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12 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~1450 (+)

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Monument Canyon Trail (CNM)

Colorado by v8.6m

Activities & Features


Monument Canyon Trail is a tough hike in Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction that weaves through breathtaking scenery. The monument says from the upper access this hike starts with a "steep 600-foot descent from the plateau into Monument Canyon where you can walk beside many of the park's major rock sculptures: Independence Monument, Kissing Couple, and the Coke Ovens." Equestrians are only permitted along the lower 5 miles. There is camping available at the Saddlehorn Campground which is located near the Visitor Center, about four miles from the west entrance.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Colorado National Monument 1750 Rim Rock Drive Fruita, CO 81521

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