Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter is located off the beaten path at the south end of the Colorado Monument and just outside of Grand Junction, Colorado. The shelter was built in 1941 and designed by Harvey H. Cornell, Jerome C. Miller and Kenneth M. Saunders of the National Park Branch of Plans and Design in 1940. Construction was done by the craftsmen known as LEM’s (Local Experienced Men). They were reputable stone masons of the time with Italian descent. Much of the material for building Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter came from Rim Rock Drive construction, the road going over the Colorado Monument. It was put on the US National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
My family and I have been here several times and love it. It is a mesmerizing place for families to get together. There is so much to do for nature lovers, including many paths to climb with beautiful scenery along the way. Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter has 15 picnic tables and 6 charcoal only grills. I love to come here! My family and I love to walk on the paths, some of them are very short and make for an easy hike.
Everything at Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter is in good repair including the restrooms along with the picnic tables and grills. The shelter is very unusual due to it’s large size and the 3 stone fireplaces which are closed now.
Across the street of Rim Rock Drive near the picnic area are larger hiking paths for more experienced hikers and nature lovers. They range in different levels of difficulty. Rim Rock Drive is the 23 mile scenic road going over the Colorado Monument. It is a very captivating drive. Devil’s Kitchen in the Colorado Monument is a group of free-standing boulders and red spires, which inspired the name.
The next time you are in Colorado and want to have a nice picnic visit Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter. I know the whole family will love it. It only costs $10 a carload to get in.
For more information visit on the web at: https://www.nps.gov/colm/