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Devil’s Slide in Utah

The most fascinating of Devil's Toys found in the area and one of the most unusual geologic features in Utah

Devil’s Slide

The Devil's slide in Utah is a unique natural phenomenon that has attracted curious passerby's for hundreds of years. The area around this formation used to be a shallow sea some 170-180 million years ago, which occupied the territory of today’s Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. A huge limestone chute of two parallel slabs of rock runs down the mountainside.

Once a large transcontinental river used to pass through this slide. The harder weather resistant limestone rocks stayed almost untouched, while softer shale layers were completely destroyed by the erosion, and as a result, we can observe a channel between two rocks today. The distance between the two slabs is around 7.6 m, they're both 12 m high and stretch for 6 km.

Devil's slide is located in the southern part of I-84 in Weber Canyon. This bizarre formation can be seen from the parking lots that are based on both sides of the road. The slide is not the only one of Devil's belongings within the area. In fact, there are three Devil's Toys so to speak. They are less impressive than Devil's Slide, and hence less famous. Another toy is the Devil’s Looking Glass which is actually an arch located on the way from Morgan towards Henefer. The last and least impressive is the Devil's Gate which is a bit difficult to find but if you're determined to see it, go down the canyon toward Ogden—there you could get a distant glimpse of the formation.

This area of the Devil's Slide can be seen anytime, but the best season to visit it must be spring through autumn (April–October), as in winter it may be all covered with snow. Many also claim the site looks the loveliest when surrounded with autumn colours, that's in September and October.

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When is the best time to visit Devil's Slide in Utah?

Devil's Slide in Utah can be seen anytime, but it is usually recommended to visit the site between April and October. This is because during winter, the slide may be covered with snow making it difficult or unsafe for visitors. In addition, some visitors consider September and October as the best months to view the site due to the beautiful autumn colors that surround it. Show more

Where is Devil's Slide located in Utah?

Situated in the southern part of I-84 in Weber Canyon, Devil's Slide is located about 16 miles east of Ogden, Utah. The site is publicly accessible and has designated parking lots that allow visitors to witness the stunning natural formation. Exploring and photographing Devil's Slide is highly encouraged, making it a must-visit site for anyone visiting the area. Show more

How was Devil's Slide formed?

Devil's Slide is a natural phenomenon formed over millions of years due to erosion and weathering. The site was originally part of a shallow sea that thrived in Montana, Wyoming, and Utah 170-180 million years ago. A river once flowed through the site and gradually eroded the softer shale leaving the harder rock formations, resulting in a channel between two rocks that can be seen today. Show more

Are there any other Devil's Toys found near Devil's Slide?

There are two other Devil's Toys found near Devil's Slide. One of these is the Devil’s Looking Glass, a natural sandstone arch that offers panoramic views and is located on the route from Morgan to Henefer in Utah. The other toy is the Devil's Gate which is located down the canyon towards Ogden, making it a bit hard to spot. However, it still offers a distant view of Devil's Slide and is worth checking out. Show more

What is the best season to visit Devil's Slide in Utah based on the site's surroundings?

If you want to see Devil's Slide surrounded by beautiful autumn colors, then the best time to visit would be in September and October. However, spring is also a good time as it offers various wildflowers in bloom. Visitors are advised to avoid visiting during winter as the site may be covered in snow, making it difficult or unsafe for visitors. Show more

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