Historic Road on Monument Rededicated

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Rim Rock Drive was rededicated Saturday, after being under rennovation for nearly two years. It was the first time in fifty years that any improvements had been made to the monument road.

The National Park Service says these updates were needed because of the road's importance to the monument.

"This road is like no other road in the United States," said Joan Anzelmo, Superintendent of the Colorado National Monument. "It feels like you are driving on air."

The Park Service also says the road was improved to help it maintain it's proud history. A road that went across the entire monument was the vision of John Otto back in the 1930s. He started building a road, but a lack of funds and workers cut the project short.

His vision became reality, however, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps.

"They began through back breaking work to build this road," said Anzelmo.

The road was finished in 1950 and has since been a popular place for bikers to ride. This inspired the Park Service to close down part of the road to cars Saturday morning, so that bikers could enjoy it.

"It's beautiful, it's fantastic," said Elise Lind, a biker. "The red sandstone and all the rabbitt brush in the fall is just beautiful."

The Park Service says the ten million dollars in improvements were worth it, so that people everywhere can enjoy the monument's wonders.

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