The scenic route for Colorado National Monument (Rim Rock Drive) is a curvy 23 mile road along the rim of a plateau, with several spots having sheer drop offs. So if you suffer motion sickness or a fear of heights, this winding drive could dampen your enjoyment of its breathtaking view.
Throughout the length of Rim Rock Drive are overlook and short trail pullouts to allow for ample access to the cliff edge. From these vistas you can view a variety of scenes, such as colorful sandstone rock formations, canyons and green landscape of the Grand Valley. Also from the rim, you can access hiking trails that take you down into the canyons below. These trails tend to be initially steep down cliff walls, so pace yourself because your hike will end with a physical challenge back up to your transport.
Restrooms within Colorado National Monument are limited, they’re essentially at each end of the park. So if traveling and hiking along its scenic route is the plan, empty your bladder at the start and hold what accumulates until you finish.
How this journey commonly impacts health during the summer is from heat and the sun. Dehydration, heat illness and sunburn are potential results for the unprepared. Thus, take along plenty of drinks, a hat and sunscreen. Also, spraying on a bit of repellent helps ward off the landing of gnats that bite.
Travel in Colorado National Monument provides an opportunity to edge yourself up to many vertical cliffs. Be safe out there by wisely holding back.