As I mentioned before, we found Bryce Canyon National Park is kinda boring. But fortunately it is right next door to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (henceforth referred to as GSENM), which is chock full of not-boring.
Before I continue, however, I must mention that the town of Tropic, Utah (pop 600) has incredibly tasty pizza. Really, you should try it, especially the Navajo Taco pizza. It totally blew away the pizza in Torrey, Utah (pop 200).
Now, on to Devil’s Garden!
Because GSENM is managed by the Bureau of Land Management instead of the Park Service, the rules are a bit more lax. So we got to run all over this set of hoodos and arches. Its entrance was marked by a sign that labeled it an “Outstanding Natural Area,” and it is outstandingly natural. The kids found it the best playground ever. I half expected to see Wile E. Coyote run through this landscape.
When we arrived, the crowds hadn’t hit yet. We had the place pretty much to ourselves.
It was almost worth the headache I got from driving 10 miles of washboarded dirt roads to get there! (Ugh. I hate washboarded roads.)
BUT mere headaches could not stop us from continuing another 6 miles down the washboarded road to hike a slot canyon! Heavens, no. The canyon is called the Dry Fork . . . or was it the Dry Wash? Eh, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Lovely, isn’t it? I love slot canyons. Almost worth the horrid headache I got from driving the combined 16 more miles of washboarded roads to get back to the main road. I even agreed to try out a different slot canyon the next day. Which will be discussed in the next post.