Camp overnight in red rock country! Colorado National Monument is the eastern gateway into the Colorado Plateau. Across the mesas or in the hanging canyons, your peaceful night will be shared with coyotes, stars, and the smell of sagebrush. The Milky Way can be seen on dark, clear nights. The natural soundscape can be loud with crickets, frogs, and birds, and still be one of the quietest nights of your year.
Come to Saddlehorn Visitor Center for your free backcountry permit.
Backcountry Camping Regulations
A backcountry use permit must be in your possession while traveling in the backcountry. Did we mention that you should get your permit from the visitor center? Permits are free and must be picked up at the visitor center. Regulations are in effect to protect park resources and reduce visitor impacts. Backcountry campers should find remote location where they can neither be seen nor heard. It is the responsibility of all trip participants to know and obey the following regulations (we know there are a lot, but stick with us) while in the backcountry:
Where/How to Camp
Last updated: May 25, 2022