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.
Hiked Oct. 23 at sunrise, birthday trip to Moab. Fairly easy trail, we did this one and Devil's Garden to make a half day at Arches. Expect to see a lot of people on this trail, even at sunrise on a frosty late October morning there were probably 25 people at the arch. Naturally everyone wants their picture here so just let others have their turn, maybe offer to take their photo if they return the favor, that sort of thing. The hike takes you through some very interesting rock features that look so sculpted and bizarre you'd guess they're man made. Delicate Arch especially, the odd location and well defined shape are a wonder of geological forces. We brought our french press and backpacking stove to make coffee while we enjoyed the sunrise, ended up making more coffee for a few fellow hikers that weren't too bashful to ask for some. Had a great time making conversation and really enjoying one of life's little random moments.
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:-)
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.
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.
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