This trek was an absolute delight!
Being my 97th National Monument visited, it says a lot that this is my absolute FAVORITE to date. I was truly blown away!
Before even escaping the comfort of my car AC, the 23 mile scenic drive was easily one of the best in the country passing by mind blowing natural sculptures and dangerous drop offs.
I had a long list of iconic hikes on my wish list within the monument, so I made time for a second late afternoon visit prior to leaving my Grand Junction home base. Just inside the southern entrance, the Devil’s Kitchen trailhead is an easy trek into the valley below.
Besides passing 2 families heading out, I quickly descended and came upon the short but steep scramble up to the prize. I had a blast jumping amongst all the massive boulders for my own mini photo session. What an absolute pleasure and refresher for the soul!
But I wasn’t done just yet….. I tacked on another 3+ miles down through Echo Canyon and Serpent’s trails, because WHY NOT?!?