The Historic Trails View Overlook is 2.4 miles from the west entrance station at Colorado National Monument on the north side of Rim Rock Drive. The overlook perches above Grand Valley and the Colorado River far below. An interpretative sign at the overlook explains the Fruita Dugway, a historic trail that was used by early ranchers to more cattle from the valley up through the national monument to high pastures around Glade Park and Piñon Mesa. The trail threaded up the eastern edge of Kodels Canyon, then climbed out a shallow canyon just west of the overlook onto the slope above the road. The Dugway trail was built in 1907 during the construction of a pipeline that carried water from the mesa to the town of Fruita. The small pullout has room for about three cars. Be careful pulling back onto Rim Rock Drive after stopping at the overlook.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green