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Otto's Trail In Colorado National Monument

Another scenic trail and overlook in Colorado National Monument ...
Otto's Trail in Colorado National Monument is an easy hike, similar to Canyon Rim Trail and Window Rock Trail by the visitor center. On this page are photos and a video from my recent hike. Per the usual warning, falling from some vertical cliffs would be fatal. Be careful and watch your kids.

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Photo Above: The stunning view of Independence Monument from Otto's Trail.

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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My Hike Photos

October 3, 2012 - The parking lot for Otto's Trail is about one mile south of the visitor center on Rim Rock Drive.

It is a short and relatively flat 0.3 mile hike (each way) with a beautiful overlook at the end.

Ottos Trail, CO Hiking the trail with the Book Cliffs afar.

It was late afternoon, when the sun was to my back. It does seem that in general, the lighting is better for photography in the afternoon.

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Independence Monument, CO

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The views of Independence Monument are the big catch of this trail.
Visitor Center The view across the canyon to the visitor center (left).
Ottos Trail Overlook Sentinel Spire on the right.
Window Rock Colorado National Monument A close-up photo of Window Rock with the town of Fruita behind.
Directly across the overlook stands the Pipe Organ.
John Otto

John Otto Marriage

Independence Monument Climb Route

An interesting sign about John Otto. I think it's hilarious and kind of sad that his marriage lasted on a few weeks ... all because of his obsession with his mules!

It's amazing that people climb up Independence Monument, isn't it?

Colorado National Monument Yours truly. A nice and short afternoon hike.


Showing the scenery at the overlook.

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