Devils Garden

Devils Garden in Arches National Park is the location of the longest maintained hiking trail in the park: Almost all the major attractions and viewpoints in Arches are clustered together within a mile of the scenic auto road. Therefore, most of the trails are quite short. Balanced Rock, for instance, is visible from the road and has only a short, easy loop trail that is really not much more than a tame walking path. The Devils Garden trail is the closest you will get to a backcountry route in this area.

The trail to Delicate Arch takes about 30 to 45 minutes in each direction, and it is a moderately strenuous hike. The Devils Garden Trail, on the other hand, takes four to five hours round-trip over six or 7.5 miles, depending on which route you take. It is a moderate trek that can be accomplished by most anyone in good physical condition. It is not difficult, although there is some scrambling over slick rock required. For this reason, it is not recommended on wet or snowy days.

There is an excellent campground quite near the trailhead. From here, you have a wide trail that leads to Landscape Arch, and from there a spur leads out to Dark Angel, a huge monolithic spire that has petroglyph panels. Other arches to be seen on the route include Pine Tree, Tunnel, Navajo, and Partition. You will also pass by the remains of the Wall. Once one of the largest formations in the park, it collapsed in August of 2008. From Double O Arch at the end of the trail, you can retrace your steps or take a detour through Fin Canyon, which adds about 3.5 miles to the trek and is more strenuous than the rest of the trail.

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