Devils Kitchen Utah

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 0.25-0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 8351 - 8372 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Devils Kitchen
Fee: none
Attractions: Interesting geology




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The Devils Kitchen trail is located in the Uinta National Forest between Payson City and Nephi, Utah. Natural forces have caused the unique geology at the site to weather into spires and hoodoos reminiscent of those at Bryce Canyon National Park. With several picnic tables and a restroom Devils Kitchen can be a good location for a family picnic.


The trailhead is located along the Nebo Loop Road 28 miles south of Payson and 15 miles north of Nephi. Use the 'Get Directions' function of Google Maps to decide which way that you would like to go. A good option is to drive the entire loop stopping at other trails along the way like the Grotto Falls.


Pavement makes the trails surface wheelchair and stroller friendly.


The short trail travels through aspen and pine trees with a thick undergrowth of various bushes and wildflowers. Several interpretive signs point out a few things of interest along the trail.


Due to a narrow section of pavement anyone in a wheelchair will need to exercise caution at the point where the trail transitions to the overlook platform to avoid a spill.


This sign explains the geological processes that led to Devil's Kitchens present day appearance.


The loosely compacted conglomerate soil is easily eroded into hoodoos and spires.


With the dominating bulk of Mount Nebo blocking out the western sky sunset arrives each day several hours earlier at this location. It is July and the mountain is still holding onto pockets of snow.


The Mount Nebo Loop Road is pleasant to drive as it snakes its way through canyons and over the eastern flanks of the mountain. In summer the cooler temperatures provide a temporary reprieve from the valleys norm. Forested slopes of pines and conifers with grassy meadows and an abundance of wildflowers add to the beautiful scene. The Devil's Kitchen is an ideal rest stop for any drive around the loop. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.