|Elevation Gain||121 feet|
|My Time||17 min|
|Food Nearby||Fiesta Guadalajara|
Otto’s trail is the shortest and possibly most visual of the trails I reviewed at the Colorado National Monument. The trail is named after John Otto, who was the first custodian of the park and was instrumental in getting national standing for the area.
The Otto Trail is the simpliest and shortest of the three trails that I reviewed at the Colorado National Monument. From the parking pull-off it is under a half mile to get to the viewing area. The trail is wide and easy to navigate and leads to nice fenced area with spectacular views.
Once you get down to the viewing area of Otto’s Trail it makes the short walk worth it. The platform is directly across from this large spire.
You will also have great views of the other rock formations within the canyon bowl from this location. For such a short and easy walk it certainly has a high pay off in terms of views.
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Elevation and Distance
If you don’t have the AllTrails app you might want to check it out, I really love mine. It records your progress and is a great way to search for hikes that are nearby and gives you difficulty measurements. According to AllTrails today’s hike was around .78 miles and had a total elevation gain of about 121 feet including undulations. That put the high point at around 5,837 feet. This was actually at the parking area as the trail descends from there. I was also moving for a total of 17 minutes.
This was probably the easiest of the three trails that I reviewed at the Colorado National Monument. It is less than a half mile out to the the overlook from the trailhead and there really isn’t much as far as elevation gain. This one could be good for the kids but there are some exposed edges that you need to be mindful of.
A pretty easy dirt and rock trail leads out to the overlook. A good pair of shoes will be fine on this trail.
Otto’s Trail is about a third of the way up Rim Rock Drive from the Fruita Entrance to Colorado National Monument. The Monument does have an entrance fee of $25 per private vehicle and national parks passes do work here. There are bathrooms throughout the park and I suggest you ask the ranger at the gate for a map that would show the locations.
Wrapping up Otto’s Trail
Otto’s Trail at the Colorado National Monument is a great little trail. It is short and sweet. The trail is easy and should be possible for most people to enjoy. There is no fencing along the sides though so be careful if you are hiking with small kids.
The trail leads to a viewing area that has some amazing views of a tall rock spire and surrounding rock formations. If you are looking to get out of the car for a nice quick walk while visiting the monument this might be the hike for you!
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