Devil’s Head National Recreation Trail

Devils Head Trail View From Tower

Devil’s Head Trail begins by passing through several large Aspen stands that are quite beautiful; especially in autumn. The hike continues to wind its way up through Evergreen forest and around huge granite boulders. Through the breaks in the trees you will be able to catch several glimpses of the Eastern plains. The trail is well established and well maintained. It is a popular hike site and sees a lot of traffic.

Devils Head Trail

The trail ends atop a massive granite outcrop where Devil’s Head Fire Tower Lookout is located. It is the last operating fire lookout on the Front Range. The staircase up to the fire tower is steep and not for the faint of heart. You will need to be cautious climbing these 143 steps. From the tower you will have a full 360 degree view of the Rockies and the eastern plains. Absolutely breathtaking!!

Devils Head Fire Tower

The station is manned during the summer months by a National Forest Service Ranger. Kids really enjoy climbing the tower and seeing the ranger at work in his/her post. It is one office that literally sits on top of the world. The trail is open year round, and the tower is accessible during the off-season as well. Devil’s Head Trail and campground (at the trailhead) are very busy during the summer. It is good to arrive early to avoid crowds and the frequent afternoon storms Colorado produces.

Devils Tower Tower Stairs

Restrooms are available at parking lot/trailhead AND at the base of the fire tower. Picnic spot recommendation:The ideal picnic site for this hike is at the end of the trail (on top of the mountain) at the base of the stairway that leads to the fire tower. There is a picnic table and a pleasant grassy area with huge pine trees – ideal for resting or even a good game of Frisbee.

Devils Head Inside Fire Tower

Devils Tower Map Inside Fire Tower

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32 thoughts on “Devil’s Head National Recreation Trail

  1. marynorton

    Take a camera for this one! One of the best views in Colorado! And there are huge stands of Aspen trees that are changing color now (September)!

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  3. Angelstars1969

    dear mary…….
     well was reading some of the past notes posted… and have to tell you that my hubby and  i can usually be found there at a certain spot and we have been very successful in our rock hounding trips…  just look for the chick standin on the side of the roads with  rock hammer in her hand…maybe she’ll tell you….and maybe not 

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    • Anonymous

      Hi. We’ve tried other hikes in that area but found that the motor bikes share those same trails which makes it a really unpleasant hike. Sorry, no recommendations for any trails up near Rampart Range Road.

      -Mary

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      • Kline6102

        There is great hiking about .5 miles west of hwy 67 and rampart range road, it’s called indian creek campground. Beautiful 5′ ferns in the summer and some great wildflowers. From DH I would say it is about 11 miles north.

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    • Kline6102

      There is great hiking about .5 miles west of hwy 67 and rampart range road, it’s called indian creek campground. Beautiful 5′ ferns in the summer and some great wildflowers. From DH I would say it is about 11 miles north.

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    • Anonymous

      Hi.

      You can still make the whole climb. You can still climb the stairs up to the fire tower. If it is closed, it means that the tower is not manned and you cannot go inside. You will be able to walk around the balcony and get that wonderful 360 degree view!
      Enjoy! It’s a great day for hiking.
      Mary

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  5. Ldsqtpie16

    Hey mary, I am having a hard time finding directions from my house to devils head on how to get there? I looked at the map on this website but its not giving me anything.. Any advice. I live in Castle Rock?

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    • Anonymous

      Hi.
      Try double clicking on the map or the “view larger map” words at the bottom of the map on the devil’s head Trail page on the websiteand then typing your home address into box A OR, Try this google mapto get you from Castle Rock to Devil’s Head National Rec. Trail.

      One of these should get you there. Good luck.
      -Mary

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  6. Rex Mammel

    As of April 17 access is still closed. There is about 4 inches of snow from a late storm to contend with. I would guess a week until Rampart Range Road Opens at the intersection with CO67.

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  7. Sarah

     Hi Mary, I was wondering if I could get some input. My mom and sisters are visiting next weekend and I’m trying to figure out where I should take them where they feel like they’ve experienced the “wilderness” of Colorado. The tricky part is there will be 8 of us altogether – 5 adults, 2 infants (9 and 10 months), and an almost-2-year-old. They’re all from sea level. While I want to take them somewhere where they feel like they’re in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, I also want/need something that is not too far from me (I live in Golden), and is not too strenuous for carrying babies and toddlers. Any suggestions? :-) Thank you!

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  8. happyhiker

    just did this one with the kids for fathers day — awesome hike. bring lots of water. If you are scared of heights there are about 150 steps to the tower. just look at the steps and keep going, especially from 100-150!

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  9. Meg

    Mary, Are there any restaurants nearby that yoiu could recommend? We are thinking of hiking up to the top in the afternoon and then stopping off for dinner in the area.

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    • Mary Norton Post author

      There is one in Sedalia that I have heard rave reviews about from my sister-in-law and her family…it’s called Gabriel’s Northern Italian. Sedalia is the closest town to that hike and you pass it on the way to and from the hike. Hope that works out for you ! Google it or here’s the address and phone:
      5450 Manhart Street
      Sedalia, CO 80135
      (303) 688-2323

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    • marynorton

      Yes, there is one restaurant in Sedalia that I have hear rave reviews from my sister-in-law and her whole family, its called Gabriel’s Northern Italian Restaurant. You will pass it on the way to and from the hike. Good luck! I hope it works out for you! Google it or : Gabriel’s Northern Italian 5450 Manhart Street
      Sedalia, CO 80135
      (303) 688-2323

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  10. Skyli2a1

    Good Day Friends. Just had a question about this trail….would it be a good choice for a “day hike” with kiddos ranging in age from 8-16 yrs?

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  11. Mary Norton Post author

    That’s a great question. There are huge rock outcroppings everywhere, but we haven’t seen “gem hunters” out there. I suppose if you know what you’re looking for, you could take one look at the surroundings and know if there are any collectibles around. Keep asking around, if someone told you there are some out there, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised. Good luck.

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