The Cosmic Ashtray is an amazing Geologic feature. You have to have Maps pre-download to finish the final 1.5 miles. The first 3 miles follows a dirt road. Once you are off the dirt road, look for hidden water holes! We did this hike 5/24/20

hiking
2 days ago

I wouldn’t call this a trail, so much as a picnic area, or rest stop with a ton of hoodoos. Don’t get me wrong, very pretty and definitely accessible for kids and elderly, but as said below, there’s no real hike. You can walk around whenever you want. Does get packed and parking easily overflows.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Fun hike with lots of interesting sandstone formations and an old corral along the way. The slot canyon is about average, not very deep and no wild twists/turns or coloration, but it was fun and worth the hike. I still took a bunch of pics! The hike is almost all flat, probably 80% sand and there are few options for shade outside of the slot itself. There are no real obstacles inside the slot until you’re almost to the top of the upper portion, which requires gear or above-average crack climbing skills to continue. There are also at least three spots where the correct trail option is ambiguous, so using the downloadable maps option definitely made things easier. This wouldn’t be my first recommendation around Escalante (or even third) but if you like to hike slots, this is definitely worth the time/effort.

hiking
no shade
scramble
9 days ago

The road to get to this trail is terrible.. super bumpy. Once you get there it’s very pretty, we didn’t stay long or hike the whole trail because there are no real trail markers, you can just walk wherever you want. Still beautiful though

A decent amount of sand as mentioned by many, but a pretty epic and flat hike nonetheless. My friend and I only saw three other people on the trail and two of them said that the trailhead for Zebra Slot Canyon just a few miles down the road was a lot more crowded. Both the main and spur Big Horn Slot Canyons were dry and fun.

Great for kids and dogs. Keeps your eyes down on the western side of the loop and leave the pieces for others to see

hiking
16 days ago

The historical significance alone is worth the time. Be sure to hop around on the rocks beyond. We ran around until night time and watched a massive moon take over the sky!

Easy trail with cool petrified trees! Bring a hat, water and sunblock as it is exposed.

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

The hardest part of this “hike” is getting there. The dirt road from Escalante is really bumpy. If dry you can certainly make it even in a regular car. If wet I wouldn’t try it at all. We saw some ruts you could disappear into! The “garden” itself is awesome. Best for families with kids. Lots of stuff to climb on. Great photo opportunities. We had a lot of fun there.

Such a cool place to visit. The caves still have bed frames in them and old mining equipment. Very cool

hiking
28 days ago

I visited Devil's Garden with my family this past weekend and was in awe of the rock structures. Beautiful views wherever you look. Such a neat place to visit. My kids loved it

hiking
bugs
fee
1 month ago

Not spectacular, but something to do for a “rest” day. Combine with Cedar Wash Arch, Devil’s Garden and Dinosaur Tracks for a full day of easy hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Interesting story and a quick hike while you are already in the area

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike! Walking in sand most of the way can make it seem longer, but the slot canyons were worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice area to explore with lots of cool sandstone formations

walking
1 month ago

Here on 3-19-20. This was so much fun! My son’s favorite stop. Not really an actual trail as others have said, but a fun area to play in! Hole in the rock road was nicely packed, but still a dirt road with some areas to watch.

backpacking
1 month ago

Fun and easy overnight backpack trip with beautiful slot canyons! - lots of hiking on loose sand (think a beach) - There is a creek but I wouldn’t count on water near the mouth fo the canyon unless it has rained within 24 hours. - Do the shorter canyon during the hottest part of the day if you can time it, since it’s about 20 degrees cooler and the longer one has some exposed spots. Both are stunning! - Lots of cryptobiotic soil so be careful where you walk - Hike in is easy- follow the wash/creek and you won’t miss the turn off into the canyon (make a left at the hanging “fence”). Hiking out is faster- follow the trail that cuts through all the bends in the creek. - Hole-In-the-rock road is dirt, my Jetta could have made it no problem. But watch out for cows and deer who seem lack any self preservation.

Overall fantastic! First 1 mile is rather blah, next mile is pretty and the rest is some of the most beautiful rock and scenery I’ve ever seen. Absolutely stunning. Slots were fun too - not very narrow though.

end result is amazing! huge! parked and walked along the road from harris wash (in retrospect probably the other route option might have been a bit better because the road view was ok but not amazing). The turn off is at a wash.. basically no trail per se or markers, need to follow downloaded map and use judgement. follow the ridge up and then bam you pop out at a higher view point.

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

The sand is what makes this hike moderate! Otherwise it's easy. Beautiful rock formations and the slot canyon is just amazing. Definitely worth the hike. Only seen two other humans the entire time. There are cows and their babies right now.

hiking
1 month ago

No trail - but a fun area to explore for 1 hr

walking
1 month ago

Short and sweet. Would recommend continuing SE along the wash and checking out the expanse of soft red rock. “Looks like a brain.” Very obvious to see erosion at work— compare west side of wash to east side (soil has worn away). Stay off the islands of sediment supporting life!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun easy hike for the whole family! Definitely walk around the rock formation and get under, in between, and over all the nooks and holes.

Difficult to find but thanks god for all trails app. Definitely download the map before you go. No cell service. We didn’t hike the whole 9 miles. The road is accessible by 4x4 and we had to hike about 1.5 miles in by scrambling up on the rock face. Ashtray itself was much bigger than I expected. I didn’t dare to climb down to the bottom but there were foot prints indicating someone has. Fun hike and very memorable! Highly recommend!

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