Do you love arches, hiking and exploring? Then Double O Arch in Moab is where you want to go. It’s a great place to spend a day and find the many arches on this trail. Get your camera ready!
Double O Arch
Facts To Remember
Distance: 4.2 miles round trip / approx 3-4 hours
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Starting Elevation: 5,150 feet
When To Hike: Year Round
Permits: Park Fee Required
Pets Allowed: Yes in park but not on hikes
Starting Location: Devils Garden Trailhead Parking Area (northern end of Arches National Park)
Time of Year: June, 2020
Parking and Getting There
The Devils Garden Trailhead parking area is in the northern most area of Arches National Park, Moab. It’s a large parking area but during peak/busy times, likely fills fast. Double O Arch is just one of many great arches in this area so expect crowds.
Beginning of the Trail
The entire hike is fantastic. On your way to Double O Arch, you will pass the famous Landscape Arch which is worth a visit. You also have the option to take short side trails to Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Tunnel Arch and others. Personally I love Navajo Arch. It’s a great arch overlooking the area and gets much less traffic.
Remember you are hiking in an area with little shade. As the upcoming sign reads, heat kills so dress appropriately and bring water and snacks.
Nearly a mile into the hike and you reach Landscape Arch. This is one of the world’s stone arches spanning 306 feet and and only 11 feet thick in the center. In 1991, a huge 60 foot section of rock on the underside of the arch collapsed leaving a pile of rock at the bottom. See it while you can!
It’s an impressive arch and worth a visit.
Main Trail (Left) to Double O Arch
Heading left at this sign will take you on the main trail to Double O Arch. It takes you up a narrow fin with many drop offs. Be careful as you work your way up this especially if wet.
Heading right at this sign will take you to the longer and more difficult primitive trail to Double O Arch. We’ve never done this but will someday. We’ve heard there are other hidden arches on this trail. Also heard it’s harder to navigate.
Narrow Climb Up Fin to Top
We have a 360 video going down this fin at the bottom of this blog. Watch it and you can look around as if you are there to see what it’s like.
Hike Opens to Amazing Views
This section of the hike is very wide open. The views go on forever and the scenery is perfect. Red rocks, green trees and rock fins. Beautiful.
Arrived at Double O Arch
The area around Double O Arch is very sandy and very picturesque. The bottom two photos are easier to see the two arches. The smaller arch on the bottom and of course the larger above.
Dark Angel Pillar
Dark Angel is a pillar of dark sandstone rising 150 feet above the surrounding desert. It’s a short hike further to get to it.
I can’t say this enough but the Devils Garden area is loaded with sights. You really should spend the day or multiple days here.
Behind Double O Arch
You can climb thru the opening of the larger arch and get to the other side. The views back here are really nice with views of Dark Angel in the distance.
Top of the Arch
You can get to the top of the arch but it’s definitely trickier and requires you to be very careful.
Leaving the Arch
Time to head back to the parking area. Still so much scenery.
360 Fun Shots
360 Video Going Down a Fin
Here’s a video of going down the fin that we had to go up after passing the Landscape Arch. You can look around anywhere you want. 🙂
This is a great hike with so many arches and sights. Highly recommended! So many places to relax, enjoy the breeze and just explore. If you have time check out the side arches like Navajo Arch and Pine Tree Arch.
Each time we visit Arches National Park in Moab, the Devil’s Garden/Double O Arch and Delicate Arch are always on our list.