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Gilgal Gardens, Salt Lake City

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  • A friend took us to this unique and somewhat quirky garden that has a devotion to Joseph Smith, who was the Mormon's first leader. It is small and free (donations accepted) to walk around. I considere...  more »
  • This is one of the most unique places to visit in Salt Lake. It used to be privately owned, but now visitors are welcome to visit. You must see this when you visit SLC.  more »
  • This is one of Salt Lakes hidden historic places created by a stone mason a true pioneer who put to rock scriptural stories and history!  more »
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  • This is a Utah hidden gem! If you haven’t go and explored this park then you need to get on it! This place is full of art and sculptures. A ton of history about Utah and Mormons. It is very interesting to get a view of all this art and history that you might not be aware of. If you are just visiting Salt Lake City you should defiantly come check out this park. They have a lot of stuff in here that will help you get a feel for why Utah is the way it is. If you live here and you haven’t check this park out then get on it.
  • Among the most beautiful, unique, offbeat attractions that Salt Lake City has to offer. Anyone who wants to date their curiosity about LDS history should balance their visit to Temple Square with a visit to this weird and wonderful park. The sculpture garden has an excellent walking tour to explain its ins and outs. Whether you spend 15 minutes or 2 hours here, you will leave in satisfied wonderment.
  • This is a eccentric small urban park. It's interesting to read the vision the founder had of conveying his religious views. The art is eclectic and folksy. A slow walk through it takes about 20-30 minutes if you read the signs and take in all the pieces.
  • Certainly one of the most fascinating places in Salt Lake City! While some of the work may seem very odd to viewers, maybe especially to LDS viewers, it can also be seen as a beautiful expression of one man's faith. The more time I spent pondering the works, the more of the sculptor's faith I understood. Give yourself time to read the scriptures that surround the works! You'll love it!
  • The Gilgal Sculpture Garden is a unique/eclectic/mildly unsettling collection of stone sculptures, engravings, and plant life, all curated by a single man with what one may refer to as a vision. The garden is relatively small but dense, and visits can take anywhere from 1/2 to several hours, depending on how in-depth you wish to experience the gardens attractions. The sculptures and carvings are all vaguely religious in line with the Mormon faith, but interspersed with the personal reflections of the parks founder, making for a very interesting glimpse into the mentality of Western settlement, perhaps even manifest destiny itself. All in all, the gardens are worth stopping by for the experience, even if just for a quick half hour visit.

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