“A literal canyon full of wildflowers and amazing views that takes you up to a spectacular ridge.
— Jeff Fullmer
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Bears and other large game are in the area. Beware that this is a prime hunting area in the fall. Be courteous to the hunters and wear bright colored clothing during the end of August through November.
There is a lot of wildlife in the area so be cautious and take precautions. There is a fence that runs across the trail on the Idaho/Wyoming border on the North Indian Creek Trail. Be careful of it if you are running in the dark. Please close the gate as well.
To get to the Garden Canyon Trail from the Idaho side, begin at the North Indian Creek trailhead, located off of Palisades Reservoir. Travel up North Indian Creek for over four miles until you come to a sign that will direct you to the left (north/west) to Garden Canyon. The four plus mile stretch to Garden Canyon will have a couple of creek crossings. To the right (east) across the creek will take you up into the back of the North Indian Creek Canyon. It is worth venturing up that trail a hundred yards to get a great view of the canyon you just made your way up.
Almost immediately as you enter into Garden Canyon, you'll realize why it is named a garden. This canyon is spectacular and even in September, you can find lush pockets of wildflowers up higher. Multiple waterfalls can be both heard and seen, including a staircase waterfall. In September of 2017, there were 3 active waterfalls counted.
The trail starts off relatively flat and then gets steeper as you start to turn west. Work your way north until you get up to the Garden Ridge trail. The views will not disappoint.
Flora & Fauna
There are too many plants to name, just about any type of wildflower you might see in the Rocky Mountains you'll see here! Deer, elk, mountain goats and bears are in the area too.