Alcove Nature Trail

Colorado National Monument, Colorado 81521

Elevation Gain218ft
Trailhead Elevation5,803ft
Elevation Min/Max5795/5854ft
Elevation Start/End5803/5803ft

Alcove Nature Trail

Alcove Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Mesa County, Colorado. It is within Colorado National Monument. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,803 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 218 feet. Near the trailhead there are a cliff, a parking, and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Black Ridge Trail.

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"This collection of rambles through Colorado’s high desert leads to overlook points that most kids say are “really cool.” One of the few trails in Colorado National Monument far from a precipitous canyon rim, the Alcove Nature Trail serves as a delightful introduction to desert wildlife and geology. A loop on Canyon Rim and Window Rock trails rewards with views of the distant Book Cliffs and closer formations. The Alcove Nature Trail begins just across from the visitor center. Two brochures accompany this thirty-one-site interpreted trail, the “Junior Ranger” version aimed at young hikers."

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Trail Information

Colorado National Monument
Nearby City
Colorado National Monument
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
For current conditions and more information, contact Colorado National Monument Visitor Center, or (970) 858-3617
Local Contacts
Colorado National Monument brochure; USGS Colorado National Monument
Local Maps

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