Devils Den

Marathon, Texas

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Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century humans had an irritating penchant for attributing a host of wonderful but rugged and remote places to the denizens of hell. Devils Den is definitely one of those places. This beautifully eroded limestone slot canyon is home to a selection of interesting desert dwellers, but unless your hiking partner has a tendency to turn ornery on you, demons aren’t on the list. While Devils Den may appear from a distance like a hellacious chasm of biblical proportions, it is, in reality, a place of peaceful quietude and heavenly shade.

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"Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century humans had an irritating penchant for attributing a host of wonderful but rugged and remote places to the denizens of hell. Devils Den is definitely one of those places.

This beautifully eroded limestone slot canyon is home to a selection of interesting desert dwellers, but unless your hiking partner has a tendency to turn ornery on you, demons aren’t on the list. While Devils Den may appear from a distance like a hellacious chasm of biblical proportions, it is, in reality, a place of peaceful quietude and heavenly shade."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,550 feet
Top Elevation: 3,050 feet
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Local Maps: USGS Bone Spring, Dagger Flat
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils Den

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May 2018