Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Otto's Trail, Colorado National Monument

Otto's Trail
Colorado National Monument

Date Hiked: July 3, 2008

Distance: 1 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: Negligible
Managing Agency: National Park Service
Fee: No

Colorado National Monument Trail Map (NPS)

Directions: This trail starts 1 mile east of the Visitor's Center, on Rim Rock Road.

This short but sweet trail has the best view of Independence Monument on the Canyon Rim.  The trail follows a narrow ridge jutting out into the canyon, the views up and down the canyon are fantastic.  Because of the short distance and exciting views, this would be a great hike for kids, but adults will enjoy it as well.


  1. What can I say, but THANK YOU!!! for all the miles you've traveled and for the beautiful images of Colorado. I've been here nearly 50 years and you've shown me places that I never knew about. In my late 60s you've given me more pleasure than you know by sharing your journey in these magnificent photos.

    1. Thank you for that message, that means a lot to me. I'll keep it up as long as you keep hiking!