Explore Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Tom’s experience hiking the Devils Garden Trail:

Devils Garden in Arches National Park has the most arches per mile hiked than anywhere in the world.
Hiking Arches National Park

 

The Devils Garden Trail competes with the Delicate Arch trail as the most popular trail in Arches National Park.

Hiking Devils Garden

The trail is very well maintained for the first mile or so until you reach Landscape Arch (one of the largest natural bridges in the world). After that, it is less maintained and you will be walking through a lot of sand and across narrow sandstone cliffs.

Devils Garden Arches

The total distance of the loop hike is 7.2 miles if you take every spur trail to each arch. There is some elevation changes throughout the hike but nothing too bad.

Devils Garden Landscape Arch

Along this trail you will see Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Wall Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Black Arch, Double O Arch, Dark Angel monolith, Private arch and a trip through Fin Canyon.

Arches National Park

There are also other unmarked arches and rock formations along the way that you can find if you are observant.

Devils Garden Arches NP

The trail has very minor scrambling but nothing very difficult. It is also very well marked and should be easy to follow.  Of all the arches I think Wall Arch was my favorite.

Arches Devils Garden

Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Climbing on arches is also not allowed. There are about 300 parking spaces in the Devils Garden Trailhead parking. If you arrive after about 9:30 there is a good chance the parking lot will be full and you will have a hard time finding a spot. There are outhouses and a drinking fountain at the trailhead.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: Follow the main road in Arches National Park all the way to the end to the Devils Garden Trailhead. The road is well marked and it is easy to find.

GPS:

Devils Garden Trailhead:     38.782905, -109.594944

Landscape Arch:     38.790589, -109.607168

Double O Arch:     38.799298, -109.621003

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Check out the hidden Gordon Creek Waterfalls

Tom’s experience hiking to the Gordon Creek Waterfalls:

The Gordon Creek Waterfalls are a very popular destination among locals in Price and Helper, Utah. However, few, outside of the locals, know of its existence.
Gordon Creek Waterfall Trailhead

The Gordon Creek Waterfalls are more popular for an ATV or dirt bike adventure but you can also reach them by hiking or using a four wheel drive vehicle. I am glad we didn’t try taking our car because there are a few really difficult parts. Horses are also popular along the trail.

Hiking Gordon Creek Waterfalls

Gordon Creek Waterfalls are located in a flash flood area so be careful if it has recently or will be raining. The trail has a few pine trees along it but they aren’t really tall enough to give you shade so wear sunscreen. You also cross over a stream once. Bring plenty of water, when we were there the water was filthy and I would not want to filter it.

Gordon Creek Waterfall Trail

The lower Gordon Creek Waterfall is located about a mile from the turnoff, which is where we parked our car. You can look over a nice little view point and then hike down to play in the waterfall. Be careful near the creek. The water moves pretty quickly and the rocks surrounding the waterfall are covered in dirt and mud making it very slick. When we went, there were two different groups playing in the falls but the water was so cold I was not interested.

Gordon Creek Waterfall

If you continue to follow the ATV trail for 1.8 miles further you will reach an old abandoned log cabin used by a miner. There is also an upper falls that I didn’t think was as impressive as the lower falls. However, in the valley of the upper waterfall we saw wildlife including: a mother Elk with her two young calves and a few beavers which were neat.

Trail to Gordon Creek Waterfall

The trail is fairly flat for most of the way and roundtrip to both waterfalls and the cabin is 5.6 miles. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

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Trail Info: Drive about 3 miles south of Helper, Utah on highway 191. Turn right onto Consumers Road. Reset your odometer and all directions will be from the turnoff of 191. Drive 2.7 miles and turn left onto a dirt road. At this point there should be some large mining equipment on your right. At 4.3 miles you should be parallel with the railroad which will be on your right. At 5.2 miles you will cross the railroad track and continue down the road to the left parallel to the tracks which will now be on the left. At 6 miles look for the wooden Gordon Creek Trail sign on the right. Park near the sign if you plan on hiking.

GPS:

Gordon Creek Waterfalls Trailhead:    39.621341, -110.953891

Lower Gordon Creek Waterfall:     39.620113,-110.966514

Upper Gordon Creek Waterfall:     39.620023, -110.984187

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