Serpents Trail (Colorado National Monument)

winding sandy path ascends a long ramp with views of forested canyons
Serpents Trail

NPS Photo / Carla Dekalb

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 upper trailhead parking area is 2.3 miles past this point, just after the tunnel.
  • Mileage: 1.75 one way (2.8 km)
  • Difficulty Level: Steep
  • Elevation: 5,060 to 5,760 feet (1542 to 1756 meters)
  • Average time: 1 hour
  • Usage: Hiking only. Horses prohibited.
  • Description: Called "the crookedest road in the world," this historic trail has 16 switchbacks. The trail climbs steadily from east to west through Wingate Sandstone. Built in the early 1900s, this route was part of the main road until 1950.

Colorado National Monument

Last updated: January 11, 2024