Why You Need to Plan a Visit to Gilgal.

Gilgal Sculpture Gardens are definitely worth a trip. There are 12 original sculptures and plenty to keep you thinking. Read to see why you need to plan a visit.

It has been awhile since I have posted any travel content, sorry about that. 🙂 The other night my cute family and I met a good friend at Gilgal Sculpture Garden. Our kids had never been there so we thought it would be a good chance to visit something new in our home town. While we were there exploring the thought kept coming to my mind of why everyone needs to plan a visit to Gilgal. So I’m going to tell you.

“Can I create a sanctuary or atmosphere in my yard that will shut out the fear and keep one’s mind young and alert to the last, no matter how perilous the times?”   Thomas Battersby Child, Jr.

This was the beginning of Gilgal. Thomas certainly did build a sanctuary where one’s mind would be alert. I’m not going to lie there are some very interesting things found in the sculpture garden. These interesting things are what make Gilgal such a fun place to visit. For this reason alone it is worth taking time to plan a visit.

Sculpture of Thomas Child

Good Things to Know

  • Gilgal is opened every day except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
  • There is no fee
  • Walking tour brochures are available
  • Go to gilgalgarden.org to get videos, FAQ, and more information
  • location: 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City
  • Plan 30-60 minutes for a visit
  • Outhouse available (I’m not sure if it is always there)

Gilgal Sculpture Garden is truly one of a kind. It is tucked away in the city surrounded by homes. If you didn’t know it was there you would probably pass it by. It is quiet and beautiful. The path that runs through flowers, trees, and bushes was a fun place for my kids to explore. As I was walking through it almost felt like I was in a far away place, not in the city.

The pretty garden tucked away in the middle of the city.

Wandering around looking at the 12 original sculptures is thought provoking. The sculptures really make you stop and think about what they mean and what is happening. There are over 70 stones placed throughout the gardens that have scriptures, poems, and literary texts on them. Some can be hard to read as they are stepping stones and are getting worn.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words I’m going to let my pictures do the talking. 🙂

The huge Sphinx is one of the first things you see when you walk into Gilgal.


His joy makes my heart sing!


What does a head and a cricket have in common?


One of the many beautiful flowers in the garden.


Playing on the big rocks was a blast for the kids.


What is experiencing things without great friends?

Thomas started working on Gilgal in 1945. He spent much of his time and money working on Gilgal until his death in 1963.

Why You Need to Plan a Visit

  • The gardens are beautiful
  • The sculptures are different and interesting
  • The stones are huge
  • There is plenty to look at and make you think
  • You can take as long as you want or make a quick visit

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to take a trip to Gilgal? If you are local then you should make a plan to visit soon. If you come visit Salt Lake then think about adding Gilgal onto your travel itinerary.


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