FRUITA, Colo – Colorado National Monument, in response to guidance from Mesa County Public Health Department, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In consultation with the Mesa County Sheriff and in accordance with Mesa County Public Health Department COVID-19 guidelines, monument staff are closing Cold Shivers Overlook. Based on evidence of a pattern of groups meeting for after-hours partying and recent vehicle accidents associated with illegal activity at Cold Shivers Overlook, it will be closed for public safety and resource protection. This overlook does not have trails associated with it.
As of April 3, Colorado National Monument is continuing to offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. The following services and operations continue to be suspended in order to comply with the Colorado and Mesa County health guidance:
- Saddlehorn Visitor Center is closed
- Saddlehorn Campground is closed
- Devils Kitchen and Saddlehorn Picnic Areas are closed
- Cold Shivers Overlook is closed
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Colorado National Monument is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website (www.nps.gov/colm) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColoradoNM).
Outdoor spaces remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, in addition to entry fees being waived for visitors.
- Rim Rock Drive and all overlooks with the exception of Cold Shivers are open
- All trails are open
If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier.