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El Jardin del Diablo!
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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