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  4.8 ( 129 ) Favorite


5.0 mile 8.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 548' 167 m
Descent: -554' -169 m
High: 5,493' 1,674 m
Low: 5,040' 1,536 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)


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This challenging adventure has it all: 8 named arches, a tower, views and solitude

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This second most popular trail in Arches has a well deserved reputation for amazing scenery in a wonderfully remote setting. This is your chance to visit 8 named arches and with keen eyes you'll spot many more.

Need to Know

Take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person, wear a hat, use sunscreen, take breaks, be self-sufficient. Visit early or late in the day if you want to avoid the crowds on the main part of this extremely popular trail. Late afternoon is thought to be the best time to photograph the fins in Devils Garden for the best color. No bikes are allowed on this trail.


This featured hike consists of first taking the busy Devils Garden Main Trail, then escaping the hordes by completing the Devils Garden Primitive Loop in the clockwise direction and returning to the parking lot on the Devils Garden Main Trail. The distances listed do not include additional mileage from the numerous spur trails which are among the highlights of this outing.

From the Devils Garden trailhead, take the initially paved path over mostly level ground between rock fins. Almost immediately, a signed fork announces the turnoff for Tunnel Arch Trail and Pine Tree Arch Trail. These short, easy detours are highly recommended. Return to the Devils Garden Main Trail, heading northwest through more widely spaced rock fin valleys.

At the next trail junction, stay left on the Devils Garden Main Trail towards Landscape Arch Trail, for now ignoring the Devils Garden Primitive Loop trail that heads north. From here, take the paved path to Landscape Arch Trail and its spectacular viewpoint (more details about this impressive arch can be found on the Landscape Arch Trail trail page). The part of the Devils Garden Main Trail to Landscape arch is non-taxing and very family-friendly, but past this point be advised to keep kids under close supervision.

Back on the Devils Garden Main Trail, expect increased challenges as your route climbs over sandstone slabs and traverses narrow ledges with some exposure to heights. Follow rock pile cairns to stay on the correct route. Soon, you have the option to take the short spurs Partition Arch Trail and Navajo Arch Trail to the southwest. These arches often have shade and make worthwhile detours, but if you're out of stamina or time it is OK to bypass them.

Further along the undulating Devils Garden Main Trail, cross more fins hiking over exposed, sun-baked ground. After a sharp hairpin bend around the end of a fin, the Devils Garden Main Trail ends at a 3 way junction with the Dark Angel Trail and the Devils Garden Primitive Loop. If you've got lots of time and energy left, visit Dark Angel and then tackle the more rugged Devils Garden Primitive Loop. If you're already down for the count, better retrace your steps back to the parking area.

The start of the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Trail is marked with a "Caution: Primitive Trail, Difficult Hiking" warning sign. It is worth evaluating your water levels and experience over the last half of the Devils Garden Main Trail: if you were terrified, don't do the Primitive Loop. If you still feel energetic and successfully conquered the challenges of the Main Trail with aplomb, then you'll likely find the Primitive Loop to be similarly enjoyable.

From the 3-way junction with Devils Garden Main Trail and the Dark Angel Trail, the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Trail begins with a moderately steep descent of Fin Canyon. About halfway down, and about 0.4 miles from the beginning of the loop, look for the Private Arch Trail on the right (leading south/southeast). This detour is easy and visits an infrequently seen, isolated arch. Once back on the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Trail, continue downhill over rock spines, through sandy washes and slickrock sections, threading between mesmerizing fin canyons.

Some parts in this area become treacherous when the rock is wet or snowy. There is one rock face that must be navigated via a ledge and another tricky spot where a depression often fills with water and must be circumnavigated. Most hikers with grippy shoes report excitement without dunkings. (If you are concerned about these obstacles, you can visit Private Arch and then retrace your steps back to the Devils Garden Main Trail.) The remainder of the trail covers more open ground, ascending gradually to the junction with the Devils Garden Main Trail at the Landscape Arch area. Rejoin the masses on your return to the parking lot via the Devils Garden Main Trail.

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Oct 1, 2019
Jessica Shea
Jul 14, 2019
Bo Taylor
Amazing hike!! 8mi
Jul 11, 2019
Bartosz Tupta
Jul 10, 2019
Ethan McCarty
Jul 1, 2019
Joe Martinez
Great hike w various terrain Some narrow edges One steep scramble Made it w Jaden and Mariah Started at 9:3 finish around 1 5mi
Jul 1, 2019
Sean Hansen
Got lost once with some people. Met Brandon from Oklahoma! 5mi — 3h 30m
Jun 30, 2019
Isabell Krueer
Jun 29, 2019
Charlie Thiel

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