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