Delicate Arch Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
A short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable arch. Your trip to Arches National Park is not complete without first taking a trip to visit Delicate Arch. You will likely recognize Delicate Arch from the Utah license plate. The hike to Delicate Arch is just over 1.5 miles each way, totaling 3.2 miles all together. It is best hiked in spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler, or during the golden hours just after sunrise or and before sunset when the rocks seem to turn a magical color and the air temperature is bearable again. Take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person! There is no shade. Open slickrock with some exposure to heights. The first half-mile is a wide, well-defined trail. Upon reaching the slickrock, follow the rock cairns. The trail climbs gradually and levels out toward the top of this rock face. Just before you get to Delicate Arch, the trail goes along a rock ledge for about 200 yards.
Super crowded, more than moderate.
Nice hike, great views, awesome features everywhere.
Hiked it in the day in May and it was very crowded,
Hiked it at midnight in October and it was peaceful
Incredible, fantastic, breathtaking. This area is simple unmatched and this hike in particular is just otherworldly. We did this when it was storming in the evening but it was still absolutely amazing. I want to do it again.
Worth the effort. May want to wear a bandanna when windy-dusts and gusts.
Tough in the heat of summer! Otherwise an easy 3 miles with no sun. We went at sunset & it was gorgeous. The hoards of people take away from it for me though.
Easy trail. It does climb and has a few points where the trail is quite narrow. The view of the Delicate Arch is the payoff. Arrive early and watch the sunrise through the arch and avoid the biggest crowds. There is a lot of discrepancies regarding trail length. Some say the trail is 3 miles while others say 4 miles round trip. Which ever it is, it's a great walk in the park.
Fabulous hike. My kids loved the rock "mountain" the trail takes you over and loved climbing up to Twisted Doughnut. There are a few spots that those with a fear of heights won't like at all, but it is worth the hike.
We went this week and it was only 62 down there, which was a perfect temp. I could see this being a very hot hike in the summer though as there is very little shade.
Worth the hike, bring plenty of water!
This is really an easy-moderate trail, packed with people, but worth it for the view at the end !
Really beautiful trail it's pretty easy and packed with tourists taking selfies.
Hiked out for sunset, truly breathtaking. Make sure to bring a light and plenty of water. Ran in to a few people on the trail that weren't prepared and were struggling.
Excellent trail with good views to an amazing arch and landscape. Good rewards at the end of the trail.
Running shoes are probably not the best choice for this hike. The huge rocks that you have to walk up on can get slippery because they're so smooth. Granted, it's doable with running shoes but it's better to have something with more grip. The hike gets pretty hot when the sun is fully out so bring water. Plan time to take breaks in the shaded areas. Once you reach the top, it's like a breath of fresh air. The view is gorgeous! There's a reason the Delicate Arch is on one of Utah's license plates!
Hard is an overstatement. This hike is certainly worth it. It is a little tough to get there, but once you turn the corner and see the arch for the first time, it is incredible. I have hiked the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and I still say that Delicate Arch is the most breathtaking view I have ever seen.
LOVE Utah and Moab!!
great hike for beginners and experienced alike!
Worth every step
We did this hike as a family and had 4 kids under the age of 10 with us (not all ours!) and they all enjoyed the hike too! So did the adults! Hiking over the slick rock is fun, views are beautiful, and being able to get right up to this iconic arch is a terrific experience. Highly recommend. We did it in the fall so it wasn't so hot.