Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
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  • DontStopExploring
    Winnipeg, Canada1,227 contributions
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    Challenging
    This hike was definitely challenging only because of the heat and that there was no shade on the trail. While Arches National Park has more than 2,000 stone arches, Delicate Arch stands out as a symbol of the state of Utah and one of the most recognized geological features in the world. The arch, which features an opening 46’ high and 32’ wide, is the largest freestanding arch in the park. We got to the trailhead around 8:30 and found one of the last remaining spots in the lot. It was already 28 degrees. After we changed shoes, slathered on sunscreen, got the pack and poles adjusted and ready, we headed out. The first part of the trail has some up and downs on a sand based trail. With the sun beating down with no shade, it got difficult pretty quick. At about 1/4 of the way up, we had to climb up a very steep slick rock trail. The poles came in handy for me here. Lots of people were already on their way down who probably started the trail at 7am. At the top of the slick rock there was some scrambling and more gentler up and down until we came to the ledge. This is a 4’ wide exposed ledge about 200’ long. Once we came around the corner near the end, we saw the delicate arch and we were at the end of the trail. There was a long line of people wanting their picture taken underneath the arch, but we just stopped for a breather and headed back down. If people are afraid of heights, you can stay as close to the rock wall as possible and don't look down. The ledge is wide enough for people to walk it in both directions at the same time. This is a must-see and do hike.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Richard N
    Stroud, United Kingdom448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth It!
    Everyone knows it don't they, but it's so incredibly special to round the final corner and see the Arch in all its glory. And of course you've just had a tough one hour plus uphill hike to get there so you're entitled to be pleased with yourself and what you've come to see. Absolutely! The hike up on a hot day is quite demanding with few shady areas. Go prepared - water, hat, sunscreen etc. We saw people going up their in flip flops...! Have a positive mindset and determination to get there. But go at your own speed. We're average fit and it took us over an hour with breathers along the way. I certainly don't think it's dangerous, and the fear of heights thing, for me, is absolute nonsense. At no point are any of the trails so narrow that you worry for your life. Be aware when you do get to the magnificent viewpoint there might be a semi-orderly queue for the ultimate photo shot. Be also aware that some families abuse this privilege massively by having every combination of their entire family up for endless photo opportunities which does test the patience somewhat of those quietly waiting for their turn.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Charlyn73
    Missouri City, Texas134 contributions
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    Amazing hike and the view of the arch was well worth the effort!
    Amazing experience! This is not an easy hike, so come prepared to hike across slick rock and sandy washes. We purposely came in November for the cooler weather and smaller crowds and were not disappointed. We arrived at the trailhead around 7:30 in the morning and there were only a few cars there. While we passed some hikers heading back, we felt like we had the trail practically to ourselves! It was a cool 28 degrees when we started so we layered up, but warmed up quickly as we began to climb. There were a few small groups of people at the arch itself taking in the view and taking pictures, but again lots of room to enjoy your time there. The last part of the slick rock leading up to the arch is kind of a steep slope so not everyone may be willing to walk all the way under the arch, but it was amazing to spend some time quietly sitting up on the nearby boulders and just taking in the view. Well worth the climb!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Timothy Y
    Redwood City, California2,168 contributions
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    Favorite Arch in the Park!
    My favorite arch in the entire park. I did the Devil’s Garden trail last time and saw the arches there. This one was easier difficulty wise. A couple of areas though that would be scary for those scared of heights. Got there around 9am on a Thursday and lot was 40% full. All lots were completely full by the time we finished. This is a hike I would do more than once. 3.2 miles round trip. Walk the extra .1 miles off on the side to see the petroglyphs!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • SLPmom
    Oxnard, California505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive, Iconic Sight!
    Step by step I took this hike. It was intense, but so worth it. We went at the end of the day - got to the trail at 545 PM and finished by 730 PM. I was too afraid to go right under the arch, but wow I was so happy with the pics I got.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Pauls_Travel_Tips
    120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early Morning Review for Pictures
    I left the parking lot in the dark. The trail isn't too bad, but it is easy to lose your way a bit that early, though the correct direction seemed logical. I was glad to have my GPS to confirm exactly where the trail was supposed to be, 15 yards or so over. At the top, just before delicate arch, you have to go to the left of what's best described as a short butte. A couple of ladies crab walked to Delicate by going to the right of it, risking falling down a steep hill. The National Park service does not build trails that risky. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend going that early. It takes forever for the sun to hit the arch. Everything else is lit up behind the arch for at least an hour after sunrise (April), except Delicate Arch. The plus side is getting a picture of yourself under the arch without a problem.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Pasctr65
    Greenville, South Carolina23 contributions
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    Wonderful hike wonderful view
    My husband and I did the trail to Delicate Arch. It is a great trail that is varied in what you hike. You start on a path and soon come to walking over slickrock and eventually on a ledge about four feet wide before turning the corner to gaze upon Delicate Arch. If you want to get a little closer you climb over some large rocks. Three miles round trip but with elevation gain.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2024
  • Rich J
    Naples, Florida397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Second Time. A Beautiful Sight with snow capped mountains Beyond
    My wife and I did the trail walk up to Delicate Arch. There’s a 500+ elevation gain going up. The only part that made my wife nervous was the ledge near the top. But if you keep your head down and focus it shouldn’t be a problem. After that all of a sudden the arch comes into view. A beautiful sight. They say the round trip is about 3 miles. It was a nice temperature May Day. But we were a bit out of breath at the top. We gave ourselves plenty of time so we would be back at the parking lot before dark. It’s a challenge you will never forget.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
  • K B
    Lafayette, California483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely iconic arch
    This iconic arch is really beautiful. The sandstone is lovely red and all alone standing by itself is quite unusual. We went to the viewpoints rather than take the hike as my husband has knee and ankle problems. Good place to take pictures although I'm sure it would have been more awesome if we had hiked up to it.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2024
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Simon J.
Luxembourg347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Arches NP is next to Zion the park in the USA that impressed me the most. When there you just have to hike to world famous delicate arch! The arch you see on so many travel agency's ads, in movies or instagram posts.

At first I advice everyone to do the hike to the arch, when I was there in August in was as expected in a desert pretty hot. Bring a backpack with some water, and a camera ;) The trail goes some uphill so if you're not used to it your legs might hurt. But since you'll encounter lots of people doing the hike it might encourage you to continue haha.
Arriving at the arch you can sit on the rock and enjoy the scenic view and take pics. When I was there I had to wait a bit to get a pic of the arch without having a tourist walk in the image for a close selfie with the arch. But definitely worth a visit.

I will for sure come back and spend the night there on the camping, the special rock formations have a special charme with the milky way behind it. And is perfect for night photography
I was there in 2014
Written 15 May 2020
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iowarhino13
Saint Paul, MN346 contributions
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June 2020
Worth every second of the hike! Its just over 3 miles round trip to get from parking lot to Delicate Arch. We did it in late June (its HOT) with 3 adults and 5 kids (ages 11 - 4). It is strenuous in parts and there is safety issues for small kids so just be alert (no guardrails or safety railings). We did the short viewpoint trail at night for sunset, then did the trail that takes you all the way to the top the next morning. Both were fantastic!
Written 3 August 2020
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MegClouse
Boothbay, ME13 contributions
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Sept 2020
This was our very first trip to Moab and Arches National Park is absolutely stunning and worth every minute! Here are some important tips:
1. We drove into the park at sunrise and followed the caravan of cars up the mountain to the Delicate Arch parking lot. By 7:30am the parking lot was full and the ranger told us to enter the lot because he was going to close the lot immediately after us. Recommend to arrive early! Many people go to the arch for sunrise and were leaving the parking lot when we arrived so I'm not clear why the ranger closed the lot. We hiked for about 1.5 hours and when we returned the lot had a lot of parking spaces open.
2. When we finally drove all the way down back to the park entrance, the PARK WAS CLOSED (about 10:30am) and rangers were telling people to return in 3 hours. Very confused why because the park seemed quiet. Maybe because of Covid, maybe because they try to keep the park from being overwhelmed with cars. Anyway, recommend doing the park at sunrise or possibly sunset.
No matter what, it's worth every penny to enter the park! It's for everyone! If you want a strenuous hike or if someone is in a wheelchair - there are sites and trails for everyone.
Written 23 September 2020
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LoveNewExperiences
Bartlesville, OK1,107 contributions
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Oct 2020 • Couples
Me and my husband are in our late 50’s and not avid hikers but in decent shape. We were told by multiple people that we MUST hike up to Delicate Arch. I was a bit nervous since it is classified as a difficult hike but we decided to go for it and so glad we did. The hike is pretty steep in a few places but on solid ground so I felt safe. The views are spectacular. I would highly recommend going early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat. Be sure to bring a hat and water. We arrived at the parking area at the base at 6:30 a.m. It was still dark so we waited about 15 minutes until there was enough light to see and started up. There were several people ahead of us that had already started up wearing headlamps and in restrospect I wish we had done the same since it took us about 45 minutes to make it to the top. We stayed on top for about an hour and started back down and it was amazing how many people were hiking up (it was MUCH more crowded). We enjoyed the hike back down since it was lighter and we could see some things we missed on the way up, including 4 mule deer! We stayed another couple of hours within the park and then left to find the gates were closed because the park was full. Therefore, be sure to arrive early, preferably before 9 am.
Written 22 October 2020
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LP
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July 2021 • Family
The Delicate Arch is Incredible. The hike is not easy as expected and a proper footwear and GPS or navigation would help a lot. We lost at night without a GPS and would recommend to hike only during daytime if you’re not the adventurous type of not worrying about getting lost. During summers it’s very hot and plan to hike for an hour with water before sunset for incredible views.
Written 11 July 2021
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN3,750 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Family
Our family chose to hike to Delicate Arch later in the day to capture good pictures of the setting sun on the parks iconic arch. We arrived around 4:30 pm on a Sunday and there were still plenty of spots in the parking lot. On the way to the arch we walked over to view the petroglyphs which adds very little time to the hike. A good thing about the hike is that you can see most of the trail. It is a long gradual uphill trek with a large portion taking place on rock. There is no shade so it can certainly get hot. It took us about 45 minutes to get there but seeing Delicate Arch was certainly worth it. Don’t expect to be the only one there as there was a constant line of people in front of the arch to have their pictures taken. Many people stuck around the bowl area to see the sun set. This made the weather much more comfortable. We chose to return shortly after the sun set and the walk back is much easier since it’s almost entirely downhill. Although it wasn’t always easy we enjoyed this hike and are thankful we did it.
Written 11 November 2022
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Lisamb1
Saint Paul, MN344 contributions
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Oct 2020 • Couples
I absolutely loved this hike and the delicate arch. It was moderately challenging, but, so so worth it!! Only 1.5 miles and yes, you hike up slick rock, but of dry, it’s really not slippery and just so cool to hike up the rock face. I’m afraid of heights and was not afraid on this hike. There is one area you hike along a cliff area but it was wide enough and was ok! And, the end, you round a corner and see this most amazing thing!! We went on a Wednesday afternoon in early October. It was hot, so take a lot of water and sunscreen. But, we were able to walk under the arch without a big line of people and I suspect it was busy this October because of the pandemic. But, if you wonder if you should do this, the answer is yes
Written 3 November 2020
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,348 contributions
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Aug 2020
Hiked out to Delicate Arch for sunset and it was amazing. The setting is spectacular and well worth the effort of getting there. Left about 2 hours before sunset. Plenty of parking still available on a Sunday evening at the end of August. The hike is indeed quite strenuous and took a little over an hour. Stiff uphill climb much of it over slick rock. Walking along ledge at the end of hike wasn't too bad. Bring lots of water! Even at this hour it was over 90 degrees F and absolutely no shade the entire way. Able to get all the photos I needed. Lots of people there at sunset but not an overwhelming number during these Covid times and at this time of year. Plenty of room to spread out. My best photos were about 30 min before sunset creating a cool orange glow on the arch so don't wait until the last minute to get up there. I left 5 min before sunset as the Arch was already shaded and the views on the hike down were spectacular as well. No problem hiking down at twilight which lasted for 30-40 min after leaving.
Written 13 September 2020
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35marin1150
San Rafael, CA38 contributions
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Nov 2020
You may find yourself staring for an hour trying to figure out how this arch was formed, especially perched on the rim of a natural bowl. . . .amazing. There is a moderate 3 mile out-and-back hike, at elevation, mostly exposed to the elements - very warm wind when we went (Nov '20). Understandably the 'star' of this amazing National Park.
Written 24 November 2020
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Vidalu
Cedar Rapids, IA192 contributions
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Apr 2021 • Family
Hiked with 5 year old. For that age it is tough . It is around 1.5 miles one way . Almost all of it is at an upward incline . No strollers etc will go as quite a bit of the way is not on a trail but rock .
Lots of water . Morning when the kids are still fresh or post nap later in the day . Back down is easy of course . We went in April . Morning was still chilly so we went later in the day after my son took a nap post morning hike . The last part of the hike had lots of breaks . There were other 8-12 year olds who needed encouragement . But that age will definitely make it .
I might hesitate to take a child who will require any amount of carrying. Maybe younger than 5.
Views are great of course .
Written 15 April 2021
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