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Welcome The New Year With Fireworks Display At Colorado National Monument


If you're still looking for a unique way to ring in 2011, you might consider heading to western Colorado and Colorado National Monument, where a special fireworks display will mark the end of 2010.

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on December 31 and run for about 30 minutes. Park officials say the best play to watch the fireworks will be the Book Cliffs View Shelter and Canyon Rim Drive near Saddlehorn Picnic Area.

If you're planning to attend, you can find parking at the Saddlehorn Picnic Area and Saddlehorn Campground loops.

The public is encouraged to arrive at the west entrance station beginning at 6:00 p.m. and no later than 7:15 pm at the west gate to be able to park and get to viewing areas.

There will be reserved parking and viewing areas for disabled visitors at the Visitor Center porch and Window Rock Trailhead next to Book Cliffs View Shelter.

Park officials also have arranged free shuttle buses, which will run from Dinosaur Journey’s Parking Lot in Fruita, Colorado, starting at 6:15 p.m. and continuing until 7:00 p.m. Return Shuttle buses will begin to leave Saddlehorn Picnic Area Parking Lot starting at 8:40 p.m.

Before the fireworks begin, there will be a bonfire and marshmallow roasting event at 6:30 p.m. at the park's Saddlehorn Picnic Area. Food and hot beverages will be available for sale at this outdoor location (cash only). Glow sticks and other event merchandise will also be for sale here (cash only). Visitor Center Store can accept charge and debit cards but not outdoor sales tent

The Colorado Monument's visitor center is scheduled to remain open until 10 p.m. December 31. Visitors are advised to wear extra warm clothing, boots or sturdy warm shoes, extra outer wear such as hats, gloves, scarves are recommended. Bring flashlights, headlamps, folding chairs. Smoking is not permitted other than in an established smoking area in C Loop of campground. No pets and no alcohol.

If you have any questions, you can call the park at 970-858-3617 and then extension 300.


It sounds like a lot of fun --- but who's paying for it?


If you click through Kurt's link to the Monument's website, then their link about the fireworks, you'll see at the bottom that "Fireworks made possible by a generous donation by Alpine Bank". I don't think that COLM's budget could afford the tens of thousands of dollars for the fireworks, especially in the face of looming cuts back to 2008 levels (which will especially effect small and medium-sized units).

The fireworks are part of the Monument's celebration of its 100th anniversary.

Thanks. I figured it had to be something like that.

Sorry about not clicking -- but I was just becoming comfortable with the 20th Century and here came the 21st!

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