Monument Rocks

An out-and-back trail with the chance to see wild horses.

Total Miles
27.1
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
2153.48

Duration
4 to 5

Technical Rating
2/10

Best Time
Spring/Fall

Trail Overview

Spend some time with the wild horses on this out-and-back trail through LIttle Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area. There will be chance to take photos at some overlooks, and there are a few camping options. The trail ends at Monument Rocks. This trail also gives you the option to connect to Dry Fork trail. This trail is open all year, but may close unexpectedly for weather.

Difficulty

Easy. Mostly smooth dirt road with bumpy sections. Several mildly steep hills with embedded rock. Routefinding can be confusing with so many gas well access roads. Difficult trail continues after Wpt. 05. We stopped here.

History

In 1971, the Wild and Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act was signed by President Richard Nixon. The act made it a crime for anyone to harass or kill these animals on federal land. Today there are approximately 270 of these BLM management areas across 10 states, comprising over 31 million acres. Bring binoculars to see the horses as they always keep themselves at a distance.

Access Description

Get off I-70 at De Beque, Exit 62. From gas station head north on Roan Creek Road, C.R. 45, over river for 0.5 mile. Turn left on 4th St., then left again on Minter Ave. At 1.3 miles, turn right on unpaved road V 2/10. Follow road west for another 3.3 miles to start of trail at 'Y' intersection.

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