Devil’s Garden is a great area to explore with many options of arches to hike to. The “full loop” including miles of primitive trails of sand, narrow ledges and exposure but if of that ability, it’s a great run.
The Devil’s Garden area has a fun variety of trail experiences. From a near highway to Landscape Arch a mile in, to charging up inclines of Sandstone “fins.” There are many arches to explore. On the primitive loop that starts 2 miles from the trailhead at Double O Arch, a 2-mile primitive trail scrambles up and around fins, narrow ledges with exposure and long periods of deep sandy trails back to Landscape Arch. On weekends and holidays, this area can be crowded, if you are planning to run other than the full primitive loop, you may want to go early in the morning on those days.
What Makes It Great
The 1-mile hike to Landscape Arch, is a near highway, simple hike. From there, the trail becomes more technical as it tours between other arches. There are large signs from the start to lead in the direction of other arches. At Double-O Arch, there is the option of adding a 2-mile primitive loop Appropriate hiking shoes are a must on this trail. Shoes with proper friction are a necessity to navigate narrow ledges; friction climbs and long stretches of deep sand. A comfort with exposure is a necessity.
There are eight arches on the full 7.2-mile loop. Each has it’s own character. Make sure on the narrow section just before Double O Arch to look east to where there is some space between the fins in the middle, which is where the primitive trail cuts back to Landscape Arch. It is neat to then, at the bottom, look up and see the tiny silhouettes of other hikers.
Be sure to carry water on this run/hike. In the heat of the summer, it will hot. There is no water at the trailhead.
Who is Going to Love It
Devil's Garden has a wide variety of trails to explore. Hikers of all skill levels will find a trail that fits their needs since there are both easy, well maintained trails and rocky, primitive trails.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Moab, go north on Route 191 and turn right into Arches National Park 5 miles from town. Drive 19 miles to the north end of the park. This is a popular hike with 150 parking spaces available, this is a hike to do early as parking fills.
Entrance to the park is $10 for a vehicle and is valid for 7 days, Motorcycles are $5 each and entrance is valid for 7 days. Per person with no vehicle (bicycle) or parties of one is $5 and is valid for 7 days. Check the Park’s website as some days of the year such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veteran’s Day are free.
No dogs are allowed on this trail. Do not leave dogs in the car while hiking.