Cold Shivers Point is one of Colorado National Monument’s most dramatic and spectacular overlooks. The viewpoint above narrow Columbus Canyon perches on the edge of a 300-foot Wingate Sandstone cliff that’s certain to give every acrophobic traveler a chill down their spine when they peer over the sharp cliff edge. The wheelchair-accessible overlook is best approached by driving up Rim Rock Drive from the monument’s east entrance since the road reaches the canyon rim at the viewpoint. Walk out a short paved trail to the fenced overlook from a small roadside parking lot. Look left from the overlook to the head of the canyon. The view to the right looks down the short canyon to Grand Junction in the valley beyond.
- Cold Shivers Point is at the top of a vertical cliff. The overlook is airy and exposed spot, especially if you stand next to the fencing. The long fenced area offers plenty of great photo ops so resist the urge to scramble onto the canyon rim for a different vantage point. Footing on the cliff edge is insecure and the stone beneath your feet can break. Keep control of your children. Several people have died here from falling over edge of the overlook. Remember that falls are the third leading cause of deaths in National Parklands.
- Cold Shivers Point is a great accessible overlook for wheelchairs and strollers. The paved trail is wide and level. Other accessible viewpoints on Rim Rock Drive are Coke Ovens Overlook, Independence Monument View, and Book Cliffs View. Accessible restrooms are at Saddlehorn Visitor Center and Devil Kitchen Picnic Area. Two accessible campsites are at Saddlehorn Campground.
- Glade Park Road just south of Cold Shivers Point accesses Rattlesnake Canyon in Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness west of the monument. The canyon boasts nine natural arches, the second largest number of arches outside of Arches National Park. The trailhead to the canyon is reached by dirt roads west of the village of Glade Park. A high-clearance vehicle is required. A loop trail explores the area, passing Cedar Tree Arch, East Rim Arch, and Bridge Arch. Ask for directions at the monument visitor center.
- Devils Kitchen Trail near the monument’s east entrance is a fun 0.75-mile trail that climbs to Devils Kitchen, a group of sandstone pinnacles. The trail is easy to follow, has minimal elevation gain, and ends at a cool shady alcove. The 1.5-mile round-trip hike is great for kids and families. Near the trailhead is Devils Kitchen Picnic Area for your after-hike lunch.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green