Devil's Garden hike in Arches National Park, Moab
Devil's Garden hike in Arches National Park, Moab

Devil's Garden hike

Moab and Arches National Park
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Devil's Garden hike

Distance: 2.6mi
Elevation: 325ft
Time: 1-1.5h

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This quick hike runs down a gorgeous narrow canyon, meeting up with the highway at its beginning and end. Wonderful views of desert towers and sheer sandstone cliffs fill the scenery.

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Getting there

From downtown Moab drive north on the 191 for 4.6mi. Turn right into Arches national park and pay the entrance fee. Drive along Arches Scenic Drive for 16.3mi until its end. Find parking in the large, but usually crowded, Devils Garden parking area.

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When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

Yes

Toilets

Yes

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

Moderate to High

Route Type

Out and back


Devil's Garden
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Route Description for Devil's Garden

Starting at the apex of the parking area road loop, the wide sandy trail starts off with a bang, leading you directly between two massive vertical rocks. The trail snakes between them and plops you out on the other side – in another world filled with vertical rocks and incomprehensible arches.

As you hike along the path you’ll soon reach a junction. Taking a right here grants a quick detour to observe Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. These stunning sights are well worth the minimal effort, and both offer different variations on the theme of the park. If you have especially young kids or just want a quick jaunt, going to see these two arches is easily worth the drive.

Return to the main trail and continue hiking along. As you follow the route you will see both expansive views of the plain extending in all directions, as well as delicate towers and knife ridge fins. There will be several sections with mild elevation gain, however they are spaced out and not too strenuous. Towards the end of the path there will be two turn offs for the ‘primitive trail’. Do not take these.

As you reach the end of the trail you will see why most of your fellow hikers have made the trek. Landscape Arch dominates the skyline for the last 0.5mi, and its delicate construction inspires amazement and fear. In recent year, massive chunks of rock have fallen from the arch, closing the trail  directly beneath and leading experts to question how much longer this natural wonder will last.

If you want to find other great hikes around Moab and Arches National Park, check out the Delicate Arch Hike, Double Arch Hike or the Dead Horse Point Hike.

Insider Hints

  • Going early in the day beats the crowds, the heat, and gives the best light to photograph Landscape Arch.

  • If you are feeling up for it, continue along the primitive trail to see more arches and towers. Don’t forget extra water and sturdy boots!

Comments

Frank M. 1 year ago

Sunrises and sunsets are amazing here. Incredible hike.

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Stevie M 1 year ago

This hike is absolutely spectacular. Along the round trip, you will see numerous arches

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lemontree 1 year ago

Stunning hike! It's more pronounced than the past hikes I've done before.

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Meander L. 2 years ago

Incredible hike even though the sun is scorching. Would recommend it to everyone. The desert tower is also stunning.

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Washington H. 2 years ago

Amazing desert towers. Relatively easy hike with tons of rewarding views. Absolutely worth doing.

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Omni P. 2 years ago

An easy hike with a stunning view of the canyon. Gorgeous towers and sandstone.

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Zuzu T. 2 years ago

Views here are slightly different and more dramatic than the previous hike I've done.

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Giedre 3 years ago

We've arrived early for a hike and that was the best decision as finding a parking spot later gets challenging and time-consuming. We've absolutely loved the walk. It gets crazy busy but going deeper you find fewer people as most of them come to take some pictures around the first arches anyways.

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Bao X 3 years ago

Devils garden was very good. Hot

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MaggieRoy 3 years ago

Lovely walk, but if you are there you can visit the other arcs too (don't remember the names) as they all make a very nice loop. Don't forget lots of water. Also, the crowd spreads out later as you go deeper

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