Delicate Arch Trail

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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 moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

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.

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2 days ago

Really is spectacular!!!! I had read lots of things about people who are scared of higher shouldn't go on this hike. I am terrified of Heights, but this wasn't even bad at all. Just go you won't regret it in the slightest. But go early, cause it gets hot!!!!!

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2 days ago

Just like Disneyland. Lots of people but well worth the hike. Full exposure so go early.

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2 days ago

Amazing. Spectacular. Hike up the mountain to see the most iconic arch. The hike is hot on the open rock, but so worth it.

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6 days ago

You have to see it, but since everyone has this same opinion, it'll be crowded.

7 days ago

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7 days ago

Did it at sunset and walked down on the dark. It was straight up fantastic.

9 days ago

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9 days ago

Amazing

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11 days ago

Gotta be five stars. Not great for people with fear of heights though. Steep hike. All uphill on the way there. View of delicate arch are amazing. Go early though it gets hot and crowded.

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11 days ago

This hike was a bit tough going up as it's an ongoing slope upward til you get off the slick rock and into the dirt and trees, but that's the hardest part. The view of Delicate arch is WORTH IT!

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12 days ago