Colorado National Monument preserves a picturesque region of Colorado’s plateau and canyon country that is less frequently visited than other Colorado national parks. Dramatic red rock monoliths, sheer rock walls, and sweeping canyon vistas characterize the park. Historic Rim Rock Drive winds along 23 miles of breathtaking panoramic views and numerous overlooks, where trails lead across mesa tops to spectacular overlooks or into backcountry canyons. The monument encompasses some 20,500 acres, much of which has been recommended to Congress for designation as wilderness. At an average elevation of 6,000 feet at the rim, the climate is relatively mild but can change rapidly to snow in the winter or thunderstorms in the summer. Picnicking and camping are available in the park.