Diamond Arch

Round Trip Distance: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 5122 - 5144 feet
Cellphone: 0-2 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Devil's Garden Picnic Area
Fee: $15 individual - $30/vehicle
Attractions: Scenic arch

Diamond Arch is located in the Devil's Garden Area of Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The scenic arch can be glimpsed from the roadway a few hundred feet away but to truly appreciated it one needs to take a short walk.

To get started find your way to the Devil's Garden area. Just past the spot where the road begins its one-way loop there is a picnic area on the right.

Between two of the picnic ramadas there is a primitive trail that takes off on the right.

There isn't an official trail to follow so pick one of the well traveled routes that heads in the direction of the cluster of sandstone fins that are back along the road. If you were able to catch a glimpse of the arch as you were driving in then you should have a good idea of where you are headed.

Diamond Arch is in the lower end of one of the fins and can be viewed from both sides.

From the west side it is possible to scramble up the slickrock to get a closer look at the arch. Remember that in Arches National Park it isn't allowed to climb on top of any of the arches.

There is a short slot between two fins on the east side of the arch.

The arch is much higher overhead looking at it from the east side making the view of it quite a bit different.

There are 2 picnic areas that are right next to each other just before reaching the campground. They are both nestled within the fins where the surroundings are ideally suited for the purpose.

Parking at the picnic areas is reserved solely for picnickers. If you don't plan on having a picnic while you are there and you still want to see the arch then you will have to park further away. For those that have stopped for a picnic a stroll over to Diamond Arch is a nice extra something to do while you are at it. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.