(Bryce Canyon Micro-sized!)
Want to to be surrounded by stunningly odd wilderness without getting dirty, being tired, or spending an entire day to get there? The Devil's Kitchen is the hike for you!
Located on the Payson Canyon end of the the Nebo Loop scenic byway, the drive to Devil's Kitchen is beautiful and green with evergreen and aspen forests and rocky mountain vistas. Pulling off the road into the parking lot for this 1/2 mile round-trip hike you'll feel like you're not really seeing anything new. Walk a few minutes down the smooth asphalt trail, though, and prepare for your mouth to gape wide open! Buried in the middle of this section of the Wasatch mountain range are red-rock spires you'd only expect to see in southern Utah. With a fenced outlook at the end of the trail it's easy to stand still and take in the bewildering 360-degree view. And the view truly is bewildering!
For the more adventurous wanderer, a single-track footpath branches off the maintained trail and veers down the side of the mountain. And once you've seen what it is you came to see, the short walk back to the parking lot is not going to leave you winded. Different wildflowers bloom throughout spring, summer, and fall and there are picnic tables terraced in near the trailhead to give you a little more out there surrounded in beauty.
Take I-15 to the Payson Exit, Exit 250 and turn east under the freeway. Drive approximately 1-mile to the 1st stoplight at 100 N Main and turn left. Again drive approximately 1-mile to the next stoplight and turn right onto Peteetnet Boulevard (after the turn you should be driving along the north side of Peteetneet Academy). Follow this road into the mountains, and watch for signs directing you the rest of the way.
The Nebo Loop Road holds many more views and adventures if you'd like to spend a day or a weekend. You can choose to return home the same way you came or continue on the Nebo Loop Road until it brings you back to I-15 near Santaquin.