Delicate Arch Trail

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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.

3.0 miles 621 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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.

3 days ago

Beautiful!!

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. About 2 hours rounds trip with time for photos. Would rate this moderate to easy. Only one real uphill area. The rest was flat. Saw lots of little kids chaperoned by parents. The Arch is worth the hike. People were very conscientious, lining up to get a picture beneath the Arch. The last part is a little scary if you don't like heights. They have carved a ramp 10-5ft width in the rock. One side is open, so hold hands on the way up:-)

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing view breathe taking, literally and figuratively. It was a tough climb up but doable if you take breaks and go at your own pace.

hiking
16 days ago

Did this trail several years ago with friends. It makes for a great memory and photo ops! Beautiful hike from beginning to end. Very crowded though, go early.

hiking
16 days ago

I completed this hike carrying my 35 lb two year old. I took 4 liters of water and we finished every drop. The last 100-200 feet of the hike traverses along a drop off, so keep your young ones in their backpack or by your side. I was anxious when we arrived at Delicate Arch because it's foundation is not a flat surface. It would have be easy for my 2 year old to slip. If you don't have young children, this hike will bring you no worries

29 days ago

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The weather was great this weekend. However, the entire hike is exposed. Wear sunscreen and layers; the wind picks up toward the arch.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Worth the effort. May want to wear a bandanna when windy-dusts and gusts.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

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.

walking
2 months ago

Worth the hike, bring plenty of water!

2 months ago

This is really an easy-moderate trail, packed with people, but worth it for the view at the end !

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful trail it's pretty easy and packed with tourists taking selfies.