Devils Garden Trail is one of the longest and most challenging hikes in Arches National Park. Featuring a beautiful array of arches and stunning rock formations you’ll feel like you’re wandering around on another planet. As a longer hike, you’ll want to carve out a half-day to do the entire loop, including several scenic spurs that get up close and personal with some of the best arches in the park.
You’ll find the Devils Garden Trail just to the north of the Devils Garden Campground off of the main road to Arches National Park. Lucky campers can walk to the trailhead directly from their tents. This lollipop loop trail offers plenty of stunning scenery. You can pick and choose the landmarks you stop at, or simply explore the entire trail.
As one of the best hikes in Arches National Park, Devils Garden is a must-do. Although this trail is long, it’s worth the effort. Beginner hikers will quickly be rewarded with stunning arch formations along the way and can choose to continue on to harder objectives or turn back.
One of the highlights of Devils Garden is the famous Landscape Arch. As one of the largest natural arches in the world (306 feet long) it’s a must-see stop along this trail.
Remember, this is one of the most popular hikes in Moab. You’ll want to arrive at the trailhead early (think before 8 am) in order to snag a parking spot and have some solitude on the trail. As a bonus, you’ll also beat the heat.
Distance: 7.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,069 feet
Estimated Time: 4 to 5 hours
Dogs Allowed? No
Pro Tip: Bring sturdy shoes, plenty of water, salty snacks, and sun protection. This trail offers little to no shade and travels over rocky terrain. Although the trail is well-marked, pay attention to where you are going and follow cairns over the slick rock.
Devils Garden is home to a wide variety of stunning rock formations and arches. A walk through this impressive red rock landscape brings you up close and personal with these fantastic features.
Just a few minutes from the trailhead you’ll encounter a trail junction for Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. This short spur is a T-shape and takes around 15 minutes round-trip to complete. Continue along the main trail. At the fork, head left to see the impressive Landscape Arch. This delicately thin arch looks as if it will break at any moment. It’s also one of the longest arches in the world, spanning an impressive 306 feet across!
As you continue down the trail you’ll find a left-hand spur that heads towards Navajo Arch and Partition Arch. This tuning-fork shaped spur takes just a few minutes to check out.
Avid hikers can continue onward up to the famous Double O Arch. This is the most difficult part of the trail, requiring you to scramble up the steep slick rock. You’ll likely need to use your hands. However, with careful foot placement, you can make it to the beautiful Double O Arch. Just be aware of the steep drops.
Pro Tip: Wear closed-toed shoes for hiking over steep slick rock. The sturdy footwear provides more ankle support and better stability. Remember to stay on the trail and avoid stepping on cryptobiotic soil (darker clumps of soil that are actually alive).
Next, you’ll have a choice to continue onward an additional 0.42 miles round-trip to Dark Angel, a towering, spooky, 150-foot rock spire along the primitive trail.
Loop the backside of Devils Garden and pass a spur for the exclusive Private Arch, an additional 0.6-mile detour. Make your way across the rocky landscape until you return to the first fork in the trail and double-back down toward the trailhead.
The Devils Garden Trail makes a stop at 7 different arches as well as the Dark Angel. Overall it’s a fun-filled day of hiking in a beautiful landscape. You simply can’t visit Arches National Park without hiking this beautiful trail.