. Good views from the bottom of the canyon and pretty rock up to the mine.

Enjoyable hike - great scenery

hiking
1 month ago

It was fairly easy. It was great for my 6 and 10 year old they both enjoyed it very much! Pretty views.

great trail. My 5 and 3 year old were able to make it the whole way.

Amazing hike I do a few times a month, lots to look at to keep it fun and interesting. Indian paintbrush is blooming and so are the cactus. Caterpillars and lizards are out too. I like taking the loop counter clockwise doing the longest part first makes for a fast trip back. Mining cabin at the end is fun to visit, be sure to sign the book inside.

Really beautiful hike close to town. Best in spring or fall when the weather is cooler.

Excellent trail with beautiful views

Fantastic views and endless trail options.

Our family loves this hike! Our dog loves this one too. We usually go in the morning but so do many other people. Beautiful.

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

Super easy with lots to see! Took our small dog on it and he had a blast in the running water beds. The sparkling white mica rocks made the ground look majestic. Had a fair bit of traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

An easy hike that we did with the kids (6 and 2.5) yesterday. It was perfect to burn off wiggles and learn something interesting too!

Beautiful views all along the trail!

Great hike. Great area. It’s rides the rim of the canyon for the most part, and has stellar views. Not much elevation change, so it’s a good hike to take if your not feeling up to something bigger. Do yourself a favor and check this place out.

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

so beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Endless number of trails! Can do a ‘lite hike’ with the kiddos or a strenuous run with the dogs. Be sure to look at a map before heading out. Trails are less well marked the further you get away from the trailhead.

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.

easy trail fun. going back with kids

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.

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

Hiking

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike with a nice mine at the end. Great for winter hike.

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