Monument road to close after Dec. 1, may open to skiers

An effort by officials at Colorado National Monument to cut snowplowing costs may come as a delight to cross-country skiers.

After Dec. 1, the top portion of Rim Rock Drive will be closed to traffic. If enough snow accumulates, the area will be open to snowshoers and cross-country skiers during daytime hours. The road’s top portion will open again to motorists March 1.

Snow plowing will continue as usual on the Monument’s east hill for traffic access to Glade Park via DS Road. Plowing also will occur from the Monument’s west entrance to the Independence Monument overlook.

Day use parking for skiing and showshoeing will be at Otto’s Trailhead and the Independence Monument Overlook between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bicycles are not permitted on the top portion of the Monument during the winter closure and are not permitted to use the east or west hill entrances during snow-plowing operations.


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