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Horse Accessible Trails
North North Horse Pack Animals Monument Horse & Accessible Trailsin ofthe Colorado National Monument To Fruita and 70 (exit 19) CA NY ON Horse & Pack Animals Allowed Hiking trailhead Picnic Area Hiking Trail Campground Shelter Saddlehorn 2.5 M en um on tC anyon 0.5 mile 0 1 2.5 Independence Monument Otto’s Trail 1 Mushroom Rock White Rocks Br Pa South Broadway rk w ay ON NY oa dw ds 3.5 3.0 0.5 Upper Monument Canyon G D OL AR ST CA ay CANYON cc 0. c 75 T MONUMEN Kissing Couple an 0 Alcove Nature Trail Weddin g Ca nyo n 0. 6 m i 0.5 n R yo n yo Can g Can n ddi .5 e W 0 0.5 km 0 P dl FR UI TA Lower Monument Canyon Re 2.0 Fruita Dugw ay Coke Ovens Riggs Hill 340 South Broadway 0.5 Cap 0.5 Upper LibertyCap 1.6 p e r Li be rty 0.5 Up Liberty Cap P South Camp Road W ild w oo dD r 2.5 Wildwood MO N U MEN T M ESA 0.2 5.5 Corkscrew M 0.5 Fallen Rock RE D CA NY ON on East Entrance Devils Kitchen Picnic Area Tunnel Ser Devils Kitchen P 1.75 pen ts Tra il Tra il First Pool 8 0. First Waterfall tG Eas lad e P a Ro ark NO Glade Park (Community) TH O U RO GH FA C RE Y AN ON o rd n Old G o (Seasonal) Road d/DS 1.5 Devils Kitchen ECHO CANYON 0.5 0.8 0.2 5 CO LU M BU S Ute Canyon ad Ro um 4. 0 e riv en t D ON ck NY Ro UT Ri m E CA NY a d e P ar k West Gl /16 ½ Rd . ON To Grand Junction CA Canyo n Kodels 340 Window 0.25 Rock .5 Black Ridge Trailer Parking Tunnels Visitor Center McINNIS CANYONS NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA P Ranger Station West Entrance 6.5 0 4. Second Waterfall (Seasonal) The Ribbon (BLM) To Grand Junction rk / CS Ro ad Upper No Thoroughfare Canyon le Litt Park Road t Lit / CS Ro ad le Pa Trail Options Upper Liberty Cap Trail Trailhead: From the Visitor Center follow Rim Rock Drive for approximately 6.5 miles and turn left into a gravel parking area. Horses are allowed on the first 5.0 miles of the Upper Liberty Cap Trail. Riders must turn around before the steep switchbacks leading to the Liberty Cap rock formation. Black Ridge Trail Trailhead: Start at the Upper Liberty Cap Trailhead on Rim Rock Drive. From the Visitor Center follow Rim Rock Drive for approximately 6.5 miles and turn left into a gravel parking area. Horses are allowed on the first 3.0 miles Black Ridge Trail from the Upper Liberty Cap Trailhead to the Monument boundary with BLM land (approximately 0.5 miles past the junction with the CCC Trail). Monument Canyon Trail Trailhead: From the West Entrance turn right onto Hwy 340 and drive 2.1 miles. Turn right onto a dirt driveway leading to the trailhead parking area. Horses are allowed on the first 5.5 miles of the Monument Canyon Trail from the Lower Trailhead to the base of the steep ascent to Rim Rock Drive (approximately 0.5 miles before the Upper Trailhead). Old Gordon Trail Trailhead: Park at the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. Located 0.2 miles up Rim Rock Drive from the East Entrance. Horses are allowed on the entire length of the 4 mile long Old Gordon Trail; from the Devils Kitchen Trailhead to its terminus at the Monument Boundary with BLM land. Horse & Pack Animal Regulations • Use of horses on all trails listed above will be permitted when trail conditions are dry. • Animals will not be allowed within the confines of any recognizable or otherwise identified archeological or historic site (excluding historic trails listed above). • Horses and pack animals will not be tied or tethered in a manner which damages vegetation or which allows grazing on vegetation in the monument. • Horse and pack animals will be limited to no more than six in number for any group. Backcountry Travel For More Information Colorado National Monument 1750 Rim Rock Drive Fruita, CO 81521 (970)858-3617 x 360 www.nps.gov/colm Safety • Inappropriate use of horse and pack animals, or use under conditions that pose an unnecessary risk or danger to these animals, is not permitted. • Animal manure deposited at trailheads and parking areas must be immediately removed by the responsible animal owner. • As a courtesy, and for safety, animals will maintain a slow walk when approaching visitors on foot, or other riders. • Horses are prohibited in the Saddlehorn Campground except during transport in a trailer. Trail Regulations • Be prepared. Always carry a topo map, extra clothing, plenty of water, and a flashlight. • Pets are only allowed on paved surfaces. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails. • Desert trails can be hard to follow. If you become lost, stay in one place and call for help. • Vehicles and bicycles must stay on roads. • Protect your skin. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Pay attention to rapidly changing weather. If lightning is in the area, stay in low-lying areas and return to your vehicle if possible. • In case of emergency call 911. • Leave No Trace. Please leave all natural and cultural objects where you find them. Please pack out all trash. • Please view wildlife from a distance. Do not approach or feed any animals. • Backcountry campers must obtain a free permit at the Visitor Center prior to camping.