After an amazing drive on Hwy 141 we arrive at the Colorado National Monument and are entering from the west entrance. We enter the Rim Rock drive which totals 23 miles but was under construction at mile 18 when we visited. Bummer, but you can’t have it all. After a ride filled with hairpins, switcbacks, tunnels (max height 16 ft middle, 10 ft 6 sides) and amazing views around each corner, we settle in at the Saddlehorn Campground. We quickly find out that there is lots to do here as far as hiking and photo opportunities go, so from the onset we know that we will spend several days here.
The Saddlehorn campground has three loops. Loop A is first come, first served. Loop B is reservable from the middle of March through October, and loop C is the Group Camping area. All sites have a table and grill and allow for 40 feet RV’s. Some sites have magnificemt views and others are secluded with low trees. Water is available throughout the summer and flush toilets (but no showers) are available as well.
There are 7 short hiking trails, the longest one being 3.5 miles round trip as well as 7 back country trails which average about a 10 Mile round trip.
Let the photos below speak for themselves and spark your interest to visit the Colorado National Monument. And so, on we go; Scouting Destinations.