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Devils Garden and the Primitive Trail

Take a tour of the best formations of Arches National Park
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Devils Garden is the second most-visited section of Arches National Park, after Delicate Arch, and home to the longest trail in the... more »

Tips:  Arches National Park can be very hot in the summer, and the dry heat makes it difficult to know how much water you are actually losing... more »

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Points of Interest

Devils Garden offers many different arches to the hiker; you can pick and choose a few select Arches or take the grand tour and see them all. Start by parking your car in the nearby lot and head out on the paved path (the path is paved up until Landscape Arch).

2. Tunnel Arch

After only 0.25 miles from the trailhead you will come to the first fork on the trail. To see Tunnel Arch, take the trail leading off to the right and stay right when the trail splits again. It should only be about a minute off the main trail.

3. Pine Tree Arch

To add Pine Tree Arch to your list as well head to the trail coming off of the fork and you will be able to walk up to Pine Tree Arch, which is better protected from the sun than Tunnel Arch. After you have seen enough, head back to the main paved path to continue the hike.

4. Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, and the longest national arch in the world according to the Natural Arch and Bridge Society. It is 290ft at its longest section. More recently, several chunks have fallen from it, and the trail leading below it has since been closed for safety reasons, but you can still get fairly close... More

5. Partition Arch

Only 0.25 miles further you will reach another optional detour to Partition Arch and Navajo Arch. Stay left at the next fork to visit Partition Arch, which offers a great view of the plateau though the rock window. Head back a little ways; turn left, and continue to Navajo Arch.

6. Navajo Arch

Navajo Arch is significantly more shaded than any other arch on the hike, and is great place to rest from the hot desert sun. There are some interesting formations on the walls nearby that look like some mix between rock and Swiss cheese. After you have cooled down a bit, hike back to the main trail to continue on to Double O Arch.

7. Double O Arch

It doesn’t take one long to discover how this arch got its name. Double O Arch is the second largest arch in Devils Garden, after Landscape Arch which is the longest natural arch in the world. The top arch spans 71ft, while the smaller bottom arch spans 21ft.

For a better perspective of the arch, hike through the lower arch to the other side... More

8. Dark Angel

0.4 miles after leaving Double O Arch you will arrive at what looks like a giant pillar in the ground. It may be somewhat unexpected, as it is not an arch like everything else thus far, but it is still worth the hike. Head back towards Double O Arch, following the Primitive Trail to the left when you are almost back at Double O Arch.

9. Private Arch

This section of the Primitive Trail is no more difficult that the previous section, but seems much more remote. Be sure to check your water supply before heading out on this last section; the dry heat makes it difficult to know just how much water you are actually losing, and walking along the sandy trail takes longer than expected.

0.4 miles ... More