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3 mile RT. Easy. Access: Balanced Rock parking area, on east side of main park road. This short, easy walk is perfect for visitors who want to get out and stretch their legs and incidentally get a great close-up view of the huge and precariously perched Balanced Rock. The loop takes you around the formation. 16-mile round-trip trail is wheelchair accessible. 2 mile RT. Easy. Access: End of Devils Garden Campground. This easy hike, with little elevation change, traverses sand dunes and slickrock to the arch.
Now you’ve reached another junction. The left spur leads to the Dark Angel, a dark sandstone spire reaching toward the heavens from the desert floor. The right spur takes you on to the primitive loop, a difficult trip through a dramatic desert environment with some drop-offs and narrow ledges. Along this part of the trail is just one major arch, Private Arch, on a short spur to the right. You’ll have the primitive loop almost to yourself—most people turn back at Double O Arch rather than tackle this more difficult trail.
When you get back on the main trail, watch for collared lizards, bright-green, foot-long creatures with stripes of yellow or rust and black collars. Feeding mostly in the daytime, they particularly enjoy insects and other lizards, and can stand and run on their large hind feet in pursuit of prey. Continuing along the trail, watch for Frame Arch, off to the right. Its main claim to fame is that numerous photographers have used it to “frame” a photo of Delicate Arch in the distance. Just past Frame Arch, the trail gets a little weird, having been blasted out from the cliff.