Otto's Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Otto's Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whitewater, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.7 miles
150 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



trail running





no dogs

Otto's Trail is a 1 mile out and back trail in Colorado National Monument starting from Rim Rock Drive 1 mile east of the Visitor Center. Otto's Trail is a gently sloping trail that leads through pinyon-juniper woodlands to an overlook with views of Sentinel Spire, Pipe Organ, Praying Hands, and Independence Monument. The trail leads to a fenced overlook with great views of Independence Monument.

1 month ago

A short trail to a scenic view

6 months ago

8 months ago

Great when short on time. Beautiful scenery and amazing pics.

8 months ago

We stopped by this park on our way to Arches NP. We were blown away by how pretty and secluded it was. Visitors must read up about John Otto while there- an amazing conservationist whom spent his life fighting for the preservation of this amazing landscape. Otto's trail is an easy hike to an incredible overlook of several formations. Must-visit park.

9 months ago

Friday, August 14, 2015

Walked this 8.6.15 - nice easy walk. Nice views.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Walked this with my 10 year old son. It's a quick out and back with the primary focus being the views at the end. There's a fenced, flat viewing/lookout area. We took some cool pics. I recommend this trail if you're short on time or have older folks or little ones. We were short on time.

Friday, June 28, 2013

It was hot in Grand Junction, but at 5800 feet on Rim Rock Drive it was much cooler. Otto's trail is a nice short gradually sloping one mile RT hike to some impressive views of Independence Monument and surrounding high desert rock formations.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hike down along ridge with views of canyons on both sides. Gradual down hill hike out to point.