I’d seen pictures of Arches National Park for months leading up to our Canada and America trip. I was also pretty desperate to get out and do some hiking, cities are great for walking and all but it’s not the same as a good ol’ hike.
I’d done a little bit of research and seen that the Devil’s Garden Loop in Arches National Park seemed like the one to do. It was the longest, had loads of arches to see and (apparently) the most difficult. I love a good hiking challenge.
The National Park Service says that “The Devils Garden Trail leads you between sheer walls of sandstone fins”. That sounded pretty cool to me.
Hiking the Devil’s Garden Trail
The hike is 7.2 miles in total (11.5km) and although parts of are steep and you need to clamber over the odd rock here and there, it’s really not too challenging.
The first part of the hike is paved until you reach Landscape Arch. After this the hike is what’s described as “primitive”. This means there’s no paved trail and you can expect to have to work your way around slick rocks and drop offs.
You don’t need to worry about getting lost at all. There are plenty of signs and enough people around that you can’t go too far wrong. But, having said that, there are plenty of times you’ll be walking and not see anyone around you. It’s pretty perfect.
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Here are the arches you pass on the Devil’s Garden Trail
Double O Arch
Dark Angel (not an arch but a pretty cool rock)
You can do the following two at the beginning or the end of your hike
Pine Tree Arch
We didn’t get a picture of this one but here’s what it looks like: