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Colorado National Monument

Hiking Devil's Kitchen - Colorado National Monument Hiking Devil's Kitchen

Colorado National Monument

Overview

RATING: Easy / Short Hike
MAPS: COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, CO

Thu

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

69 | 53

Fri

A chance of rain showers before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

62 | 49

Sat

Showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

57 | 46

Sun

A chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

61 | 44

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 45

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SEASON: Any, hot in the summer
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Thu

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

69 | 53

Fri

A chance of rain showers before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

62 | 49

Sat

Showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

57 | 46

Sun

A chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

61 | 44

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 45

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Devil's Kitchen (5-year-old for scale)

Devil's Kitchen (5-year-old for scale)

To me, Devil's Kitchen, near the east entrance to Colorado National Monument, is one of the best hikes in the monument. The hike, though short, visits a dramatic area surrounded by sandstone walls and towers. On our visit, it was delightfully filled with families climbing around and exploring the area. A playground for both young and old alike!

Those looking for a longer outing can combine this hike with the bottom end of No Thoroughfare Canyon that starts on the same trail. Doing both makes for a great, scenic half-day outing suitable for most.

Heading up to Devil's Kitchen

Heading up to Devil's Kitchen

Getting There

From the east side entrance to Colorado National Monument, drive 0.2 miles past the entrance fee station. The trailhead is on the left side of the road. There is somewhat limited parking. If full, there is overflow parking at the Devil's Kitchen Picnic area that is just across the road from the trailhead, where a paved road goes a short distance to a picnic area. There is a restroom at the picnic area.

A close-up of the walls of Devil's Kitchen

A close-up of the walls of Devil's Kitchen

Route

From the trailhead, follow the trail south. In just a couple of minutes is the junction with Echo Canyon/Old Gordon Trail, leaving on the left. Go right at this junction.

About a quarter of a mile from the trailhead is the second junction. Go left here to reach Devil's Kitchen. Right goes to No Thoroughfare Canyon.

From the No Thoroughfare junction, the trail heads south on an easy-to-follow path, then crosses the shallow wash. Once across the wash, the trail becomes very braided with a variety of social trails. Head up the slope to the obvious sandstone towers that make up Devil's Kitchen.

After visiting Devil's Kitchen, the social trails continue a few minutes south to a viewpoint looking up at dry falls of the small side canyon. Return the same way.


Maps

Route / 1.51 miles / Elevation Range 4,989 - 5,233 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 705080mE 4322974mN

N39° 01' 54" W108° 37' 51"

Jct - Right

12S 705194mE 4322798mN

N39° 01' 49" W108° 37' 46"

Jct - Left

12S 705096mE 4322619mN

N39° 01' 43" W108° 37' 50"

Devil's Kitchen

12S 705018mE 4322276mN

N39° 01' 32" W108° 37' 54"

End Of Trail

12S 705012mE 4322012mN

N39° 01' 23" W108° 37' 54"

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