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Window Rock Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

A short, mesa-top loop with spectacular views of Monument and Wedding Canyons.


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Miles

0.5

KM

Loop

5,703' 1,738 m

High

5,594' 1,705 m

Low

107' 33 m

Up

109' 33 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

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Family Friendly Children will love to experience the fantastic views along the trail.

Description

Whether it's used alone, or as a continuation of the Canyon Rim Trail, the Window Rock Trail and its expansive views and stunning desert rockscape are a must-see in Colorado National Monument.

Starting at the Window Rock Trail Parking Area, near the eastern side of Saddlehorn campground, descend moderately from the mesa-top through sparse pinyon pine and Utah juniper to the lookout near the cliff edge. Peer over the edge in wonder at Monument Canyon's towering sandstone monoliths as you take a break, maybe drink some water, and enjoy your surroundings. From this location, Independence Monument, the Pipe Organ, and Sentinel Spire can be seen to the south.

After enjoying the magnificent views from the lookout, continue along the trail, climbing gently through savory-smelling sagebrush back to the mesa-top and parking area.

For those wishing to extend their hike, the Window Rock Trail can be connected with the Canyon Rim Trail for a round-trip journey.

Flora & Fauna

Utah juniper, pinyon pine, and sage are speckled throughout the trail's desert landscape.

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Hunter R

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Window Rock.
Jul 22, 2016 near Fruita, CO
From right to left from the foreground to the back, Praying Hands, Monument Canyon, Independence Monument.
Jul 14, 2016 near Fruita, CO
The Monument at sunset. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jun 28, 2016 near Fruita, CO

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