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Devil's Garden - Primitive Trail Hike in Arches National Park

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Devil's Garden - Primitive Trail Hike in Arches National Park

Brook Maier

The Devil's Garden: Primitive Trail Loop Hike

Classification: Difficult
Roundtrip Length: 7.2 miles
Scenery Highlights: Spur Trails - 7 Arches - Fin Formations

What is the best hike in Arches National Park?
I personally believe this to be the best hike in Arches National Park. We did this hike mid-October and from the moment you enter the trail, you are hit with beautiful scenery. The primitive trail section offers an experience like no other, with astounding rock formations to explore, plants to admire and some exciting sections to scramble. Depending on how much time you take to stop and take it all in or your pace of hiking, this hike can take you anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. *Note: Older children (ages 7+) may find this hike incredibly fun, given all the things you can explore and climb along the way. 

When to go?
We had arrived later in the day to Moab and decided to time our hike accordingly so we could enjoy the sunset. I highly recommend this, because most people are not prepared to be out there come dark, so there will be much less of a crowd. I believe we only saw a total of 5 people on the trail that evening, talk about having the place to yourself. Going at sunset allows you to enjoy a different perspective of the rock and land, along with a stunning view. Be sure to give yourself enough time to make the trek back to the main trail with enough light out, spur trails can be hard to follow even with headlamps.

What to pack?

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Plenty of water
  • Light jacket or sweater (as it can get cooler at night)
  • Snacks + salty snacks (remember you need to keep your sodium levels up in the heat)
  • Sunscreen (don't forget lip balm with SPF!)
  • Good hiking shoes for some light scambling/climbing
  • Camera