Devil's Den Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Devil's Den Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marathon, Texas that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

4.5 miles
357 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




no dogs

Devil's Den is a dramatic limestone slot canyon in the park's northern backcountry. Follow the trail towards Dog Canyon. After 1.5 miles take a side trail off to the right into a wash. In another 0.5 mile, take the large wash that intersects from the left which leads directly into Devil's Den. You may hike into the den, or hike up along the southern edge of the deep crevice for great views into the canyon. You can then enter the den and hike back through it. Small tinajas hold water during the rainy season.

3 months ago

awesome trail..2walk, walk,walk forever!

4 months ago

The trail was a bit more intimidating that I anticipated, what with all the cacti near the trail. We found a cave up near the top of the ridge that had a bunch of old and fresh lion scat. The actual den at the trail's conclusion is a great stop to hydrate and fuel up on snacks.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

We just finished hiking Devil's Den & Dog Canyon totaling about a 9.5 mile hike. It was spectacular and more then we expected. The Dog Canyon hike was easy, so we did that first then we followed the arroyo in the opposite direction and hiked pretty much half way into Devil's Den canyon climbing boulders and dodging scrub, but eventually decided to followed a backcountry map given to us by the park ranger that indicated we should then climb out of the canyon and hike the rest of the way along a marked path off the south rim of the canyon. Good call because it went a lot faster and we got to the end to see the vast open 360 view of the hills and canyon below. It was well worth it and even the risky technical climb getting out of the canyon itself and onto the trail was a challenge for myself and my companion. Great fun though!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Hiked Devil's Den a couple of times now but have never made it to the end. On both hikes we stopped at the point where you have to climb up through a small opening between boulders. The first time, there was a deep pool of water preventing us from getting to the boulder and the second time, was just by myself and didn't want to risk the climb.
This is a fav hike of mine because of the rock scrambling through the canyon. Before you get to the canyon, the trail has very few cairns after leaving the initial path, but as long as you follow the correct arroyo, you'll find your way.
Highly worth it for a short adventure.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The hike was fun and the weather was great. It was very remote and the desert is just beautiful. The canyon itself was not quite what I was expecting, as I was told that it was a slot canyon. It is not! We actually declined to hike in the canyon, there was so much vegetation down in it, and we didn't want to get poked and scraped any more than we had to. We hiked along the ridge of the canyon and that was nice.

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