Devils Kitchen Hike

Colorado National Monument

Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado

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Devils Kitchen Hike

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  • The trail starts out dropping into a shallow canyon.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • The desert along the trail looks more like Utah than Colorado.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • The back of the Devils Kitchen formation.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • The rocks of Devils Kitchen.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • Devils Kitchen.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • The Devils Kitchen area is fun to explore.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • Lone tree.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • The red sandstone rocks are typical of Colorado National Monument.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • Late afternoon light on the Devils Kitchen.- Devils Kitchen Hike
  • Cloud, rock, and juniper.- Devils Kitchen Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short, easy hike. Fun rock scrambling. Nice views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Uncompahgre Plateau, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,058 ft (1,542 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
192 ft (59 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Just inside the east entrance to Colorado National Monument there is a short, easy hiking trail that leads to Devils Kitchen, a spectacular feature that is very fun to explore and beautiful to photograph at sunset. This trail shares a parking area with the Serpents Trail, the original park road built in the 1920s, that is very popular with local runners and walkers. So even if the parking lot is crowded, the Devils Kitchen Trail may not be too busy.

Starting down the trail, there are a few junctions along the route to Devils Kitchen that are well-marked. The last part of the trail is a climb up the slickrock side of the formation itself, but the real beauty of the rocks doesn’t appear until the top, when the view from the other side and the path up into the rocks is apparent. For the hardier hikers, it is possible to hike off-trail up the small peak on the southwest side of the formation for a bird's-eye view.

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