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Address: 749 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102-2905
Phone Number: 801 972 7800
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Completely bizarre but totally interesting

The creepy factor was huge back when this wasn't a public garden, and people would often jump the fence to come gaze at the Joseph Smith face on the Sphinx body. The place is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The creepy factor was huge back when this wasn't a public garden, and people would often jump the fence to come gaze at the Joseph Smith face on the Sphinx body. The place is just weird. Now that you can come view it legally, it's lost some of its forbidden crazy appeal, but it's definitely worth a trip. Great date... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of SLC's hidden gems. It's part history, part religious and a whole lot of weird. The sphinx with the Joseph Smith face is the highlight for me, but really you can get lost for a good hour just wandering around and reading all of the scriptures carved in the stone. It's near Trolley Square so it's a... More 

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Thank NoMadsen_
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A really unique garden. Extremely nice layout. Short walk - like walking thru a big back yard. Well maintained. Enjoyed it.

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Thank Brian G
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is tucked away in a residential area. Our bicycle tour guide took us to see it and explained its history. There are some very strange sculptures there. Although an impressive effort by the person who make them, I left with mixed feelings about the place and a little creeped out.

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Thank 953nancip
Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small public (free) garden by Trolley Sqaure. It is a nice, quick stop for a walk. The rocks have scripture or hymns carved in them. Not much explanation for the sculptures. I would say this is no more than a 15-20 min stop.

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Thank AprilS98
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a small garden with stones sculptures, it was a good spot for a little walk nothing much. Its interesting because of what was written in the stones.

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Thank Jeanny D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small public garden near downtown Salt Lake City is a must see for anyone visiting Utah. There is no explanation of the sculptures here, so go to Wikipedia and read their excellent history on Gilgal Gardens before you go to give your visit some context. Even with this history, you'll find this one of the quirkiest little gardens you... More 

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Thank Bigredmachine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gilgal Gardens is small, but it's beautiful and peaceful. The landscaping and flowers are lovely. I don't totally get all the statues and scripture plaques, but it was fun to look at. Worth checking out if you're in the area.

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Thank Charlotte S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

A Park/Garden that has been in existence for many years and has been lovingly cared for to preserve the artwork of some very skilled stone workers. As small as it is, much time could be spent there with scriptures in hand to explore the writings in the stone tablets and pictures that are found. Much symbolism is left to be... More 

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Thank Kelly T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We stopped by with our son after having brunch at a local shop. The garden is a small, quiet little spot, tucked into a cute neighborhood. The sculptures are interesting, especially for those who like exploring Mormon history and culture. There's not really anything else like it. You'll need to get a picture with the Joseph Smith Sphinx.

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