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Devil’s Garden Escalante

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Devil’s Garden is a wondrous arches and rock sculpture garden created by erosion in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. This is different than the Devil’s Garden located in Arches National Park. This is a smaller area to stop and explore similar to Goblin Valley National Park, Fantasy Canyon, Cathedral Gorge, or Pioneer Park.


This is a quick detour if you are going to Peek-a-boo and Spooky slot canyons, but otherwise off the beaten path. If you are coming from Northern Utah, you will probably take I-15 south to Scipio and then take UT-50 and then UT-24 past Fish Lake and to the edge of Capitol Reef National Park. You could also arrive at this area from the east. In Torrey head south on UT-12. There are some beautiful scenic overlooks along the way. These are from the Larb Hollow Overlook.

The Hole-in-the-Rock Road turn off is 22.5 miles past Boulder on the left side of the road.

An alternate route from either north or south is to head west off exit 95 from I-15 south of Beaver and north of Parowan. Take UT-20 east and then UT-89 south. Then you will take UT-12 west past Bryce Canyon National Park towards Escalante, Utah.

Hole in the Rock Road isn’t paved, but it is nicely graded. It’s a bit of a bumpy ride, but all cars should be fine when the road is dry. Keep your eyes open for cows as there is an open range.

Download Google Maps or keep track on your odometer. There isn’t much cell service on this road. The turn offs are signed, but it’s easier to know the turn off it 11.5 miles down Hole-in-the-Rock Road. You will turn right and head a half mile to the parking lot. There are picnic tables and pit toilets.

From the parking it looks really small, but when you get past the initial big rocks you can see there is more to explore.

There are two large arches in Devil’s Garden. Metate Arch is near the center of Devil’s Garden.

My kids had fun climbing around to pose in and behind the arch.

A little further southeast is Mano Arch. You can climb on top of it.

Devil’s Garden is such a fun place to let the kids play hide-and-seek or take fun pictures!

Stats: Distance – 0.1-0.4 miles round trip depending on route
Approximate hiking time – 15-60 minutes
Elevation gain – 30 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – dirt and rocks to explore
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

The trail to Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons and the trail to Lower Calf Creek Falls is nearby.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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