Delicate Arch Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah 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.
love this trail. Went off trail halfway and got nice view on back of arch
You owe it to yourself to go and see this place! What a cool hike! We started it early evening so when we got to the arch the sun was setting beautifully and not too hot. We made our way back with just the light of a full moon and it was spectacular. Do this hike!!!
awesome hike with a great view
Pretty crowded but an amazing sight at the top!
Hiked this on Feb 29th,2017. 32 degrees out and perfect blue skies. Actually got just warm enough to take the jacket off, but the wind chill kept my ear muffs on. This is definitely not a difficult hike during the winter months. It's uphill the entire way, so there's that, but I have horrible knees and haven't hiked in 5 years...and I did it without a problem.
Don't let the cold temps fool you- remember your water! The wind alone will wisk you dry. And keep an eye on the steps right before you reach the arch... they were covered in ice that you couldn't see because of the sand...still slick.
Btw- If you really look hard, you can see the arch from the parking lot!
Beautiful trail. The ice near the end made it slightly harder.