The Ultimate Guide to the Devil’s Garden Hike in Arches National Park

Unique trees below Navajo Arch in Devils Garden at Arches National Park

It would be hard to complete the Devil’s Garden Trail and leave without gaining a better appreciation for the beauty of Arches National Park. Hiking Devil’s Garden provides the opportunity to learn more about how this delicate landscape came to be and become inspired to reflect on the possibilities that passing time offers.

Walking along the trails in Devil’s Garden is a melody of muffled crunches beneath your feet and the soft wind whispering through sandstone structures. As you stand in the shadows of towering fins with their smooth textures of orange and red, you emerge to see a sparkling valley extending endlessly ahead of you.

With 8 arches to see and many more experiences to explore in this devilish garden of winding trails, here is everything you need to know about the Devil’s Garden hike in Arches National Park!

About Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a unique desert landscape that is home to over 2,000 arches in addition to other magnificent and unique rock formations.

How did the arches form?

The area of Arches National Park was once an inland sea. A salt bed was left behind which over time compressed into rock and pushed up on the landscape. As the salt deposits continue to dissolve and the rock is weathered by erosion, fins form. Wind and water continue to erode these fins, with pieces eventually breaking away. The remaining, eroded fins, become the beautiful arches admired today.

Location: Arches National Park, Moab Utah

Cost: $30/vehicle for a 7-day entrance pass to Arches National Park; National Parks Passes accepted

Timed Entry Reservation Required (April 1-October 31, 2023): $2 (nonrefundable). Book in advance! First come, first served, released 3 months in advance.

About Devil’s Garden Trail

Blooming Cacti and fins along the Primitive Trail in Devil's Garden at Arches National Park

Driving Time: Roughly 1 hour to the trailhead from downtown Moab. This hike begins where the paved road running through the park ends. Devil’s Garden is at the farthest end of the park from the entrance.

Parking: The parking area for Devil’s Garden is large and has many spots. This being said, during peak season and hours it could fill up. This should be helped by the timed entry system, though. We recommend getting an early start or hiking later in the day. This will also help with escaping some of that mid-day heat during warmer months!

Trailhead Amenities: Pit toilets are available

Devil’s Garden Hike Arches & Points of Interest

This will list the points of interest in the order you would come across them if hiking in a clockwise direction from the trailhead. Distances will be listed for each arch individually, but can be added together in order if you are interested in some arches, but not the whole trail.

Tunnel Arch

A small arch eroded into a thick sandstone wall. This will be the first arch you will come across after the trailhead using a short spur trail. Only a short distance further on this same spur trail you will come to Pine Tree Arch.

This was the first arch we stopped at and honestly, we were not sure at first that what we were observing was the arch. It is small. So we didn’t snap a picture. We did end up walking down a dead-end sand trail that had masked itself as leading to somewhere grand. A fun little fumble for the start of this hike. However, it made the rest of what we saw even more impressive and worthwhile!

The spur trail to this arch will be only about 0.2 miles from the trailhead.

Pine Tree Arch

Sand and vegetation beneath Pine Tree Arch in Devil's Garden at Arches National Park

A bit further on the same spur trail for Tunnel Arch, you will find Pine Tree arch nestled in the far corner. Play around in the deep sand under the arch and enjoy some great views.

About .5 miles roundtrip to do both Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch

Landscape Arch

A View of Landscape Arch at sunset from Devil Garden in Arches National Park

One of the longest natural arch spans in the world and the longest in Arches National Park. This arch lost large chunks of rock in the 90s and has been closed to hikers ever since. Even so, it is still impressive to view from afar! You can also view this impressive arch from above by doing some rock scrambling off the spur trail to Partition Arch. The hike from the trailhead to Landscape Arch and back is 1.9 miles roundtrip.

Woman standing on orange rocks with sweeping views above Landscape Arch at Arches National Park during sunset
View of Landscape Arch from above with the glow of a beautiful sunset illuminating the park’s landscape beyond

Partition Arch

A view through Partition Arch in a golden glow out to Arches National Park

Provides two stunning frames for the colorful fins in the distance of Arches National Park. Located on a spur trail after Landscape Arch.

2.8 miles roundtrip from the trailhead to this arch alone and back

Navajo Arch

Unique trees below Navajo Arch in Devils Garden at Arches National Park

This arch will sneak up on you! A really cool hidden arch, with interesting trees guarding the entrance. Also located on the spur trail past Landscape Arch where you can also bridge off to Partition Arch.

2.9 miles roundtrip to hike to just Navajo Arch and back

Black Arch Overlook

Male hiker sitting on rock formation along Devil Garden Trail looking down onto Black Arch in Arches National Park

Hidden in the shadows below this viewpoint’s cutout you will see Black Arch (sometimes called Black Cave Arch). Climb up on the rocks for a better vantage point, and enjoy the hike along a narrow ridge of a sandstone fin jutting out to the La Sal Mountains that leads you to this amazing overlook. Hiking clockwise you will encounter this about .5 miles before Double O Arch.

Double O Arch

Green vegetation around Double O Arch on the return from spur trail out to Dark Angel in the Devil's Garden at Arches National Park

This is the second-largest arch in Devil’s Garden! If you take some time to explore, you will notice the amazing difference in perspective when looking at these arches from the main trail versus observing them from the trail that returns from Dark Angel Viewpoint.

It is 4.1 miles roundtrip from the trailhead to these arches and back.

Dark Angel Viewpoint

Hiker standing below the towering rock spire at Dark Angel Viewpoint on Devil Garden Trail in Arches National Park

A massive 150ft tall sandstone spire watches over the rest of Devil’s Garden. Standing below will make you feel incredibly small and humbled. Looking out beyond will provide you with sweeping and stunning green views of Salt Valley. You might even spy a small road that cuts through the valley leading towards what appears to be a group of fins, much like the long and winding drive to a remote castle. Worth a few moments to soak it in.

4.7 miles roundtrip. This spur trail is the last stop before the primitive trail begins if you are doing the entire Devil’s Garden Loop.

Primitive Trail

Female hiker along sand path of the Primitive trail section of Devils Garden at Arches National Park

You can start the Primitive Trail from Double O Arch after the Spur Trail out to Dark Angel (if hiking clockwise), or at the intersection with Landscape Arch (if hiking counter-clockwise). This is the most difficult section of the Devil’s Garden loop as it requires route finding, and some rock scrambling, and includes uneven and steep terrain and sharp drop-offs.

We did not find this overly difficult to navigate. We also found this to be the easiest part of the route to find additional opportunities for solitude, challenge, and adventure which we really enjoyed. Arches National Park is busy and can have a rushed, get up, snap a picture, and move on, type of feeling. We loved the contrast of how the Primitive Trail feels, comparatively.

Distance: 2.1 miles, one way

The Primitive Trail has lots of sand, beautiful views, and lots of green vegetation. It also has opportunities to explore massive fins that may one day become arches themselves!

Man standing on a red fin on the Primitive Trail of Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Private Arch

Private Arch in Devil's Garden at Arches National Park in Utah

This thick arch is hidden away, making it a great place for a shaded reprieve.

Location: 0.42 miles from Double O Arch/Primitive Trail Junction and 1.68 miles from the junction of the Primitive Trail and Landscape Arch. 5.3 miles out and back from the Devil’s Garden Trailhead using the Primitive Trail. This is the last “point of interest” along the Primitive Trail before hooking back up with the Main Trail where you will find the rest of the arches.

Devil’s Garden Trail Details

The entrance into the Devil's Garden at Arches National Park is a winding trail through green vegetation that leads you towards a sea of orange fins and arches

Devil’s Garden trail in Arches National Park is a fully customizable experience depending on how much time you have and how far you would like to hike.

Here you will find a mix of primitive (more strenuous) and non-primitive (less- strenuous) trail options.

With 8 Arches and seemingly countless fins to explore, no matter how far you decide to go you will be in for a treat.

  • Distance: 7.9 mile loop (includes all 8 arches and all spur trails)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,085 feet
  • Estimated Duration: Roughly 3.5- 4.5hours (for the entire loop)

Devil’s Garden Trail Route Options

Option 1: Take a short paved trail to the right at beginning of the hike down to the short sand trails to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch (.5 miles). Turn back or continue on to Landscape Arch (roughly another .5 miles) and the rest of Devil’s Garden loop, or return

Option 2: Hike out to Landscape Arch (1 mile), return or head further out to Double O Arch (1 additional mile from Landscape Arch, 2 miles from the trailhead). From Double O Arch, you could add on the spur trails to Navajo Arch and Partition Arch before returning (located between Landscape Arch and Double O) or consider going out past Double O Arch to Dark Angel before turning back. This would allow you to see more of what Devil’s Garden has to offer without doing the primitive trail and leaving out Private Arch.

Take Primitive Trail to return from Double O Arch and Dark Angel (completing Devil’s Garden in a clockwise loop)

Option 3: Take the trail to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch and then connect to the Primitive Trail routing around and back to Landscape Arch, hiking the entire Devil’s Garden Loop in a counter-clockwise direction

We chose to hike counter-clockwise. The split for the loop happens at the intersection of the Primitive Trail and Landscape Arch. By exploring the Primitive Trail first, we were able to spend time climbing over rocks, ducking under dramatic overhangs, and peering over some scary ledges. This route leaves a majority of the arches and “main attractions” for the end of the hike and later in the day when the trail was less busy and the glow of the sunset was lighting the world on fire.

Hiking clockwise would be a great option if you want to hit many of the arches first (maybe even for sunrise) and leave the fun of the Primitive Trail for a less agenda-filled end to your exploration. In our opinion, you can’t really go wrong with which direction you go! We definitely saw fewer hikers on the primitive trail. If you know you prefer to either start or end your hike in only the sounds of nature, away from the buzz of excitement and potential crowds at the arches, this can be another helpful way to decide which way to travel. Or go with your gut in the moment! Sometimes less planning is part of the fun (this is what we did)!

Devil’s Garden Hike Know Before You Go

The primitive section of the trail is a fun way to get in touch with the uninhibited natural landscape. We did see a note that someone spotted a rattlesnake in this section so be on the lookout!

You can make portions of this trail an out and back if you want to avoid the deeper sand and rock scrambling on the primitive trail. (For example: hike to Landscape Arch, out to Navajo and Partition Arches, further out to Double O Arch and Dark Angel and then turn around and head back)

Several offshoots to arches and rock formations along this route can be tricky to spot. Download offline maps from AllTrails or be on the lookout – you won’t want to miss any!

The trail might appear crowded at first, but once you get farther out from the trailhead you will notice far fewer people

When to Hike Devil’s Garden

Season: Spring, Winter, Fall. This trail is open year-round and Summer is an option, just know it can get very hot! Be prepared with ample water, sunscreen, a hat, etc. for summer hiking in Arches National Park.

We were lucky enough to complete this hike after work during a visit in May. We had secured a 4pm-5pm Timed Entry ticket for a Wednesday and started the hike around 5, finishing up just as darkness was setting in. This treated us to a beautiful sunset and some amazing wildlife grazing on our way out! Bring a picnic and make a night of it, or swing by Gilibierto’s for some drive-through Mexican on the way back to Moab for the night. Nothing says a successful hike like some Mexican food!

As one of the longest and most picturesque hikes in the park, if you can make time for the Devil’s Garden Trail, we think you will find it worthwhile. 

Devil’s Garden Trail Map

Is the Devil’s Garden Hike Worth it?

The Devil’s Garden trail is a great option if you are looking for a longer, non-permitted hike in Arches National Park that will allow you to explore several arches and breathtaking rock formations. This unique adventure is one of the premier features of this park!

Completing the entire loop will allow you to venture away from the crowds and see a large cross-section of the park both up close on the trail and by gazing out at the vast landscape from various overlooks and viewpoints. The trail even includes some rock scrambling (on the Primitive Trail) and the opportunity to climb and venture off route a bit at times if you are feeling extra adventurous!

The Primitive Trail does include some steep climbing and sharp drop-offs in addition to deeper sand. If you are uncomfortable with uneven terrain and deep sand or are afraid of heights, you might consider sticking to the main trail and adapting the hike to meet your needs rather than completing the entire loop. You can have a great experience either way!

Devil’s Garden Hike Overall

View of La Sal Mountain Range from the Devils Garden in Arches National Park in Moab Utah
View of the La Sal Mountains from Devil’s Garden

One of the longer and more adventurous feeling hikes in Arches National Park, Devil’s Garden is a perfect way to spend a morning, a day, or an afternoon in the park. 

We would recommend this hike, along with the Fiery Furnace if you can secure a permit and Delicate Arch, as great ways to feel immersed in the experiences Arches National Park offers, even if it means missing some of the “more popular” destinations.

While you are exploring Devil’s Garden, climb up to view the precariously balanced Landscape Arch from above, run out on a ledge that seems to jet out into the La Sal Mountains, peer out into the Salt Valley, and let your imagination run wild, and watch the dance of the sun bleeding into the horizon.

We highly recommend taking advantage of the amazing photo opportunities along this trail, hanging around for the red glow of a dramatic sunset, or exploring on your own via off-route rock scrambling.


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