Make sure you have shoes that grip for climbing on the rocks. What a beautiful trail! I loved the trail, though, especially the rock scrambling. Soooo this is a beautiful trail and also relatively easy BUT it terrified me. I mean absolutely terrified me. I had nightmares about this trail. This trail has exposed heights and this is how I found out that I hate that. Be aware if you have an aversion to heights. You will walk on fins with steep drop offs on either side I also was not expecting the rock scramble and it took several people and a long time to get me over that thing.
My husband climbs for fun though he is still relatively new at it. It challenged him at first for a minute but once he got it he was going up and down it and helping other people. Going the direction we did we found the primitive trail to be well marked and easy to follow when we were there.
We had trouble finding our way from Double O arch back to the main trail and parking lot. Enjoyable hike which was challenging and fun above landscape arch. Fairly technical, was glad I had poles. Very little shade.
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Lots of neat arches. We got lost a few times on the primitive trail. AllTrails GPS was a lifesaver! Beautiful scenery and wildflowers. Did the loop counter-clockwise and worked for me as it would have been a terrible descent otherwise. Some sections were not easily navigable.
Cairns tend to get blown away by strong winds. Super nice hike, but the crowds suck. Go as early as possible. This is a great loop. The narrowest part going up to the double O is about 3 to 4 people wide. I personally don't enjoy walking on trails with drop off on each side, but this part didn't bother me at all.
The trail had very few people on it. I was able to get a picture of every arch without people in it. We completed at pm and the parking lot was completely full.
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The trail to landscape was very crowded on the way out. If you are completely apposed to seeing people on the trail you will need to get here early, but we went long stretchs without seeing people so worked well for us. My favorite arch by far was partition. Overall had an amazing experience, even with the crowds. Solid trail. Takes a bit of navigating. Started at AM. Hiked clockwise and saw all 6 natural arches.
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Definitely worth waking up for to beat the morning crowds! Show More Show Less. Distance: 7. Getting There. Devils Garden offers many different arches to the hiker; you can pick and choose a few select Arches or take the grand tour and see them all. Start by parking your car in the nearby lot and head out on the paved path the path is paved up until Landscape Arch. Tunnel Arch. After only 0. To see Tunnel Arch, take the trail leading off to the right and stay right when the trail splits again. It should only be about a minute off the main trail.
Pine Tree Arch. To add Pine Tree Arch to your list as well head to the trail coming off of the fork and you will be able to walk up to Pine Tree Arch, which is better protected from the sun than Tunnel Arch. After you have seen enough, head back to the main paved path to continue the hike. Landscape Arch. Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, and the longest national arch in the world according to the Natural Arch and Bridge Society.
It is ft at its longest section. More recently, several chunks have fallen from it, and the trail leading below it has since been closed for safety reasons, but you can still get fairly close from the designated viewing area. Landscape Arch is only 1 mile from the trailhead, and the path is fairly flat the entire way, with a few minor exceptions. This is also where the paved path ends, and a path along rock fins and slickrock begins. If you are up for it, continue on to some of the other magnificent arches where there are fewer crowds.
Partition Arch. Only 0. Stay left at the next fork to visit Partition Arch, which offers a great view of the plateau though the rock window. Head back a little ways; turn left, and continue to Navajo Arch. Navajo Arch. Navajo Arch is significantly more shaded than any other arch on the hike, and is great place to rest from the hot desert sun.
There are some interesting formations on the walls nearby that look like some mix between rock and Swiss cheese. After you have cooled down a bit, hike back to the main trail to continue on to Double O Arch. Double O Arch. It doesn't take one long to discover how this arch got its name.
Double O Arch is the second largest arch in Devils Garden, after Landscape Arch which is the longest natural arch in the world. The top arch spans 71ft, while the smaller bottom arch spans 21ft. For a better perspective of the arch, hike through the lower arch to the other side and partially up the slope, where you will get a great view of both arches framing the desert plateau and the horizon in the background.
If you plan to take the Primitive Trail to Dark Angel and Private Arch, hike back through the arch and continue along the trail to the left before climbing back up to the main viewpoint. Dark Angel. It may be somewhat unexpected, as it is not an arch like everything else thus far, but it is still worth the hike. Private Arch. This section of the Primitive Trail is no more difficult that the previous section, but seems much more remote. Be sure to check your water supply before heading out on this last section; the dry heat makes it difficult to know just how much water you are actually losing, and walking along the sandy trail takes longer than expected.
Head back to the Primitive Trail and turn right to finish the remaining 1. After that it's 1 mile further along the paved road until you reach the trailhead. Reviews Photos Recordings Sort By. Elizabeth Ingalls. Brandon Hofmann. Melissa Thayer. Jen Thewesterntrek. Emma Colby. Jason McBride. Alexander Buxbaum. Ariana Wetzel. Aubrey Hill. Ron Pashley-Crawford. Nathanael Ryerson. Del Teter. Ambrea M. Ruby Camp.
Leslie W-h. Blair Morgan. In the early s, an immigrant prospector from Hungary named Alexander Ringhoffer came across the Klondike Bluffs, a similar area with fins and arches to the west of Salt Valley, which he named Devil's Garden. The railroad company realized the lucrative potential of the area and contacted the National Park Service to consider making it a national monument. The monument originally consisted of two parts: the Windows and Devils Garden, with the latter name being taken from Ringhoffer's name for the Klondike Bluffs, an area not initially included in the park.
The Devils Garden Trail meanders between sheer walls of sandstone fins. The fins were created when vertical cracks in a thick layer of sandstone were eroded and widened by water—either scoured by runoff from rainfall and snow melt, or pried and exfoliated by ice expansion. These stone formations may only last a few thousand years—a short time on the geologic time scale.
The events that led to the arches, fins, and other rock shapes began about million years ago, when seas periodically covered the area. Sand, silt and clay subsequently accumulated on top of the salt deposits over millions of years. The uneven weight and pressure of these overlying sediments squeezed the salt into an anticline a domed ridge.
Overlying horizontal rock layers bulged upward and cracked vertically allowing rainwater to trickle down and dissolve the salt away. As the salt receded, the overlying rock burden sank with it. Salt Valley, located to the immediate southwest, is an example of the resulting landform. At the edges of the valley, where Devils Garden is located, the cracked rock was slightly pulled apart.
Rain and snow soaked into the vertical cracks, which dissolved the cementing minerals and loosened grains of sand to be carried away by running water.
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As the cracks widened, tall fins were left standing. Weak zones in fins were either dissolved by naturally occurring acids in rainwater or wedged apart by freezing and thawing water, and openings developed into the various arches seen presently. Some of the large boulders on the slope beneath the arch are remnants of this event.
The dominant plant species are pinyon pines and junipers.