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Guide to Devil’s Garden in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

 

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Devil’s Garden is a unique set of rock formations along the Hole-in-the-Rock road within the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.  If you are interested in seeing some interesting and beautiful rock formations, but not up for doing a long hike, then the Devil’s Garden is perfect for you.  You can see the rock formations without having to venture much past the parking area.  If you are interested in doing a bit more hiking, there are plenty of opportunities to hike and explore in the area.

Parks in Southern Utah

Southern Utah is one of my favorite areas in the continental United States for good reason.  It holds some of the most beautiful landscape in the country.  The area is home to five national parks, the gigantic (in terms of land size) Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, and the very scenic and beautiful Glen Canyon National Recreation area.

Southern Utah Parks Map

I have already written a number of different guides to public lands in the Southern Utah area, which you can find below.  I will be writing a lot more about the other parks and public lands in Southern Utah in the coming weeks, so please keep your eyes peeled for those.  There are so many amazing things to see and do in this area, so you won’t want to miss those guides.

Arches National Park Visitor’s Guide
Guide to Long Canyon Slot in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument
Guide to Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

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The Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument is a very large, and very beautiful, area in Southern Utah.  There was some urgency this year to get back down to Southern Utah to see the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.  In case you haven’t heard, there has been some discussion about cutting this national monument in half in the near future, with half of the land becoming private land.  We aren’t really sure what will happen with Grand Staircase, but we wanted to see some of the monument before anything happens.    Hopefully we will be able to make another trip down to Southern Utah in the near future to see more.

If you aren’t familiar with the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, there are three visitor centers that you can visit to get more information about the area.  These visitor centers are located in the cities of Kanab, Cannonville, and Escalante near the national monument in Southern Utah.

Grand Staircase Escalante Map

As I mentioned, the area of the national monument is large, so the things to do and see are spread out.  It can be daunting if you attempt to do too much within one trip, so I would suggest focusing on one area at a time.  This is where the separate visitor centers really come in handy.

Zebra Slot

There are quite a few things to see along the Hole-in-the-Rock road and the Devil’s Garden is one of the most popular because of how easy it is to see.  If you are looking to visit the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument for the first time, the Hole-in-the-Rock road is a great place to start your exploration.  In addition to the Devil’s Garden, there are a number of popular slot canyons (zebra slot, tunnel slot, peek-a-boo slot, and spooky slot) located off the road.

Getting to Devil’s Garden

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Devi’s Garden is located off the famous Hole-in-the-Rock road, just south of the town of Escalante, Utah.  Taking highway 12 West of Escalante, take a right onto Hole-in-the-Rock road.  The parking area for Devil’s Garden is roughly 12.2 miles South of highway 12.

On your way to Devil’s Garden, you will pass the parking area for the Zebra and Tunnel Slot hiking path.  This is a really great hike that I wrote about earlier if you have the time.  Combining this hike with a stop at Devil’s Garden makes for a very fun day.

Hole in the Rock Road Map

The Devil’s Garden doesn’t involve a lengthy hike to enjoy, which makes it one of the most popular and visited areas along the Hole-in-the-Rock road.  In fact, right from the parking area you can get a great view of the beautiful Metate Arch.

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Photo Gallery

Like most of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, Devil’s Garden is pretty beautiful.  Here are some of the pictures we were able to take of Devil’s Garden and the surrounding area during our visit.

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  1. Thanks for highlighting the beauties of southern Utah, also a favorite of mine ( and close by). Just to clarify for your readers, the reduction of the national monument will not convert any land from federal to private. It will remove protection from leasing for mineral extraction, but remain federal land.

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