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Devil's Garden, UT

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,280 feet
Elevation Gain 20 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.8
Interest Historic
Backpack No
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6  2009-03-16 PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 172
Routes 229
Photos 6,096
Trips 1,129 map ( 2,527 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Pocatello, ID
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:16am - 5:09pm
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El Jardin del Diablo!
by PaleoRob

During the 1862 Hole-in-the-Rock expedition, Mormon pioneers forged their way across the high desert flatlands south of the town of Escalante. Various features of the landscape have taken on names given to them by the pioneers. Some are mundane, such as Twentyfive Mile Wash and Forty Mile Ridge. Others are more colorful; Batty Caves, Sooner Rocks. Devil's Garden.

Devil's Garden isn't a serious hardcore hike, especially compared to some of the other hikes available off of the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. It is, however, scenic, short, and easily accessible; perfect for a family passing through or for overnight visitors wanting a quick stop to stretch their legs. Another plus; it has a pit toilet.

There is no real established trail, per say, but there is a well worn path or two across and around the various arches and nobs and hoodoos. They all eventually connect back together. I will describe it as I took the hike. From the parking lot, a path leads off to the west of the line of hoodoos and then heads south. This affords you great views of the Kaparowitz Plateau as well as the various odd stone formations. As you head south keep your eyes peeled for some of the many arches found in this area.

The trail then dips down into a wash. Follow the wash towards the large stone abutment at the bend in the wash, topped with fingers of stone. Just past this abutment, several foot trails lead back up to the hoodoos and the base of the bluff. Take whichever one suits you and then follow the base of the cliff through cracks and around spires back towards the parking area. You will pass several more arches that you were unable to see from the other portion of the trail, including the famous Metate Arch.

The parking area, beyond containing a pit toilet, also has several picnic tables, grills, and fire pits; perfect for making a lunch or dinner. There is no camping at Devils Garden, however.

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2009-03-18 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Escalante, Utah, take UT12 south out of town (towards Boulder) for approximately 5 miles until reaching the signed Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Byway turnoff. Turn south onto the Hole-in-the-Rock road, and proceed along the road for about 15 miles. On the right (west) will be a sign for Devil's Garden Outstanding Scenic Area. Turn right and follow that road for .25 miles until coming to the parking area.
    page created by PaleoRob on Mar 18 2009 10:04 pm

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