Who Are Those Masked Men At Colorado National Monument?

If you visit Colorado National Monument this summer and drive the park's scenic Rim Rock Drive, you may encounter a group of masked men along the way. Fear not, Jesse James and his gang haven't been reincarnated, but this bunch certainly deserves the "tough guys" label.

Colorado National Monument Hosts the Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour

The Ride The Rockies bicycle tour takes several thousand cyclists on a week-long ride through the Colorado Rockies each June. The first stage of this year's RTR showcased one of America's most popular mountain biking routes, the spectacularly scenic Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument .

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Entrance, Camping Fees At Colorado National Monument Could Rise in 2011

Having gone five years without an increase in entrance fees, officials at Colorado National Monument are proposing a slight boost in the rates for 2011.

Hiking To Be Highlighted at Colorado National Monument on May 1

A celebration of hiking will be held Saturday, May 1, at Colorado National Monument when visitors are invited to participate in the inaugural "Serpents Trail Centennial Challenge."

Traveler's Gear Box: Moab Trails Illustrated Explorer

One CD-Rom that works with either Mac or PC. Mapping software that let's you zoom in and out, pan right or left, and take a bird's eye 3-D view of the lay of the land. And the ability to load the map onto more than a few GPS units. Has National Geographic hit upon something with its Trails Illustrated Explorer series?

Whoa! Did I Read That Right? Double-Take Posts of 2009

Finicky bears, addled boaters, a cannon that was, a cannonball that wasn’t. In 2009, these and other outside-the-box stories reminded us that you just never know what you’re going to run into – or what might run into you -- in America’s national parks.

Colorado National Monument Rangers Charge Man in Connection With Dog Killed By Dragging

A 37-year-old Colorado man was arrested Thursday in connection with the dragging death of a dog at Colorado National Monument.

Authorities Searching For Those Who Dragged Dog to Death at Colorado National Monument

An adult German shepherd that appeared to be in fine physical condition was dragged to death behind a vehicle at Colorado National Monument early Wednesday, prompting authorities to seek information leading to those responsible.

Colorado National Monument Hosts Park Manager Delegation from Mongolia

Mother Nature doesn’t give a hoot about international park exchanges. When a Mongolian delegation recently visited Colorado National Monument, they were greeted by minus-four cold and foot-deep snow. This didn’t deter them, their TNC sponsors, or the park staff.

New Trail Crew at Colorado National Monument was Shovel-Ready

The new trail crew at Colorado National Monument.
Like most parks, Colorado National Monument has a lot of trails that can use some work. In 2009 the park had its first trail crew in decades, and visitors can already enjoy the results of some projects that were ready for pick and shovel.

One Way to Grow the Next Generation of Park Supporters

Participants in camping trip.
How do you grow the next generation of park supporters? One formula is a cookout, s'mores around a campfire, a ranger-guided hike complete with exciting wildlife sightings, and an overnight camping trip. Colorado National Monument recently used grant funding to make it possible for a group of youngsters to enjoy those classic outdoor experiences.

Classic Road Bike Rides in the National Parks of the Intermountain West

Experiencing our national parks’ grandeur from the saddle of a road bike is a bit like summiting a high peak. The arduous pedal through the park is rewarded with the scenery and equally thrilling descent from the park roads’ high points. Fall is sublime for cycling in national parks, so with the season quickly approaching, now is the time to experience the Mountain West’s greatest national park road cycling routes.

An Untimely Accident Fatally Injures a Colorado National Monument Bicyclist

Last Saturday afternoon, 65-year old Stanley Dodson, an avid cyclist and freshly-retired university professor, became the first person in the 98-year history of Colorado National Monument to be fatally injured while bicycling in the park.

Vandals Trash Historic CCC Building at Colorado National Monument

A building at Colorado National Monument constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps crews in 1941 and long popular with visitors to the monument has been vandalized.

Don't Try this At Home: Driver's Life Saved By Vegetation and Ledge at Colorado National Monument

Every now and then, you have to thank your lucky stars. That, no doubt, is what's going through the mind of a Colorado man who narrowly avoided serious injury, if not certain death, at Colorado National Monument.

"Pssst, Buddy…Got Some Photos to Show Us?"

If you're a serious photographer—or just an average one who got lucky—you might want to consider entering some of your shots of national parks in one or more photo contests that are currently accepting entries.

Dying in the Parks: Park Service Concerned About Suicides

Each year nearly 100 people attempt suicide somewhere in the national park system. That's a troubling statistic for the National Park Service.