- Bring lots of water! I would say, at the very least, 2-3 water bottles per person (or a Camelbac if you have one of those). I also brought along a Vitamin Water to replenish electrolytes.
- Pack a lunch or snacks! There are some great areas to sit down and picnic along the trail (no tables though). Just make sure to pick up all your trash! LEAVE NO TRACE! I brought some ClifBars and pepper jack crackers.
- Wear sturdy shoes with good tread. Please do not attempt this trail in your flippy floppys. Bring a good pair of tennis shoes or hiking boots.
- Have fun and bring a camera! There are so many incredible views on this trail and it takes you to a lot of sites that might have been smaller hikes had they been done separately.
- Stay with the marked path! The primitive trail can be a little confusing sometimes because there may not be a clear path. However, the park rangers have placed piles of rocks, called cairns, to help guide you. Do not make or alter these!
After a long day of hiking, we camped at the Devil’s Garden Campsite, located inside Arches National Park. It was affordable at only $20/night. There is no general store and you are not allowed to gather wood so make sure to bring your own charcoal or logs so you can build a fire. Each campsite came equipped with a picnic table and fire pit. There was a public restroom but no showers available so keep that in mind if you’re going the primitive camping route.
Besides the Devil’s Garden hike, there were lots of other shorter hikes that were rewarding, too:
- Double Arches – this one is a super easy walk and definitely a must see!
- Delicate Arch – this is the arch featured on Utah’s license plates.
- Landscape Arch – this is one of the longest natural arches in the world!