Monument’s 100th anniversary celebration to get off to dazzling start

Colorado National Monument will start its 100th year with an extravagant fireworks show at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, but the anniversary celebration will feature much more than fireworks.

There will be a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and campfire sing-alongs beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Saddlehorn Picnic Area. Food and hot beverages will be for sale — cash only — as well as glow sticks and other fun merchandise. The visitor center will be open until 10 p.m. Pets and alcohol will not be allowed.

The best places to see the fireworks will be from the Book Cliff Shelter area and along Canyon Rim Drive. Limited viewing will be available behind the monument’s visitor center.

Free shuttles to the event will run from 6:15–7 p.m. from the Dinosaur Journey parking lot, 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita. Return buses will begin leaving the monument at 8:40 p.m.

Those wanting to drive to the monument themselves should plan to arrive early — no later than 7:15 p.m. — and drive up from the monument’s west entrance. Parking will be available at the visitor center, Saddlehorn Picnic Area and the A and B loops of the campground. Carpooling would be appreciated.

Viewing the fireworks from the valley floor may be possible from locations with views of Independence Monument and Wedding and Monument canyons.

All guests should dress in warm clothing, sturdy shoes and other winter gear. Take blankets, flashlights, head lamps (and extra batteries) and folding chairs.

The monument celebration is an all weather event and plans for evening will change only if there are blizzard conditions with high winds.

For information, call 858-3617, ext. 300.


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