Friday, 7 March 2014

The Devil's Garden

Back in Moab we decided to check out Arches National Park. We drove the scenic road, stopping at a few of the view points along the way, and then hiked the 12 km Devil's Garden Trail. Most people don't do the whole loop but we would highly recommend it!
Balanced Rock in the sun.
(Total height 128 ft or 39 m; boulder height 55 ft or 17 m; boulder weight 3,500 tons)
Double Arch
"Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, and the longest national arch in the world according to the Natural Arch and Bridge Society. It is 290 ft at its longest section. More recently, several chunks have fallen from it, and the trail leading below it has since been closed for safety reasons, but you can still get fairly close from the designated viewing area." (From

Landscape Arch - about the length of a football field.
Lunch with a view. 
Rows and rows of rock!
Double O
The first part of the Devil's Garden Trail is along a well established path. The second part, which comes with many dire warnings, is a "primitive trail" and involves a bit of hands-on scrambling and trying to follow cairns through a maze of rock formations. Lots of fun and great views!
More rows of rocks and a maze to get out of.

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