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Colorado National Monument in The Winter | RMHP Blog

Colorado National Monument in The Winter | RMHP Blog



Colorado National Monument in The Winter

Tips For Visiting Colorado National Monument in Winter


There’s no bad time of year for visiting Colorado National Monument, and winter can be especially rewarding. There are fewer crowds, the snowy scenery is both calming and invigorating, and there’s so much to do and see.


You’ll want to plan ahead of time to ensure you have a great experience, so here’s your guide to visiting Colorado National Monument in the winter months.


First, check the Monument’s road conditions

Weather can have an impact on your visit, so know what the roads are like before you set out. For the safety of visitors and snow plow operators, Colorado National Monument temporarily closes the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic during active snowstorms.


You can check conditions on Rim Rock Road and elsewhere in the on the National Park Service’s Colorado National Monument website.


What are you going to do in Colorado National Monument?

Next, time to decide what types of outdoor fun you’re going to have inside the Monument.


Even if there’s snow on the ground, you can still go for a hike on one of the park’s trails. Strap on some snowshoes if there’s deep snow, which is a great way to see the area.


You can, and should, stop at the Visitor Center near Saddlehorn Campground for more up-to-date information about park conditions. The staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and help you plan your stay.


Consider winter camping

Saddlehorn Campground is open all year long, so why not give winter camping a go? It’s a whole lot easier, and more enjoyable, than many people realize. These tips for camping in the snow will help you learn everything you need to know about this uniquely fun and memorable type of camping.


Additional things to remember when visiting Colorado National Monument in winter

There are a few extra things you’ll want to remember when visiting the Monument during the winter:

  • Bring plenty of water. It might be cold out, but dehydration is a risk any time of the year.
  • The same goes for sunscreen. Sunburns are possible year round, especially at higher elevations.
  • Consider bringing gloves that allow you to use your smartphone’s camera, because you’ll want to take photos. The red rocks contrasted against the snow are absolutely stunning.

Wear warm layers that you can add and remove as needed. As any Coloradan knows, temperatures can change dramatically from one hour to the next.