Devils Kitchen Trail (Colorado National Monument)

red-orange sandstone towers and boulders with an open blue sky
Devils Kitchen

NPS Photo / N Scarborough

Quick Facts
Just inside the East (Grand Junction) Entrance

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

  • Location: From the east entrance, travel 0.2 miles (0.3 km). Limited parking is on the left. For additional parking, turn right into the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. The trailhead is shared with two other trails: No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail and Old Gordon Trail. Serpents Trail access is across the road.
  • Mileage: 0.75 one way (1.2 km)
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4,990 to 5,060 feet (1521 to 1542 meters)
  • Average time: 1 hour
  • Usage: Hiking and horseback riding.
  • Description: Gradual ascent to a natural opening formed by a circle of huge upright boulders. At the first fork, go right. At the second fork, go left. Follow the trail across the wash. As you proceed up the canyon, you will see the large rock grotto that is Devils Kitchen. Keep on the established trail and follow the carved steps up the slickrock. As you approach the base of the rock formation, go left around it and hike into the rock opening.

Colorado National Monument

Last updated: April 5, 2024