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If you go to Arches and you aren’t just a tourist then GO DO THIS TRAIL!!!! We got to the visitors center right at 7:30am when it opened so we were the first people out on the trail and it was amazing. Maybe one of my favorite trails I’ve ever hiked. We got lost for almost an hour but just laughed to whole time because the scenery was too gorgeous to be upset. Please do yourself a favor and hike this trail!!!

spectacular!

A great Hike. Like others say, start early.....we started at 8am but 7am would have been even better as if you plan to do Primative loop as we did then the last 45 minutes back to the Landscape Arch (assuming a clockwise loop) could be a little punishing if not adequately prepared on a hot day.
The Arches are all fantastic in their own way and quite unique. We enjoyed a treat of mother and young deer feeding at Landscape Arch which was great. If you choose to take the Primative loop and assuming it is dry then there is nothing too difficult although if in doubt spot the cairns (rock piles) which indicate the way. Also around Double O arch of you wish to find the Primative loop (again clockwise) then pass through the arch and pass around the fin to find the trail. That was the most difficult part of the trail to stay on. We took just over 4 hours with 2 children (15and12. Very rewarding hike. Primative Loop only has one arch (Private Arch) which is beautiful but for the less confident then just turn back after Double O arch would be my suggestion.

My son and I did this trail in 3 days. 1 in, 1 enjoying and 1 out. The switchbacks coming up the granite face were a little taxing, but so well worth it. This trail is amazing. Be prepared for bears!

Great views but bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking into the afternoon. Start early if you want to avoid the heat.

Great hike! Ran into a rattlesnake and saw coyote and a couple deer. Amazing views, several water stops. Great for a quick dip!

easy hike, go in morning to avoid the heat and bring 2 liters water

We did this hike with Ranger Vicky (she is really brilliant) and the hike was amazing.

Crowded but epic

This is a great trail. I highly recommend doing it. We hit the trail by 7:45 and completed it in just under five hours and we took our time. The trail is well marked but you have to pay attention for the cairns. I think the route is better if you go clockwise.

Sooooo many people....

Best arch in the national park! And the hike wasn’t as hard as some may say. Just make sure you start early enough to beat the heat and avoid crowds. We started at 7 am and that was the perfect time. I wouldn’t recommend starting this hike midday; it should honestly be closed around 11 am - 4 pm because that heat can be dangerous!

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6 days ago

Fun trail with three distinct sections. Just be careful, sign at trailhead lists it as “1.5....one way.” Quickly read it and assumed it was mileage for out and back (like normal...). Was in for a slightly longer trip than planned. Lots of groups complaining about water very early on and resting in any shade they could find. Also lots of little kids with no water and barely any clothing/protection. Plan appropriately, it’s lots of sun and decent climbing for families.

A nice way to see some of the best formations at Arches. We went clockwise and caught the arches before returning via the Primitive Trail. Be sure to take the time to visit Navajo, Partition, and the others adjacent to the loop itself. The main trail was filling up even at ~8 AM when we started, but we were almost all alone on the Primitive Trail (mostly sand with some rock climbing, nothing too demanding but not recommended for folks with bad knees/ankles). There’s a lot of parking, bathrooms, and a water refill station at the trailhead, but plan to spend 30 minutes getting there from the visitors center – it’s at the very end of the main road.

Trail was alright, heavily trafficked so we decided to only go to the landscape arch.

I hiked this trail starting around 10am before it got too hot. It was pretty steep and I had to stop and catch my breath a few times. There were a lot of people in the same boat. The view from the arch was well worth the hike.

Lots of reward for one trail. Looking back I don’t know if I would have done the primitive portion unless you want the extra miles or just to say you did the whole loops. Still beautiful but nothin g you aren’t already exposed to on the earlier parts of the trail. Go early, got to the lot at 7:30 and while there was still parking had to sit around and wait for lots of inconsiderate groups standing around right in front of the arches. Took me 4 hours, being lots of water.

Very worthwhile walk to see delicate arch. It was super hot so wear a broad rimmed hat and bring plenty water. There are some shady areas under trees and rocks on the way up but it's 95% exposed. Terrain is varied and includes walking up a rock.... not a problem if it's dry. Great views at top. We took some time to enjoy view before returning down. We stopped by to see the petroglyphs.

Amazing

Extremely beautiful and remarkable. Many archea and other interesting rocks. The landforms here are very unordinary.

hiking
10 days ago

Very beautiful. I saw stars here at night, but it's really hard to find the way in the dark.

A must see in arches and Moab. Take plenty of water. Very hot and busy with people all day long. The hustle and bustle of all the people almost makes it more exciting in this case though. Not as negative as when I see lots of people on other trails I do.

hiking
11 days ago

Totally worth it! Bring 2 liter of water with you in the hot summer.

on Delicate Arch Trail

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12 days ago

Nice trail!

Delicate Arch was amazing to view and it was definitely worth the hike! Bring a lot of water and make sure you look at the other scenery on the way up and down. It’s breathtaking.

hiking
14 days ago

Definitely go as early as you can, the crowds are insane. Arrived at the park at 8am, left about 10:30. It’s a beautiful uphill climb to the arch, with little shade. At 8am in early August the heat wasn’t bad, but definitely bring water. There’s a line of people waiting to pose in the arch, so it’s near impossible to get a snap of it without some strangers, but still worth seeing.

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15 days ago

Bring lots of water! I did it in the middle of the day in 100+ heat but it was definitely worth it. It’s either up or down.. you barely get flat land while on this trail. I did it in my Chacos and they were the perfect shoe for this hike. The scenery up the entire trail is beautiful. But there is little to no shade so don’t forget water!!’n

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17 days ago

This short hike is more than worth it for the amazing view of the arch! The other views from the lower parking lot don’t even come close. There is a bit of climb that might be challenging if you aren’t physically fit and it can be very hot in the summer, but bring water and take your time. Totally worth view at the end!

Excellent hike! Trails were pretty well marked. We started at 8:00 and had good cloud cover for the first 3/4 of the trip. The last 1/4 was full sun and 87 degrees. Overall we had a great experience!

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