Liberty Cap Trail

Colorado National Monument, Colorado 81521

Elevation Gain3,188ft
Trailhead Elevation4,775ft
Elevation Min/Max4775/6550ft
Elevation Start/End4775/4775ft

Liberty Cap Trail

Liberty Cap Trail is a hiking trail in Redlands, Colorado. It is within Colorado National Monument. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 4,775 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,188 feet. The Wildwood Trailhead parking and the Liberty Cap Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There is also an information map. The Liberty Cap rock can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Fenceline, Corkscrew, Ute Canyon Trail and Bench Route.

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"This hike follows two separate trails that can be combined to form an interesting loop. The first half of the loop will take you through a lush pinion-juniper forest on the top of Monument Mesa to the rim overlooking Grand Valley. The trail then passes by the Liberty Cap, a small dome-shaped sandstone formation, before dropping off the rim to join the Ute Canyon trail below. The return route winds westward through the bottom of a wide, scenic desert canyon surrounded by high cliffs of Wingate Sandstone. Before beginning the hike you may want to drive to the Ute Canyon Overlook, 1.9 miles south of Ute Canyon Trailhead on the Rimrock Road. This viewpoint offers an outstanding view of Ute Canyon. From there you will be able to see almost all of the last 4 miles of the route your hike will follow." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Junction and Fruita (Falcon Guides)
Bill Haggerty
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"This is certainly one of the best hikes in the Grand Valley. Is it one of the easiest? Well, it’s easy to get to, and if you’re in good shape and like to climb, it’s an easy hike. With a thousand feet of vertical gain within 1.5 miles, however, this one may stretch the limits of the term “easy.” A favorite of the locals, Liberty Cap Trail is fun and challenging as it scales the face of the Colorado National Monument on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. It is 1.5 miles from the trailhead to Liberty Cap, a remnant sand dune more than 160 million years old that is slowly succumbing to the forces of erosion." Read more

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Trail Information

Colorado National Monument
Nearby City
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument, Fruita, CO 81521; (970) 858-3616,
Local Contacts
USGS Colorado National Monument; Trails Illustrated Colorado National Monument/McInnis Canyons NCA
Local Maps