Colorado National Monument

Thursday September 3, 2020

It is my Mother in Laws birthday today. I call her first thing and wish her happy birthday. Happy Birthday, Diane!

Sunrise this morning

We get an early for us start. We’re out of the campground at 8:30am. It is much warmer this morning. It is in the mid 50’s. While I was in Breckenride and Vail my morning temperatures were in the 30’s with highs in the 60’s. I am headed to lower elevation so I will be back in the heat again. And it was HOT today.

I pass through Glenwood Canyon on my way here. This area of highway was recently closed because of a recent wildfire. I can see where the fire burned down the canyon wall and crossed the road. I couldn’t smell smoke or see any evidence of smoke, but the fire left a charred mess on its wake.

I get to the enterance gate and no one is there. There is a note to just scan the QR code and pay by credit card. I have an annual pass so that covers all of my park fees and I just head in.

I proceed up Rim Road and the first trailhead is just a mile past the enterance. I hike to Devils Kitchen. It envolves some rock climbing and it is hard to stay on the trail. There is so much rock to go over and there are foot prints everwhere. I make it to my destination and return without getting lost. I do see one snake. It is the first one I have seen this whole trip. I didn’t even get a good look at it it was move away from me so fast.

Most of Rim Road through Colorado National Monument had me white knuckling the steer wheel and driving super slow. I can’t believe there are not more guard rails here. The road is on the edge of the canyon wall and there only these flimsy little plastic sticks with reflectors stuck on them. They are surely not going to keep a car from going over the edge.

Look at this thing. It is plastic and super flimsy. They actually move in the wind! This is what was lining the edge of the road where there were steep drop offs.

Maybe that is why there are so few people here today. The rest are have probably gone over the edge and are at the bottom of the canyon. But I was not getting close enough to the edge to see over it. Nope noway! Not this girl who is extra cautious afraid of heights. I did enjoy the lack of people. All of the overlook areas had parking and some of them I was the only one there.

This one is called fallen rock. Over time the soil washed away from underneath and caused a portion to fall.

I am camped in the park. It is a lovely campground. There are restrooms with flush toilets. Although there are no showers or hookups for the rv. It takes a while for the sun to go behind the trees to give me some shade so it is hot in the afternoon when I arrive. There are a number of campsites that are still available. This is definitely less popular than some of the other national areas, but it sure wasn’t lacking in views.

It is a little hard to see, but there is a trail that switchbacks down to the canyon below. From the road it looks like the trails just jumps off a cliff. It is a very steep descent.

I am fascinated by this green color on the rock/stone. Does anyone know what it is?

The road is located directly above where all that rock looks like it is falling away. 😲

5 thoughts on “Colorado National Monument

  1. Lol! Bud and I went on a vacation to Colorado one time and had to drive on ‘The Million Dollar Hwy’ (that’s what Bud called it.) I know exactly what you mean. I nearly had a heart attack. It was one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done in my life. I was on ‘the edge’ side. I never want to do it again. You should rent, “The Long, Long Trailer,” with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

    Stay safe out there, Amy.

    Happy Birthday, Mom!


  2. I think the green color means the rocks have copper in them. Someone at the museum in Encampment told me that. Love your stories and photos! Thank you for sharing!


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