Scenic USA - Colorado

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Serpents Trail

Serpents Trail

Photo by Ben Prepelka

It's about 10 miles from the east entrance to the west entrance . . . that is, as the crow flies. In reality, the Rim Rock Drive logs over 20 miles. The Colorado National Monument's park road starts to climb immediately past the Grand Junction (east) entrance on the way to the top of the Monument Mesa and Devils Kitchen. To the north of the switchbacks and Dogs Tooth, lies the Serpents Trail, the crookedest road in the world. The trail served as part of the park's road until 1950. Today it serves as a hiking trail, just under two miles.
This spectacular scenery is easily accessed by many of the trails set up by John Otto. Visitors should tip their hats to John as he pushed for park status and built many of the trails long before it became a park. Otto's hope was that someday others would enjoy this wonderful landscape and spectacular canyon views.


 

 

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