Devils Garden Primitive Loop Arches National Park

Moab, Utah 84532

Devils Garden Primitive Loop Arches National Park

Devils Garden Primitive Loop: Arches National Park Professional Guide

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"The longest, most difficult hike in Arches National Park. If you take the Primitive Loop Trail and all short spur trails to nearby arches and other features, this becomes the longest maintained trail in Arches National Park. It’s also one of the most spectacular hikes you can take in any national park.

You can hike the entire loop in 3 to 4 hours, but you could—and probably should—spend an entire day checking out the area and relaxing along the way. In any case, carry extra water. Also, you might want to get up early to start this hike to beat the heat—and to have a better shot at finding a parking spot in the large but often packed parking area."

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50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Greg Witt
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"With so many prominent arches along the route, it’s no surprise that Devils Garden is one of the most heavily used trail networks in the park. But all this attention is very much deserved, so don’t let the crowds keep you away. You’ll be rewarded with not only nine headliner arches but also a trail that courses its way between immense fins. The trail then ascends those fins to offer some of the best panoramic views in the park." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"Devils Garden in Arches is a tantalizing slickrock playground that beautifully showcases the main reason Arches is a national park, because here you will find the enormous profusion of natural arches that brings millions of footsteps every year." Read more

Devils Garden Primitive Loop: Arches National Park Reviews

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5/19/2010
This is a beautiful hike through arches. We started at about 7:30AM and didn't see anyone on the primitive trail until Double O arch. You're gonna have company (lots) from Double O back to the parking lot. There's one traicky part where you have to scramble up if you're going counterclockwise. Trust the cairns and you won't have the problems we did. If you get there early, I'd go clockwise and you might get double O and the top of the fin all to yourself. Really cool trail!
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4/15/2008
Lots of arches of varying shapes and sizes, and terrific views at every turn. This is a must for any moderately fit person visiting Arches. The trail signs warn people with a fear of heights to think twice, but, though heights can make me very nervous indeed, I had no difficulties with this trail at all.
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5/13/2007
This is one of my favorite hikes in the Moab area, and in my opinion, the best way to really experience Arches NP. The primitive loop requires a bit of scrambling, which makes it a little more interesting and weeds out some of the crowds. I recommend the extra spur up to Private Arch. It's not the most spectacular arch, but I like it.
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5/19/2006
This trail is spectacular and has some really great views. Easily done in a day and it's best if you start around 6 or 7 a.m. to avoid some of the crowd and the heat. Arches has over 3,000 people visit this park everyday, 365 days / year. The beginning is easy and gradually becomes more difficult for inexperienced hikers. Follow the loop to Double-O Arch, maybe rest there, and then head back to the trailhead/parking lot.
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7/5/2004
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10/20/2003
This is a great little day hike. Anyone in good shape can make this hike including the primitive loop. The scenery is fascinating, with a lot of variety. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as well. We saw lots of deer tracks but none with the deer still in them. We did see a coyote slinking off through the sage. A great variety of arches, towers, walls, and other features. A lot of scenery packed into 7 miles.
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6/4/2003
This was easily the best hike I've ever taken, although that may be due to the fact that it was the first long hike I've taken in redrock country. The first mile is on a wide, well-groomed gravel path, turning to deep sand right beneath Landscape Arch. From here it gets fun. Heading clockwise towards Double O Arch, the trail squeezes through narrow canyons, climbs bulging sandstone hills, and even climbs up and along the back of a narrow rock fin, providing spectacular 360-degree views (watch for a step carved into the rock at waist-level; going this direction it's about the only thing that lets you know where the trail goes). Just past the rock fin you'll catch your first glimpse of Double O Arch. We were pressed for time, so didn't take the spur trail to Dark Angel, instead continuing along the now primitive trail. Take care to watch out for cairns, as it would be rather easy to lose the trail without realizing it through here. The spur out to Private Arch was a great highlight, tons of neat stuff all around (not to mention a great view of the spires with the LaSal Mtns in the background). Back on the primitive trail, it gets a bit hairy for a bit. I wouldn't want to be out here in the rain, but when dry the rock is super-grippy, making all these steep climbs a breeze. Soon the trail moves into a wash, then heads gradually uphill towards Landscape Arch. There's not a lot of shade along this route so enjoy it when you find it! We saw only 2 other hikers while on the primitive trail, probably thanks to the fact that we started around 3pm. If you've got kids with you, or if you're afraid of heights, I would recommend turning around after Landscape Arch. If you're looking for adventure, and you've got the energy, do the whole loop. It is far and away the most fun I've ever had while hiking, not to mention incredibly scenic every step of the way.
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6/10/2002
This is one of the most beautiful trails that I''ve ever been on. Assuming that you''ve read the other reviews, here are some tips - to avoid the crowds you can start late in the afternoon (plan to get out by sunset), and go counterclockwise. This way you will save the best arches and the best views for last (most of the arches are on the left section of the loop), when the sun is setting and the shadows make everything even more dramatic, and you will stop seeing people halfway through the trail as most would have passed you on their way out. Feeling like you''re the only one there really addss to the experience. And on the way back you can see all the non-hiking old couples of all nationalities come out to see the sunset holding hands under the first arch.
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Trail Information

Moab
Nearby City
7.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
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