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You Otto see the view!
Warning: There is no water and little shade along this short trail. Several sections have severe unprotected drop-offs next to the trail. Exercise caution.
History: John Otto did not blaze the Otto Trail but the short hike takes you to an overlook where you can see Independence Monument, one of the most famous spires in the park. Otto was a steadfast American patriot and gave many of the locations in the monument similarly patriotic names. Other locations received more colorful names, such as Organ Pipes. These are the tall pinnacles seen at the end of the trail.
Hike: The hike is easy and straightforward. From the parking area, follow the maintained and marked trail out along the point of land. The trail trends gradually downward from the parking area, including one section with stone steps. The trail crosses a pinon-juniper woodland atop the Entrada sandstone with great views at the end of Independence Monument, Organ Pipes, and the city of Fruita. On a clear day Grand Mesa can be seen over the eastern canyon rim.
Water Sources: None. Bring your own.
Camping: The park campground is located near the visitor center, about 1/2 mile away down the park road.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.