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Devils Garden is a fun to explore, scenic spot to visit in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. If you have plans to drive down Hole-in-the-Rock Road, here are five reasons why you should visit Devils Garden.

#1 This Place is a Beauty!

With hoodoos, crazy rock formations, and arches, Devils Garden is a beautiful spot to visit in Utah.

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Devils Garden Arch

Devils Garden Escalante

Devils Garden Hoodoos

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Devils Garden View

#2 It’s a Very Quick Visit

On the fastest of itineraries, Devils Garden deserves at least a quick peek. Most people spend around a half hour to an hour here, but with as little as 15 minutes of your time, you can go exploring and snap a few photos.

There is no official hiking trail. This is more about wandering among the rock formations than hiking point to point.

#3 Perfect for Kids

Traveling with kids? Devils Garden is perfect! There are so many nooks and crannies to explore, with spots to go rock scrambling and exploring.

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#4 It’s Free!

Entry into Grand Staircase-Escalante is free.

#5 Less Crowded than Bryce Canyon

If you want to see hoodoos without the crowds, Devils Garden may be perfect for you. It may not be as spectacular as Bryce Canyon, but this is a quieter, off-the-beaten-path destination that makes for a wonderful experience. We were here on a late afternoon in May and had Devils Garden all to ourselves.

Balanced Rock

Plan Your Trip

Getting Here

Devils Garden is located on Hole-in-the-Rock Road in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. From Highway 12, drive 12 miles down Hole-in-the-Rock Road. There will be a sign identifying Devils Garden and a parking lot located just off of the road. There are restrooms here.

When to go

Grand-Staircase Escalante is open year round. The most pleasant times to visit are during the spring and fall seasons. It can get very hot in the summertime. If it is raining, Hole-in-the-Rock road may be impassable, even if you have a 4×4.

What else to do in the area

On Hole-in-the-Rock road, there are many more hiking trails. We hiked Zebra Canyon (just 4 miles away from Devils Garden) and Peek-a-Boo Canyon and Spooky Gulch. Further down Hole-in-the-Rock Road you can also hike the Dry Fork Slots, Chimney Rock, and several other trails.

Please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, minimize campfire impacts, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.


If you have any questions about visiting Devils Garden, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information about Utah

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  1. Avatar for Mike Hirshfield
    Mike Hirshfield

    Hole in the Rock road was washboardy but not too in late October 2021. No need for high clearance. And Devil’s Garden was empty and delightful, exactly as described!

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