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Devils Garden Main Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 321' 98 m
Descent: -129' -39 m
High: 5,495' 1,675 m
Low: 5,204' 1,586 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This extremely popular trail serves up many impressive arches in exchange for only modest effort.

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However much of the Devils Garden Trail system you complete, you'll leave happy. 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 are short, easy detours and 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, 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 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 consider tackling the more rugged Devils Garden Primitive Loop. If you're already down for the count, better retrace your steps back to the parking area.

Some words to the wise: take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person, wear a hat, use sunscreen, take breaks. Visit early or late in the day if you want to avoid the crowds on this extremely popular trail. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

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Sep 18, 2019
Scott S
Did as part of full lollipop
Aug 20, 2019
Dan Drociuk
Aug 7, 2019
Scott Street
Walked to turn off for Landscape Arch
Aug 1, 2019
Irene Makropoulou
Jul 10, 2019
Jack Sanders
Jul 1, 2019
Andrew Borchman
Hot! Great! 5mi
Jun 28, 2019
Sarah J
19h 30m
Jun 27, 2019
Seth Liverseed

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  4.5 from 25 votes

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#16

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#126

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Photos

Evening light at Arches NP!
Mar 11, 2015 near Moab, UT
what a view
Feb 7, 2018 near Moab, UT
Double O Arch with hikers for scale
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Landscape Arch looking impossibly thin
Feb 26, 2018 near Moab, UT
Classic view along the Devils Garden Main Trail!
May 16, 2015 near Moab, UT
We captured a photo of Sasquatch along the Devil's Garden loop.
May 16, 2015 near Moab, UT

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