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Otto Trail, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > Northwest
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,833 feet
Elevation Gain 95 feet
Accumulated Gain 98 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.49
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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13  2016-01-10 PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 137
Routes 111
Photos 5,253
Trips 942 map ( 2,097 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:02am - 6:12pm
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You Otto see the view!
by PaleoRob

Likely In-Season!
Overview: John Otto was personally responsible for the creation of Colorado National Monument. He first saw the redrock canyons near Grand Junction in 1906 worked tirelessly for the area to be protected by the federal government; a dream that came true in 1911. After the monument was created Otto became its first superintendent. Many of the geographic features in the monument bear his name. This short trail is a great way to see several of them from the rim.

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.

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2016-01-10 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Otto Trail
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    Was going to hike in some of the canyons off of the Redlands but decided to head up on top and catch some sunset stuff. Only saw one other vehicle on the road each way, but I did see bighorns; an ewe and ~8 lambs!

    The trail itself was snow covered but easy to traverse. No need to put on crampons, let alone snowshoes. Off the trail the snow was between 2" - 5" deep, depending on daily shade. I was the only one on the trail.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Grand Junction head west on I-70. Exit the freeway at the Fruita exit and turn left. Follow that road south. You will cross the Colorado River and climb a rise. At the top of this rise is the entrance to the monument. Turn right and take Rimrock Drive up into the park. The signed Otto Trail parking lot is the first paved pullout on the left side of the road after the Visitor's Center.
    page created by PaleoRob on Jan 10 2016 9:31 pm
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