off road driving
Arches National Park in eastern Utah, is a highlight of any trip to the Southwest. The bright red rock against the deep blue sky will help even the most amateur photographer take stunning photographs. This site features more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the Delicate Arch. In a desert climate millions of years of erosion have led to these structures, while the ground has life-sustaining soil crust and potholes. Other geologic formations are stone columns, spires, fins, and towers. Located near Moab, Utah, it is also a haven for adventure travel and adrenaline junkies. Compared to other National Parks in the region, the highlights can be seen within a day or two. If you are short on time, you can drive past many scenic points to snap a quick picture. With more time, make sure to hike to Delecate Arch (the iconic arch on the Utah license plates), and if you are feeling adventurous (and energetic), try a hike through Devil's Garden. Along this hike you will see such wonders as Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Wall Arch (which recently fell), Double O Arch, and Dark Angel.
Leticia R. on Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arc...
I have a fear of heights, so this trail was quite difficult for me, however my husband was patient, and helped me through the rock fin and small wall climb. We did the trail counter clockwise, which most people did not. This makes the beginning of the trail very easy and your left with the difficult rock passages. Also, this trail does take 2 to 3 hours, so start it earlier in the day, unless you have proper equipment to hike as the sun sets. We had head lamps which allowed us to watch the sunset on the rock cliffs before wrapping up our hike.
We really enjoyed this hike and if time permitted would have done the side trip. HOWEVER...I would seriously be concerned about taking any big dog past the point of the second safety cable up the "steps". The ladder that follows would also be dicey...especially going down it. We did see a big lab make it up to the arch but we wonder if some of the "locals" know a reasonable alternate route.
Easy trail. It does climb and has a few points where the trail is quite narrow. The view of the Delicate Arch is the payoff. Arrive early and watch the sunrise through the arch and avoid the biggest crowds. There is a lot of discrepancies regarding trail length. Some say the trail is 3 miles while others say 4 miles round trip. Which ever it is, it's a great walk in the park.