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Devil's Playground Loop is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sun Valley, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 475 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (1)

Devil's Playground. Loop into wilderness area. Need to get wilderness pass from North visitor center, then drive out of the park, west on I40, to the first exit.

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Reviews (35)
Photos (70)
Recordings (22)
Completed (40)
Kevin B
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Hiking

This loop was pretty uneventful aside from the couple miles near the back of the loop where you can see cool rock formations. The trail is signed until around the lollipop then you just have to navigate. If you have an AllTrails track to follow, not sure how you can get lost. The loop generally follows the washes and doesn't involve difficult climbs.

Zoey Gudger
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HikingOff trail

Hard to follow the markers, it was a beautiful area to see the land but had to turn back half way through because didn’t want to get lost from not following the markers.

Jean L.
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Sean White
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Hiking

We hiked after several rains so a few of the streams were running. Absolutely fantastic. I wish they would extend the trail deeper into the park. We never really got away from the noise of the interstate and park road. Camped out on a Mesa and watched the sun set on the painted desert. The stars were amazing. It was about 12 above at night so pack shorts to fleece!

Eric Bouwens
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HikingNo shadeOff trailScramble

I would recommend only the first part If the trail unless you are quite experience with backcountry hiking and navigation The further loop is the high point of the trail but completely unmarked. A high point in hiking experience but also more risk than we should have taken.

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Karen Sharpe
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Hiking

Loved this hike. Amazingly beautiful with all sorts of rock formations to climb on and around. Petrified wood everywhere. We just walked in and asked for the back country pass and got it no prob. They only have a few a day though so go early.

Ashley Romano
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HikingPrivate property

This trail was great! Would highly recommend using GPS, we had a lot of fun navigating with no trail markers - but we thankfully we also had a lot of time til the 4:30 cut off that the permit allots. Not a lot of shade, bring lots of water

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Tetiana Medukha
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No trail or markers once on private property. Pure silence and untouched beauty. An intovert's dream.

Sean Trimby
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Hiking

3 permits each week. 'Week' starts on Wednesday. Permit is good for your carload of people, whether 1 or 5. Permits are in place due to negotiated agreement with private landowners who land you will be crossing to get to the Devil's Playground. Please honor the permit system; don't use this as a free pass to find the trail and poach it. Great hike - the paper directions the park service gives do match up pretty well with this route. They're a little vague, and this might be a good supplement to find the large wash and bush that the directions will mention. Great hike - use the recording around the playground as a guide, but explore at will. I got to the park office around 11:30am and gave myself about 5 hours including the hike in, hike out, and exploring. I wasn't expecting to get a permit, but I did on a Friday in November. It was good, but another 2 hours would have been good. An overnight would have been great to take in the silence and desolation if my schedule had allowed. As a tip: You'll be following markers on a back country 'trail' - i.e., not really a trail. You CAN see the next marker from every marker as of mid-November 2018. They can be difficult to spot, as they blend in with the scenery pretty well. Kneeling so that they stand out above the brush really helps out - they contrast better with the sky. Good luck, have fun, and please respect the rules and get a permit!!!

Michael Gonzales
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Hiking

I didn't finish the hike, but this is more of a tip than review from what I experienced. As others have recommended, be sure to bring a GPS. I hiked solo and no one else was around me, didn't have any first aid gear and only had food and water. The paper guide that the visitor center gives for the trailhead is different than Alltrails. I was confused and spent a good half hour at the wrong trailhead and decided to follow the trail on here. I plan to do the hike again, but more prepared if I'm lucky to get a permit again.

Dirk Gardner
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Hiking

We took this hike the first week in April which was good because it wasn’t too hot yet. A sandy barren hike until you get to the Devils Playground. Very beautiful, different and quiet. So glad we had our gps for much of the hike. We did it on a Wednesday which made it easier to get the permit than on a Saturday.

Phillip Witte
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Hiking

I can’t recommend this trail highly enough. It is remote and somewhat poorly marked, but also well within cell service for real-time GPS map updates if/when you need them.The rocks and petrified wood are gorgeous (see my photos). I’m shocked that a place like this doesn’t have more enthusiastic reviews. In some ways, I hate to give up such a gem, but I also hope to see more people visiting and reviewing this great trail!

Autumn Wind
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Hiking

There are only three permits every week but we got it! The scenery of badland is amazing, but I don't recommend you to go there alone, as you will not meet other persons in this area except a devil~

Sophia Coplin
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Emily Morton
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George Nickson
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Monica Fine
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Brendan Farley
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Lou Berquam
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Andrew Howery
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Karina Marie
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Catherine Ku
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Sean White
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Ron Alvarado
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Matthew B.
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Jared S.
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Steven Lazar
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Mary L.
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