Devil’s Garden and the Primitive Trail
The Devils Garden Trail is the longest in Arches National Park in Utah, and offers a spectacular, seven-mile desert hike through other-worldly landscape. The striking yet mysterious scenery is a must for adventurous hikers, and the Devils Garden Trail takes you past eight of the over 2,000 awe-inspiring sandstone arches.
Sights along the trail
There are shortened versions of the Devils Garden Trail, and additional detours to see the spectacular Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch along the way. At the end of the rugged trail you will find the striking Double O Arch, which is an impressive arch above another arch.
For hikers that have gone the whole way and want more, there is a detour to visit the Dark Angel. The 150-foot sandstone tower is situated half a mile to the northwest of Double O Arch, and is unique obelisk surrounded by fins and arches.
Check out maps and routes over the Devils Garden to plan before embarking on this famous hiking trail. Hikers may hire a trail guide, available at the trailhead, for an informative, interesting hike or to be sure they´re on the right track.
Arches National Park
There are many other stunning hikes in this unique, desert park, both for beginners and experienced hikers. The Fiery Furnace for example, is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons with no marked trails. Using a ranger guide is highly recommended, and no children under five are permitted. Visitors without a guide must obtain a permit at the visitor center.
From a lookout point near by the parking lot, there is a fantastic view over the famous sandstone Delicate Arch, resembling an inverted horseshoe. It is also a short hike to go up to its base. Make sure not to miss this world-famous natural wonder.
There are further opportunities to explore beyond the hiking trail, and the national park has one campground, Devil´s Garden. Due to the popularity of the park, it’s almost always booked during high-season and should be reserved well in advance to avoid disappointment.
By the nearby town Moab however, there are many other campsites, both BLM and privately-owned. So if you´re out of luck booking in the national park, consider one of these close by sites instead.
Tips before travelling
During summer the desert can be very hot and there is no shade along the way. Sweat will dry instantly, making it hard to know how much water you are losing. Be prepared and bring extra water; a little bit more than what you actually you think you´ll need, to be safe. To avoid some heat, consider travelling during spring or early June.
The park is very popular, so to avoid long lines its best to visit before 8 am or after 3 pm. The National Park Service recommend visiting during the late afternoon and early evening, as the temperature is cooler, its less crowded and the lighting is better for both photographing and viewing all the natural wonders this park has to offer.