Grand Junction, Colorado

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Trail Hike


New Winter Trail Photos



(AKA Trail of the Serpent or Serpentine Trail)


Other Trails: IndependenceMomument, Colorado River Front Trail , Wild Horse, Bangs Canyon, Rough Canyon

When I was young, I remember watching a short TV program on the "most curved road" in America, the film showed scenes of 1950's motorists trying to pull their trailers up what is now Serpents Trail. This was long before larger demands of SUV's and Motorhomes. Initially the only and later the eastern entrance to the Colorado National Monument was converted into a short hiking trail.

See National Registry information below:

Colorado National Monument
National Register 4/21/1994, 5ME.100

Constructed between 1912 and 1921, Serpents Trail provided the only automobile access to Colorado National Monument until 1937 when the Fruita Canyon portion of Rim Rock Drive opened. Serpents Trail reflects engineering techniques used in the construction of early automobile roads in difficult terrain and was specifically designed to optimize the scenery of the park. John Otto, the original booster of the park's scenic wonders and the custodian of Colorado National Monument from 1911 to 1927, designed the original route and was involved in its sporadic construction. The project also provided access to the Glade Park region, and local engineers and citizens contributed to its construction and funding. Serpents Trail now functions as a 1.6 mile foot trail. Listed under Colorado National Monument Multiple Property Submission

If you have a couple of hours - take a hike!

As you can observe while on the Serpents Trail hike, the replacement road is much less curved!

Just past the eastern entrance of the Colorado National Monument the trial is well marked and parking is available.

Yucca and Mahonia are just two the plants would will see. Mormon Tea is a distive plant with a long history of medicinal use.

Perhaps you might see a Collard Lizard

Desert Colors

Bicyclists reenact their own "Tour of the Moon" and "American Flyer".








Switchbacks follow John Otto's orginal trail.

The Trail In Winter





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