Weekend at the Monument

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

If you're planning to head to the Colorado National Monument this weekend, there is a special event you should know about. In honor of National Public Lands Day, admission to the Monument is free, but there's a catch… You won't be able to get up there in a car.

Saturday morning at 8 a.m. the Colorado National Monument is closing down its roads to cars and challenging folks to walk, bike or jog the 14 miles up Rim Rock Drive. It's called "A Walk Through Time.”

And in honor of National Public Lands Day, which is Saturday, the Monument will hold its first ever Centennial Challenge.

Here are the details:

Walk Through Time
Colorado National Monument Centennial Challenge
Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rim Rock Drive closed to cars for 14 miles
Bikes, dogs, strollers and tricycles are permitted
Free admission – donations appreciated

If you're going by car, you'll have to get into the Monument from the east entrance, but that road will be closed at DS Road.

Walkers and joggers should start out at the visitor center on the west-side entrance, and from there the Visitor's Center will have three out-and-back Centennial Challenges that you can take.

Parking is available at the Saddlehorn picnic area. While entrance to the Monument is free, donations made at the event will go towards the park's 100th anniversary which will be held in 2011.

And just a quick warning to anyone heading to the Monument this weekend:

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says it got three calls from people saying they had seen a mountain lion on Serpents Trail on Thursday.

Wildlife officers closed the trail and searched it and surrounding areas for hours and found nothing. They say mountain lions are pretty reclusive and sightings are unusual, and they thought perhaps the lion was protecting a recent kill.

Officials say if you see a mountain lion make yourself as big as possible, talk loud and back away.

The Colorado National Monument is urging folks not to hike in the area in the dark. The trail is now back open.

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