Check out the beautiful hidden Elephant Arch

Tom’s experience hiking to Elephant Arch:

Elephant Arch is a neat arch, found in the desert outside of St. George. Getting to the trailhead requires driving along a dirt road but it really isn’t that bad as long as the road is dry.
Elephant Arch Trailhead

The trail is through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and is about 3.8 miles round trip. The first part of the trail follows a dirt road and is fairly level.

St George Elephant Arch

You will drop down into a wash and the wash is very sandy and difficult to walk through. Near the end you will exit the wash to the right and follow a trail up to Elephant Arch.

Elephant Arch Hike

When you first reach the arch it really doesn’t look like anything too special but if you hike up and around to the backside of the arch it really does look like an elephant and it is pretty cool. Dogs and horses are allowed on this trail.

Elephant Arch St George

If you go in the late spring, summer or early fall you will want to get an early start because this trail can get very hot. There is no water along the trail.

Hiking to Elephant Arch

The trail is pretty well marked along the way.

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Trail Info: From St. George, head north on I 15 for about 9 miles and take exit 10 to Washington. Turn left onto Green Springs Drive and head under I 15 and then take a right onto Buena Vista Road. After a fire station, turn left onto Main Street. This road will eventually turn into a dirt road. Follow that dirt road straight until you reach a fence and cannot go further. This is the parking area. The trail starts on the other side of the fence.

GPS:

Elephant Arch Trailhead: 37.161655,-113.512913

Elephant Arch: 37.177348, -113.494111

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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.

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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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