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Rim Rock Scenic Drive

25.9 miles: 1 hours, 1 minutes

Two-lane Rim Rock Scenic Drive winds through Colorado National Monument, showcasing some of the most spectacular canyon scenery that the American West has to offer. Each turn in the road seems to reveal a more breathtaking vista than the one before, and the roadbed itself is impressive as it tunnels into sheer cliffs and slices through colorful rock formations.

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Colorado National Monument’s Rim Rock Drive offers 19 overlooks and more than a dozen hiking trails from which to savor the ruggedly beautiful terrain. The scenery includes iconic Independence Monument, a sandstone tower soaring 450 feet above the canyon floor, and the Coke Ovens, a ridge eroded into a series of rounded cones.


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