The Devils Garden is perhaps the second most popular destination in Arches National Park (behind Delicate Arch). There is a nice, developed campground here. A wide trail leads out to impressive Landscape Arch. From there hikers can return the way they came, or continue on a well marked primitive loop that passes several more arches, massive sandstone fins and other scenic features. A spur trail leads to Dark Angle, well beyond the route taken by most casual tourists.
The primitive loop is the longest maintained trail in Arches. It is fun to hike.
Location: Northern area in Arches National Park
Difficulty: Easy to Landscape Arch; moderate to complete the primitive loop
Length: 7.2 miles (round trip) to complete the primitive loop
Elevation gain: About 400 feet
Weather: Hiking conditions are good during spring, summer and fall, and also during mild periods in winter. These trails are not recommended when ice and snow is present. Check at the Visitor Center for current conditions. Carry water with you, even during winter.
Other Factors: Pit toilets are available at the trailhead. Drinking water is available in the adjacent campground.
Route Descriptions: The trailhead is adjacent to the Devils Garden Campground, at the north end of the main park scenic drive.
From the parking area a wide, well-maintained trail leads to Landscape Arch. The primitive loop beyond Landscape climbs a series or sandstone fins, drops down into narrow chasms and crosses areas of sand. The trail is well marked. It is steep in places and follows along the edge of short cliffs in spots.
When you enter the park you are given a brochure that includes a park map. It is good to carry this map with you, to help you stay on the main trail and recognize where you are along the loop.
Additional information on Arches National Park or Moab-area attractions can be obtained by contacting the Moab Travel Region or Arches National Park:
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