Monument Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Redlands, Colorado. It is within Colorado National Monument. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 4,717 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,917 feet. The Monument Canyon Upper Trailhead parking and the Monument Canyon parking are near the trailhead. The Coke Ovens Overlook viewpoint, Independence Monument, the Coke Ovens Overlook parking, and the Kissing Couple rock can be seen along the trail. There is also a cliff along the trail.
Monument Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Monument Canyon Trail is one of many trails that were built in the early 1900s by John Otto, a humble, soft-spoken, some would say eccentric man who once lived in what is now Colorado National Monument. Otto was a recluse who preferred to live alone, often seeming to enjoy the company of his horse more than any human being. Yet in spite of his quaint lifestyle his activism and his passion for the land eventually brought him widespread fame and recognition. Today John Otto is fondly remembered as the founder of Colorado National Monument, and we should be eternally grateful for what he gave us. Had it not been for Otto’s efforts it is doubtful that the ruggedly beautiful Colorado National Monument would still retain the unspoiled natural grandeur it possessed at the turn of the century."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"As the premier hike in the Colorado National Monument, Monument Canyon takes hikers beneath many of the park’s major rock sculptures, where Independence Monument, Kissing Couple, and the Coke Ovens tower overhead. It’s best to leave a vehicle at each end of this hike, and shuttle one vehicle back after the 6-mile trek downhill."
--Bill Haggerty, Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Junction and Fruita (Falcon Guides).
"Embracing a ruggedly beautiful cross-section of canyons, cliffs, and mesa tops, Colorado National Monument offers some wonderful hiking opportunities within a short drive from Grand Junction. The hike described here follows the Monument Canyon Trail to the base of Independence Monument, the monument’s flagship landform.Along Trail heads east through forests of pinyon pine this descent you might want to stop and take in and Utah juniper. Such an ecosystem is standard the geology of the canyon."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Colorado National Monument is one of the least visited monuments in the United States, yet it’s only minutes from the largest population center in Western Colorado, Grand Junction. Operated by the National Park Service, it rises from the Colorado River on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau, preserving 20,000 acres of incredible, steep-walled red rock canyons."
--Bill Haggerty, Hiking Colorado's Western Slope (Falcon Guides).
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