Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Devils’ Gulch is an 18-foot-wide canyon that is 60 feet deep in Garretson, South Dakota. According to local lore, in September of 1876 Jesse James jumped across the gulch on his horse to escape capture from the law after a failed bank robbery attempt in Northfield, Minnesota two weeks earlier. It is unlikely that this actually happened, but Devil's Gulch Park is worth a visit to explore the scenic canyon carved by a stream.

There are two bridges over the stream at the park. The bridge closest to the parking area is over the chasm that was supposedly jumped by Jesse James’ horse. The other bridge gives visitors views of Devil’s Falls. There are several trails in the park that give visitors different perspectives of the canyon including from creek level. The canyon walls are made of beautiful pinkish Sioux quartzite that is common in the area.

Devil’s Gulch was given its name by the early homesteaders. According to legend, the devil carried a man over his shoulder and took him down the gulch.

The Devil's Gulch Park is open year-round and free to visit. During the winter months the park is open to foot traffic only. There is a small gift shop and information center in the park. There is also a covered picnic area near the parking lot. Dogs are allowed in the park when on a leash.

A brochure with a map of the points of interest and the trails in the park can be found here.

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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Interesting canyon. Nice views.


Family friendly
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Covered picnic areas
Vault toilet
Geologically significant


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