There are two options for getting to the Devil's Garden Trailhead; drive to the parking lot just in front of the area; or park at the Campground and walk the short desert trail (about 1 and 1/2 miles) to the parking lot area. While Roy drove to the parking lot and waited for me, I got out at the campground area and walked the desert trail. If you want a true appreciation of the desert, I highly recommend doing this; you get enthralled by the sight of it, the calming atmosphere, and even though I was carrying water with me, I kept forgetting to drink it...like I said, enthralled. At the trailhead entrance I watered up, got a fresh bottle out of the cooler and into the garden of the unholy one we went.
Oh my, I almost forgot to tell you about Skyline Arch which is located before you reach the Devil's Garden campground area. Funny thing was, while doing my research about Devil's Garden, I saw Skyline mentioned, but didn't remember seeing it. However, going through my photos, well what do you know, I had one of it.
Devil's Garden is a maze of sandstone fins and walls, corridors you can barely squeeze through, others that come together at a dead end. Here and there in this garden, the limbs of lifeless trees twist into bizarre forms; yet plant life sprouts up from the sand and in between boulders. After the corridors, the trail suddenly opens up and you can see the vastness of the entire area; but you'll still get a neck ache from trying to see to the tops of those fins.
|Devil's Garden Trail|
|Pine Tree Arch|
Tunnel Arch is aptly named, and there seems to be a smaller version of it just off to the left; think of them as two slides, one for the adult giants and the smaller for their children.
If you're brave enough, you're starting off on the primitive trail; not only weren't we brave enough the day we were there, but we were very tired from doing the Delicate Arch walk. Just another excuse to come back again; heck, I've only been to Arches National Park twelve times, why not a baker's dozen?
The paved road into Arches is the road you'll be taking out; as you leave Devil's Garden you'll come to a point where you can look into the distance and see the Windows Area, including Balanced Rock.
At this time, there are delays on the road in the Devil's Garden area due to construction. I see it this way, it's very much worth the wait, and just another excuse to pack a picnic meal. Think Positive!!!
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