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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 Devils Garden Loop Trail 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 Devil’s Garden Trail leads you between sheer walls of sandstone fins”. That sounded pretty cool to me. There’s also the Devil’s Garden primitive trail which makes things extra fun.
Hiking Devils Garden Primitive Trail in Arches National Park
The Devils Garden, Utah trail in Arches National Park is 7.2 miles long 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 Devils Garden, Arches National Park trail 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.
Here are the arches Devils Garden has waiting for you.
The largest arch on the planet, Landscape Arch, beats Kolob Arch in Zion National Park by 3ft. Over the last couple of centuries, parts of Landscape Arch have broken off so you shouldn’t go and stand directly underneath it! Landscape Arch in Arches National Park is an awesome sight; the width of it is amazing!
Navajo Arch and Partition Arch (below) are located on the Navajo Arch Spur Trail. This is a trail which branches off from the Devils Garden Primitive Loop trail about 1.2 miles from the Devils Garden trailhead. This branch of the trail takes you to the south side of the area and tends to be a little quieter than the path leading up to Landscape Arch.
Pretty much nextdoor to Partition Arch, Navajo Arch is a cute little arch that you can walk right underneath.
Double O Arch
Double O Arch is the 2nd largest arch within the Devils Garden trail, Arches National Park. There are two arches here, stacked on top of each other almost like a figure-8. The larger of the two spans 71 ft, and the smaller on the bottom spans 21ft. Double O Arch is at the far end of the Devils Garden Loop, almost 2 miles from the trailhead.
Dark Angel (not an arch but a pretty cool rock)
The Dark Angel rock formation in Arches National Park, Ut is a 150ft sandstone tower. It’s around 0.5 miles northwest of Double O Arch and is an extra add on to the Devils Garden Primitive trail. You’ll have to walk up a small hill to reach the Dark Angel but it’s worth the effort. You’ll also get a great view across Arches National Park from the base of the Dark Angel.
Private Arch is quite small but it was the quietest we came to on our Devils Garden hike of the loop trail. It’s a great spot for a snack break!
You can do the following two arches in Arches NP at the beginning or at the end of your Devils Garden hike, Arches National Park.
Pine Tree Arch
Close to the Devils Garden parking lot and trailhead, Pine Tree Arch has, as the name suggests, a pine tree at the centre of it. To get to Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch, take the path going off to your right as you start the Devils Garden walk.
We didn’t get a picture of this one but here’s what it looks like. A real tunnel in the rock!
Where to stay near Arches National Park
You’re most likely to be either camping near Arches or staying in a Moab hotel. Take a look at my guide to Moab if that’s where you’re basing yourself while visiting Arches National Park. Here are a few suggestions for top hotels near Arches National Park.
Devils Garden Campground, UT
The Devils Garden campsite is open all year round and you can reserve up to 6 months in advance. You definitely need to reserve as it’s often fully booked since it’s one of the most coveted campgrounds in Arches National Park. The campsite is very close to the Devils Garden trail head and so spending a night here is perfect for hikers keen to start early in the morning.
There are 51 campsites at the Devils Garden campground which includes 2 group campsites and 1 accessible spot. The roads are paved so you don’t need to have an AWD or 4×4. Besides the stunning views of sandstone fins and clear night skies, this campground also has flush toilets and drinking water. However, there are no showers (check my Moab guide to find out where to shower in Moab!) at the Devils Garden Campground in Arches. If you travel in an RV, there’s no dump stations or electric hookup. For that reason, you may prefer to stay in one of the privately-owned campgrounds outside of Arches National Park mentioned below.
You can see a Devils Garden campground map here (scroll to the bottom). For Devils Garden campground reservations book online. Arguably all the campsites at the Devil’s Garden campground are great but perhaps the Devils Garden campground best sites are those numbered 48-52 as they’re the furthest away from the main road.
Camping near Arches National Park
If you’re camping in an RV or didn’t manage to get a camping spot at Arches National Park, then take a look at Up the Creek campground. It’s a campground in Moab which is within walking distance of the best restaurants and shops in the town. Here you’ll get hot showers, proper toilets and more – luxury camping! A great option to stay at if you want to do the Devils Garden near Moab trail.
If you want to camp in Moab but don’t have the equipment, you can enjoy a spot of glamping. These campgrounds let you stay in an RV or Tipi amongst other things.
- FunStays Glamping in Moab: offer Rv camping, tipis and tents all fully set up.
- OK RV Park Glamping Tipi: Super cool tipi camping with free wifi included
- Under Canvas Moab: Luxurious glamping in Moab