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Devils Garden

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Escalante - Grand Staircase Area, Utah

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  • Procession of goblins in Devils Garden.- Devils Garden
  • Metate Arch, one of the most fascinating formations.- Devils Garden
  • The Four Wise Men ponder the cosmos.- Devils Garden
  • Mano Arch among a garden of sculpted stone.- Devils Garden
  • Metate Arch bridging the sky.- Devils Garden
  • Balanced boulders.- Devils Garden
  • View over the southern end of the garden.- Devils Garden
  • One of the Four Wise Men. These hoodoos seem precariously placed.- Devils Garden
  • Metate Arch and the Milky Way.- Devils Garden
  • Witchy towers- Devils Garden
  • One of the Four Wise Men stares into the sunset.- Devils Garden
  • Mano Arch by night.- Devils Garden
  • Closely nestled boulders give the feeling of a slot canyon.- Devils Garden
  • Rock slabs are easy to scramble up for a better look.- Devils Garden
  • Metate Arch in Devils Garden.- Devils Garden
  • Devils Garden rock formations.- Devils Garden
  • Devils Garden.- Devils Garden
  • Spending a night at Devils Garden.- Devils Garden
  • Exploring Devils Garden at night.- Devils Garden
  • The strange shapes become even more mysterious at night.- Devils Garden
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Rock formations. Easy hike. Great for families. Picnic areas.
Cons: 
Can get crowded. Hot in summer.
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Region:
Escalante - Grand Staircase Area, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,280.00 ft (1,609.34 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Not to be confused with the popular hike in Arches National Park, this Devils Garden is a collection of geologic curiosities and several family-friendly trails near Escalante, Utah. Atop a weathered plateau, wind and water have carved layers of sandstone into enigmatic shapes that resemble ghouls, goblins, witches, and other spooky sculptures.

The formations are consolidated in one area, and social trails crisscross throughout. You can see most of the formations in under one hour and with less than a mile of hiking. This place is something of a natural playground. Kids will love scrambling on rock slabs and exploring the many nooks and crannies between. Photographers will appreciate the visuals of light and shadow. Dogs are welcome if they are kept on a leash. Although there is no camping, there are picnic tables with grills and fire rings. Several groups can spread out and spend a comfortable afternoon here. Try to stay on well-worn trails so as not to damage fragile desert plants.

Notable figures in the garden include Metate Arch, Mano Arch, and the Four Wise Men. Numerous others are unnamed, but each has a certain charisma all its own. Spend time viewing the rocks from all angles and decide what you think each should be called. The phantom-like figures look especially spooky at night, when the sky over this remote desert mystifies with stars or moonlight. Reached in a short drive from Escalante, Devils Garden can make a quick side trip, an exciting nighttime excursion, or pleasant afternoon-long outing.

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