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Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arches

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Arches National Park

Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arches is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thompson, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,131 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Cave Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Washed out Off trail No shade No dogs
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This is a wonderful hike that allows you to see up to six natural arches. The main trail is well maintained, and wide. The first spur trail takes you to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. The trail leads to Landscape Arch, which at 306' long and is one of the largest natural spans in the world. After visiting Landscape Arch, you begin your only significant uphill climb of the trip. You will walk well below Wall Arch, then climb higher to spur trails to Navajo and Partition Arch. At this point retrace the main trail back to the trailhead or continue on for an additional 2 1/4 miles for views of Double Arch and Dark Angel.

There is parking and a public restroom at the trailhead.

National Park Service - (435) 259-8161

Arches National Park can be very hot in the summer, and the dry heat makes it difficult to know how much water you are actually losing, as your sweat will dry almost instantly. Over-prepare and bring extra water, especially if you are planning to complete the entire loop, as you will likely be by yourself for a couple of miles along the Primitive trail, with nowhere nearby to refill your water. There are water fountains and restrooms at the trailhead near the parking lot.

Traveling north on highway 191 out of Moab, turn right into Arches National Park. Follow the main road past the visitors center into the park. Pass The Great Wall on your left and Petrified Dunes on your right. Continue on main road past turnoff to the Garden of Eden Continue on main road past turnoff toward Wolf Ranch The main road ends at a loop with parking at Devils Garden trailhead.

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Steve OMara
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Douglas Astler
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Rick Deluca
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easy out to landscape arch then more challenging beyond that. I gott turned back by a storm so did not complete the trail to Double O

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Brian Vess
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Ari Silia
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Amazing hike. Leave the trekking poles behind for this one, elevation comes mostly from scrambling fins. You get to walk on a few fins along the way. Super fun. Highly recommended.

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Anya Pratskevich
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Fun, challenging hike. We parked by the trail at 10am on Sunday and were the last car they let in — the park was shut down due to overcrowding. Get in early! There’s one spot that’s sort of scary/dangerous to climb and the rest is fine, just stay on trail (we got lost a bit near the Dark Angel spot and had to climb our way out of the canyon). It’s very hot though, ran out of water towards the end. Bring 3L per person, at least. The views are worth it, and definitely doesn’t get boring.

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Justin Rawson
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Katie Sperin
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Make sure to go early! We started at 7:30 am and finished at 11:30am and it was relatively cool and shady. It started to get hot and extremely busy around 11am. Make sure you stop at the first two arches in the beginning or they will be very crowded on the way back. Go clockwise, it makes for a much more exciting beginning few miles for you. I am used to CO hiking so this wasn’t that difficult of a hike for us but there are a lot of climbing sections and sandy trails. Beautiful views everywhere. Don’t forget extra water and a snack! Highly recommend.

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Alex Arnold
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Start early! This trail is mostly exposed and it gets extremely hot on the "primitive portion." We started around 7:30am Friday, and that was great and parking was no problem. There's a bathroom at the trailhead. My Strava put this hike around 9 miles and 4.5 hours, but we stopped at every single arch viewpoint (including Dark Angel) and weren't in any particular hurry. You could probably hike it a bit faster, and if you skip anything, I'd say skip Dark Angel as you can see it from a ways away and it's not really more impressive close up. Overall, hike was no problem elevation-wise (pretty easy) but the sand of the "primitive" trail was a bit annoying as it went all in my shoes.

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Amy Wilson
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Beautiful hike!! I was a little intimidated by some of the reviews, but the scrambling wasn't bad at all. The only part that made me nervous was hugging a fin along the clockwise route of the primitive trail! Otherwise, the fins are pretty wide. A 7:00AM start with only 8-9 cars in the parking lot. Nice and cool and mostly shaded in the first few miles due to the "haze" and the fins and walls. Loved it!! Partition arch was the one and only arch that was private at that time of day. Finally got my arch pic!! Overall, highly recommend.

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Nitin Prasad
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Primitive trail involves a bit of scrambling that I loved. There are small arches, big arches, and not-yet-fully formed arches everywhere you look

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Alison L
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One of the most interesting hikes I’ve ever done - many different features and climate areas in one loop. Some of the fin hiking was higher and narrower than I expected, just requires some focus to stay safe / within your comfort zone. Highly recommend.

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Cody Pump
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Robert McCurdy
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Arch Madness!

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Kevin Patric
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Good trail. We’re hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. There was a rescue today but it was from someone climbing rocks clearly off the trail. There is a nice breeze in the early afternoon but not much shade. We went clockwise and thought that was the best way to go because you have some Steve climbs in there better than steeply descending what could be slippery rock. Don’t go if it’s wet.

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Andrew Pham
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probably wouldn't add dark angel

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Meghan Phair
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Megan Wolfe
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Alyson G
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Probably my favorite hike I did in Moab! I went clockwise as others have said, and with every spur trail to each arch plus a break for lunch it took me about 5 hours total. I loved all the arches but I did not expect scrambling through the fin canyon section to be so fun! Definitely a different experience than I've ever had. After making it past double arch I barely saw another soul on the trail. As others have said bring LOTS of water (I brought 4 liters and drank about 3 of them!). Also the deep soft sand is a real bitch, especially in the last mile or so back uphill to the landscape arch junction. I debated bringing my trekking poles and in the end was glad not to have them as there are parts you're basically climbing on all fours. If you want to trim a mile I recommend skipping the Dark Angel spur but other than that the whole trail was absolutely worth it!

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Chirag S
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Beautiful scenery throughout the entire trail! Definitely recommend packing a lot of water at least 2-3 liters per person. It gets very hot. Recommend trying to do this trail in the morning to avoid the heat

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Megaw Cole
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Could have skipped the primitive part of the trail as well as Dark Angel and Private Arch. Would have saved maybe 2 miles

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Alexander Sunell
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Tiffany Wong
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Really fun hike with awesome views! It was challenging to find the trail at times, and there were some steep areas where you might have to do some climbing. Per some of the suggestions, we did it clockwise where most of the arches are, but found the uphill sand pretty tiring to walk up at the end. I’d probably do it counterclockwise if I were to do it again.

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Ganesh Ramachandran
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Cecile Lafforgue
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Wonderful trail. I followed the advice to do it clockwise and I do agree with it. It makes it easier to climb up at the beginning of the trail. The first half is also where the most interesting view points with the arches are. The primitive trail has some nice areas - and a few to walk with caution, but it’s good to finish with as it’s mainly flat. If I’d do it again, I would skip Dark Angel. It’s an extra mile for not much interest. Save your energy.

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Brittain McNeel
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Stunning hike. Made it to Partition Arch for sunrise and had it all to ourselves- that was definitely the highlight.

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