Devils Garden Primitive Loop


Jan 17, 2012
Saturday, February 21, 2015

This weekend Diane and I went on another day trip to Arches National Park so we could hike the Devils Garden Primitive Loop. It has been a number of years since I last hiked the loop so I was looking forward to getting back, and this would be Diane's first time hiking beyond Landscape Arch. We left bright and early on Saturday morning and made it to the Devils Garden trailhead shortly after the sun had come up. Good thing we weren't planning on photographing the sunrise this morning since it was still pretty overcast when we started the hike.

As we neared Landscape Arch we started seeing a few openings in the clouds.

Clearing Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A quick photo of Landscape Arch as we passed by to continue on the loop.

Landscape Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We stopped to take in the view from Partition Arch.

Partition Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then made another nearby stop at Navajo Arch.

Navajo Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The sky continued to clear out as we made our way across the narrow fin at the head of Fin Canyon.

Finland by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Finally we got a little sunlight through the clouds onto the fins around us.

Light Up the Fins by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Things were looking pretty good when we reached Double O Arch.

Double O Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Sunlight on the fins, storm over the Book Cliffs in the distance.

Book Cliffs View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We stopped to visit a few petroglyphs but the light was terrible at this time so I didn't take many photos. If you would like to see better photos of these petroglyphs, check out my trip report from March of 2011.

Anthropomorph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Holding Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Horns by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We found a few joints in the sandstone to explore.

Exploring Joints by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Before returning to the loop trail we stopped by Dark Angel.

Dark Angel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Diane along the trail shortly after leaving Double O Arch for the second time.

On the Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Surprisingly, I had never taken the time to visit Private Arch before, so I made sure to rectify that today.

Private Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Leaving Private Arch.

Leaving Private Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Great scenery along the rest of the trail as you hike among the fins.

In the Fins by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Fin Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Fin & Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After a stop at Pasta Jay's for lunch in Moab we drove back home along the Colorado River. It was a nice way to spend the morning.

Colorado River by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Devils Garden Primitive Loop Photo Gallery
The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO


The mountains are calling and I must go
Mar 31, 2013
Love the shot of the river - It actually looks blue!:)

Tater Head

Hoo are you looking at?
Jan 29, 2014
Great pictures!!! I can't wait to see this first Hand. I'm planning on doing the loop in a couple of weeks with my family. I was wondering if I would be able to take my girls all the way around the primitive loop or if up and back would be better? Just for reference they have made it through Little Wild Horse/Bell canyons and most recent Horseshoe Canyon all the way to the gallery. How does it compare?

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