Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Colorado National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great exercise and beautiful views

please note that this review is based on starting from the upper trailhead and hiking down two miles.

it is basically an old dirt road converted to a trail and winds through the relatively flat part of the Mesa. there are no views to speak of and if you go to miles, you can see Ute Canyon in the far distance but not awesome and not worth the hike.

hiking from the lower trailhead or hiking all the way down from the upper trailhead may afford a better hike.

Great hike, box like rock canyon at the end is shaded and cool after the hot hike. Definately bring some water!

Easy hike with beautiful views, have been hiking this trail for over 12 years, it never gets old. Try hiking it at sunrise, sunset and even at night with a full moon shining as your only light, you won't regret it. I've done this trail well over 200 times as I live a fairly close, that being said if you hike this in the summer you better get there no later than 6am or you will be roasting in the heat on the way back down, happy hiking !

really easy hike if u like the natural place and u take wheel chairs to the hike AND THE VIEW IS REALLY PRETTY

hiking
12 days ago

This was a great little trail right at the entrance of the park. It’s very easy to find and follow and offers great views along the way. There is very little coverage from the sun as it used to act as a model t road, so be sure to have sun protection and water.

Beautiful trail with amazing rock formations! Easy enough for the kids but very hot out there bring lots of water even for this short hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike and beautiful views but be cautious on your footing in some areas. Well worth the trip.

Nice easy trail. Wide path, great for visiting with fellow hikers and great views.

Nice little hike to a great rock formation. Well worth the walk up.

Great starter trail for my wife and I during our stay in the area. Unfortunately waterfalls were just a trickle as it’s dry. Some boulder scrambling but loved it.

Beautiful views of Colo NM. Not terribly difficult. Easy terrain and lovely overviews of the canyon.

Short and sweet. It was fun to run down, but watch your footing.

This is one of my favourite... the rocks are beautiful the wild life amazing and trail is marked good. Take water and try to make it to the top it’s amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Basically a walk up a steep dirt road. Very exposed - sunscreen and water a must.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to Ottos Bathtub from the Rim Rock Dr. Trail Head for Liberty Cap- Super easy trail as its an old road. Made it out to the bathtub but did not climb down in!

walking
1 month ago

Easy walk to the view point. Didn't make it up to the alcove

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk. Read about the first superintendent that climbed Independence Rock every 4th of July to plant an American Flag at the top. Heard voices and looked over to the rock and saw two climbers a short distance from the top

Not a very interesting trail. Views similar to what get from the highway

hiking
1 month ago

After dropping down following multiple switchbacks the trail forks and is an easy walk to the viewpoint. Great views

hiking
1 month ago

Trail wide and well marked until I got to where the trails leaves the wash. Saw only one cairn so I just followed all of the foot traffic which lead me way above the kitchen. Returned back done and figured out where the kitchen really was. The actual Devils Kitchen was awesome.

my favorite hike ever!

I've gone 3 times in the last month. I absolutely love this trail. I hike the wildwood trail to liberty cap. I feel like Sylvester Stallone at the top!!!❤

hiking
2 months ago

I'd say a good portion is walking down the side of the cliff, and back up. nice trail, usually not many people probably for that reason.

A nice warm up for more strenuous trails in the Monument.

Have hiked parts of this trail coming off the Nature Trailhead across from Visitor's Center and then from the CCC trail. Saw one other person on the two days we were on the trail. Great views, nice rolling terrain. A terrific constitutional on a beautiful day.

Easy trail, perfect after lunch at the nearby Picnic Area. Great views!

A steep climb in some places, level in others, its primary value is as a connector to the Black Ridge or Liberty Cap Trails. Both of these have better views and more interesting landscapes.

2 months ago

Super easy hike! With an amazing view at the end. Well throughout the entire hike.

very pretty trail and quiet. We saw few hikers. It was a very calm and clear, we were able to se Utah. We started at the Visitor Center and exited at the CCC Trail branch. We hiked the road back, we got to see the entire canyon but would choose that option next time. definitely recommend sunglasses and a hat!

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