Colorado National Monument: Devil’s Kitchen

The Colorado National Monument is a 23,500-acre national monument located along the Uncompahgre Plateau. In 1911, President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation that created this monument. However, due to its location and the surrounding terrain, it took the building of roads and trails during its first 40 years to convince Americans to come and visit. The Colorado National Monument protects six canyons and several sandstone monoliths. One of the Colorado National Monument’s defining features is Devils Kitchen, a rocky grotto located in the monument. Tourists can reach this attraction by hiking along the Devils Kitchen trail. This moderately difficult trail is 0.75 miles long, and it takes visitors about an hour to walk.