Arches National Park Devils Garden loop is an outstanding hike which allows the hiker to truly experience the rugged beauty of this amazing park.
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Length: 7.9 miles
Trailhead(s): Devils Garden
Elevation Gain: 1,210′
Trail Type: Loop with Spurs
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced*
Permit Required? No, but a Personal Vehicle Timed Entry Reservation ($2) is required from April through October. Follow this link to obtain reservation: Recreation.Gov
Considerations: *The Primitive Trail and spur to Double O Arch sections of the Devils Garden loop become advanced necessitating route finding and navigation of steep slopes, narrow drop-offs, and rock scrambling; $30 Park entrance fee; those with fear of heights may find some sections of the trail unnerving; desert hiking; no water; visitors are NOT allowed to climb the arches.
Season: Year Round
Arches National Park is a geologic wonder and an absolute gem. Within this gem is a must do hike – the Arches National Park Devils Garden loop. The Devils Garden loop is an outstanding hike which allows the hiker to truly experience the rugged beauty of this amazing park.
Hikes in Arches National Park are usually short, because the park is really designed for visitors to drive up to a site, get out of the car, and hike a short distance to the site. The Devils Garden loop, however, is an exception. If you hike the entire loop, which encompasses the Primitive Trail, you will cover 7.9 miles. As you travel through the loop, you will encounter arches, spires, and narrow rock walls called “fins.” All this creates not only beauty for the eyes, but adventure for the soul.
Elevation gain on the Devils Garden loop is minimal, but gains on this hike will vary depending on the features you choose to climb. The trail is mostly sand and rock and the footing is good, but if the ground is wet the rocks will be slippery.
The Devil’s Garden loop is doable for most experienced hikes, but take note of the “Considerations” above regarding the Primitive Trail section and heights. Note too, if you lack the experience to do the whole Devils Garden loop safely, you can turn around at Landscape Arch (main picture above; 1.9 miles round trip) and avoid the more difficult sections of the loop.
The Devils Garden loop is truly exceptional. In a park that is filled with gorgeous scenery, this loop is a stand-out. Not only does it allow the hiker to see some of Arches most iconic sights and beautiful scenery, but it allows the hiker to get up close and personal with the rock that forms the foundation of this outstanding national park. When you visit Arches, make sure this hike tops your list.
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