Devils Garden Trailhead
Devils Garden Trailhead
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A 2.2-mile trail leading to Double O arch.
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We went to the Dark Angel via the Primitive trail and looped back by the Double Arch back towards the trail head, with detours for the Navajo arch and Partition arch. The landscape is beyond stunning, as you can see from peoples' photos. If you are on your own and on a week day, it's probably a good idea to have a GPS app, as not all the trail turns are obvious. If you decide to take the Primitive loop I recommend you go counterclockwise, as some of the sketchier places are probably easier (or rather, safer) to go up than down - ie, take the right turn when you get to the Landscape arch. You'll see many arches, and breath-taking formations. An experience of a lifetime.
Written 18 February 2021
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MayfieldParrish
Denver, CO1,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020
The Devil's Garden is located at the very back of the Arches scenic loop. The formations almost look like the backbone of a huge beast. The trailhead has a large parking area with restrooms. The way the light refracts off the sides of the close formations makes for great pictures.
Written 17 June 2020
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BighornMountains
34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Family
I was actually shocked that this popular trail doesn’t have a dangerous and deadly reputation past Landscape Arch, considering the fact that there are relatively narrow slick rock fins with deadly dropoffs on either side of the trail. There’s also a lot of sand covering the rocky and steep areas of the trail to make the trail even more slippery and potentially dangerous. I saw multiple foolish people climbing up steep fins off the trail that would be a deadly fall if those people fell. So I was surprised that I hadn’t heard about fatalities on the Devils Garden Trail. The arches on the trail are awesome. However, there are better and shorter trails in the park to see a greater concentrations of arches that are just as spectacular, if not more so. I would recommend hiking to at least to Landscape Arch. Past Landscape Arch I wouldn’t recommend the trail if your time at the park is more limited. Go elsewhere in the park to see more arches once you get to Landscape Arch if your time is kind of limited. Most importantly I would not recommend this trail at all to anyone past Landscape Arch if you’re afraid of heights.
Written 30 June 2022
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trufe2016
Richfield, OH62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
For avid, experienced hikers in good shape and without fears of heights, Devils Garden seemed to be a hiking paradise, based on the conversations we had with people on the trail. We talked with people (most in their 20s and 30s) coming from the direction we were headed because we were either lost or concerned about the difficulty ahead.
Arches National Park Trail Hiking Guide says this about Devil's Garden Trail: "This is a nice trail, paved, wide, and level, as good as it gets in the barren Arches landscape. The improved Devils Garden Trail ends at Landscape Arch; a Primitive Loop Trail extends from there, providing access to many of the area's most spectacular structures."
What they don't tell you is that the primitive trail (likely a technical term to an experienced hiker) has a significant elevation, includes climbing "fins" of sandstone that provide little room for error (20 to 30 foot drops on both sides), and a series of "scrambles", where the hiker has to scramble along the side of a rock that's at a 330 degree angle.
The point is, this primitive hike is not for everyone and certainly not for those with balance or acrophobia. Beautiful views, fascinating landscapes and marvelous geographic structures all throughout the hike, if you can set aside the concern for your safety.
I didn't feel the trail was very well marked either. More than once we took wrong turns because we saw multiple options and there wasn't any clear indication which trail to take when you came to a fork. By the footprints in the sand, it was clear more than one group of hikers either opted for the wrong path as we did, or they were simply taking diversions to see what they could see.
Overall, we were happy to have escaped without injury or without becoming hopelessly lost.
Written 30 March 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
One of the Arches MUST SEE and hike is the Devil's Garden trail. The Devil's Garden is a series of fins on a ridge which have eroded to create some of the best arches in the park like Landscape Arch. However, if you are simply looking for quantity of arches, this is your place as there are some many arches of all types. In addition it is a great hike. There is a section as you ascend to the top portion of the trail where you climb up the ridge of a fin. This is where our party split as some wanted to continue on while others were uncomfortable. I kept going and was rewarded with some amazing views. This is a great part of the park and an Arches NP Must See.
Written 8 June 2023
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN3,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
On our visit to Arches National Park we arrived early to try to beat the crowds and drove straight to the back of the park to the Devils Garden Trailhead area. The large parking lot made it easy to find a spot. We had planned to hike to Delicate Arch but once we started on the primitive trail we were having so much fun that we continued to Double O Arch. On the way back we also saw Navajo and Partition Arch. We ended up spending several hours here and had lunch at the picnic area that shares the same parking lot.

The hike to Delicate Arch was very easy and had plenty of people around. I didn’t think the primitive trail to Double O was too complicated of a hike. Certainly good shoes, sunscreen and water are needed but there were plenty of people on the trail who didn’t appear too experienced. We had a great time here and I would love to return at some point to do the entire trail.
Written 30 October 2022
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Chuck2010
Palmyra, PA2,563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Great way to see about 6 different arches on a round trip six mile hike. You can get to 3 arches including (Landscape Arch) if you want a shorter 2.8 mile walk.

Do your map research to know the trail ... and, you can even go farther out to more arches if you have the time and energy

At least a 30 minute drive from park entrance to reach the back section of the park ... there is pretty much parking but it does fill up quickly ... Note: because this can be a lengthy hike and time, people remain parked longer in their spots adding to the lack of parking spots opening up
Written 16 November 2022
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DLP
New Jersey3,639 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
It was a dry and bright day when we visited, but based on reviews we did not want our children hiking these trails. We walked some of the flat trail head areas of Devil’s garden. Devil’s Garden was beautiful what we saw of it. We then had lunch in Devil’s Garden which had covered picnic areas and restrooms. This was a gorgeous area of the park
Written 6 August 2023
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia2,414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 9:45am. There were only a couple of vehicles in the parking lot. There was a restroom available. It was quite chilly when we started. The trail surface was dry, muddy, snowy, and icy. We wore our traction devices for part of the hike. We do hike with trekking poles. we went straight out and kept left at the primitive trail turnoff loop to the right. We hiked to a bit beyond the Position Arch, and Navajo Arch spurs. At that point we came to a very high, skinny ridge. We could not see too far along the ridge to see what faced us at the end. So between the snow, ice, and high winds, we decided to bail on going any further, and headed back. Then visiting the pine tree arch, and the tunnel arch, before making it back to the lot. When we got back to the lot, there were quite a few cars. We really had a nice time, and the arches were wonderful. I would love to try this hike again in dry conditions.
Written 9 February 2023
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DontStopExploring
Winnipeg, Canada1,226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
Beautiful!! The only thing that makes this hike challenging is the heat, otherwise it's pretty chill with amazing views. We started at about 8:30 in late July and it took around 4 hours including a break for lunch. Wish we had started earlier because the last couple miles were brutally hot. Lots of scrambling, slippery slopes and tons of fun. Pack a cooler in the car for something to look forward to!
Written 10 August 2023
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