Echo CanyonDate: 5/31/2010
Miles: Approx. 3 Miles Round Trip
Time: 1.5 hours
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 39° 1’54.43″N, 108°37’50.24″W
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Echo Canyon is located at the East entrance to the Colorado National Monument across the road from the Devils Kitchen picnic area. There is a $15 per vehicle entrance fee to the monument. There is also a yearly pass you can get for $40. The yearly pass gives you unlimited entrance to the monument for one year. The Devils Kitchen picnic area has picnic tables, restrooms with running water and grills. It’s a nice place to grill up some burgers before going on a hike.
To get to the trail follow the No Thoroughfare and Devils Kitchen trail for a short distance down the hill. A few hundred yards will bring you to a Y. There is a sign indicating Echo Canyon and The Old Gordon Trail is to the left. Continue following this trail to the creek bed. The Echo Canyon trail has been changed a little due to some one purchasing some land it traversed and fenced off a section. At the time we went, there were some temporary signs indicating you need to continue following the Old Gordon Trail for a ways up the slickrock. We didn’t see any where that told us when to leave the Old Gordon Trail, so I just continued following the fence and it eventually made a turn and ended up connecting to the actual trail.
Once on the actual Echo Canyon Trail, things changed quite a bit. The first section of the trail follows along a little creek bed. When we went there was still a little water running in it. The beginning of the trail winds through some tall weeds and big trees that offer shade and a cooling rest after the short hike from the trail head. Once you get out of the weeds and trees the trail meanders along the base of the cliff, zig zagging around boulders and small pot holes.
You will have no problem recognizing the end of the trail as it abruptly dead ends and a high spillway. It’s a nice place to rest and have a snack and relax for a while before heading back. There is a little mine or something a little ways up the cliff which is kind of interesting. Be careful exploring there are various clusters of Poison Ivey growing around the area.
I rated this trail a 3 1/2 because of the scenery and how mild the trail was. It is an enjoyable trail to go on if you just want a quick fun hike.