Serpents Trail

MODERATE 124 reviews

Serpents Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.4 miles
780 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

9 days ago

Easy walk down, slightly harder up. We went at 2pm and there is, like others have noted zero protection from the sun.

1 month ago

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 !

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

4 months ago

The best hike to keep in shape.

5 months ago

Not too hard of a hike but a fun one. I hiked it on a cloudy day in October and actually got above the clouds which was really cool. This trail is wide and is set up for the casual sightseer. It's one of the more popular trails at Colorado National Monument. Took me a little over one one hour to hike up and down at a casual pace. The views of the Grand Valley, Mt. Garfield, and the Bookcliffs are stunning.

7 months ago

Hiked the trail yesterday. Great trail for beginners and experienced hikers. Also if you like bouldering and going off the trail this is a good trail to hike.

7 months ago

I like this trail for kids and visiting relatives as it has great views of the valley and really easy paths. However unlike this site’s description, I would not consider it lightly trafficked. On the weekends it feels like a superhighway and I often end up closely following groups of people up the first half of the hike. Also I have noted several illiterate tourists that still bring dogs. This can be frustrating with all the heavy traffic.

9 months ago

My first hike I did in the monument when I moved here in June 2017. Went the opposite way (top->bottom->top) but a cool trail! Lots of switch backs which are always fun. And lots of people trail running!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The old road is now a trail. Feels like More of a walk than a "hike."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nice workout!! (Trail is super wide it used to be the old road) lots of places to stop and look at the views. It's not very long and doesn't have any shade. the best time to go is pretty early in the morning, I wouldn't go out during the day it gets way too hot! Great for kids of all ages no dogs unfortunately.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Great trail for cardio. Easy level path that goes up the mesa and back. Awesome views.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great views on this hike. The surface is flat and easy walking (not rocky) and the up hill makes for a great cardio workout. My family loved it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Easy surface. Moderately steep grade. Great views.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Not a severe incline. More like hiking a dirt road than a trail. Good for an hour jaunt.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The path is wide enough to walk side by side with a few hiking companions. and it's a good workout but there is not much else to it.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Very steep and it will kick your but if you're out of shape. Nothing to climb over or anything. Well maintained. Just pretty steep if you're starting at the Devil's Kitchen end.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Very steep uphill climb if you start on Devils Kitchen Trailhead but then a nice enjoyable climb down. Very beautiful!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Beautiful hike anytime of the year ! I've been on many night hikes there as well. On clear, moonlit nights the stars are stunning beautiful views I highly recommend !

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nice wide trail/road. Perfect for a power or speed hike as the trail has no ankle breaking rocks. Awesome views as you go up.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

well defined trail with great views of the valley. A perfect morning hike!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Really beautiful, lots of places to adventure off the trail to catch some different views without getting lost. Trail was well-defined and an easy out-and-back walk. Absolutely recommended.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Awesome views and some pretty cool "off the trail sights to see. Would definitely go back.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Very nice trail, beautiful views. my 9 year old easily rocked this :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This trail is good for beginning hikers, it's a great trail for kids and family. I like that it's really wide so it's easier to pass people and move around. It is also a great place for pictures, every time you get higher it's prettier. This overall is one of the best trails.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Super easy hike. No shade all of the trail was sun exposed. No really steep cliffs. Wide walking path.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fairly easy hike up the old monument road. Great views!

Friday, April 29, 2016

It was fun, good exercise. Nice views of Grand Junction. Nice plants and birds, a friendly squirrel and humans along the trail. No serpents on this day. BITCHEN geological formation!

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