Delicate Arch Trail

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Delicate Arch Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

Delicate Arch Trail is a short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable natural arch. You will likely recognize the famous arch from the Utah license plates. The hike starts at the Delicate Arch Trailhead off at the Wolf Ranch turn-off in the Moab area of southern Utah . There is a large parking area right off of the main park road. From the parking area you will cross the bridge over salt wash. The hike to Delicate Arch is just over 1.5 miles each way, approximately a 3 mile hike round-trip. 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. A visit to this beautiful arch is a must do in Arches National Park. Parking is limited and can fill up quickly during peak tourism months so make sure to arrive at the trailhead early.

hiking
1 day ago

stunning to do at sunset and then wait for the stars.

hiking
1 day ago

one of the most beautiful hikes in the park with views in any direction. one narrow walk up a rock path and boom there you are looking at the Delicate Arch.

hiking
2 days ago

One of those Classics that everyone just HAS to do.

I would call it an easy hike. Get there early-ish if you want a photo of the arch by itself and w/o people.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked on April 2018. Amazing! What an arc!

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail. Pretty well marked. Got there around 7:30am and had no issues finding a spot in the parking lot. There were a fair amount of people coming down from the sunrise hike, but actually not too many people starting the hike at that time.

Also went back and did this hike at night and it was completely empty. The view of the stars was amazing. Just make sure to bring a head lamp and download the map before you go just in case you lose the cairns in the dark.

hiking
4 days ago

It can get pretty hot because there is very little shade. But it's a pretty quick hike, with a spot at the end to hangout and take lots of pictures of the delicate arch.

5 days ago

Easy short hike. Great views are worth it. We went early (8am) on a Saturday and was still very crowded. Best picture opportunities are in late afternoon

7 days ago

Easy. Gorgeous. Totally worth it.

7 days ago

Make sure you pay attention to your direction, easy to get turned around going in if there aren't crowds to follow.

rock climbing
8 days ago

Breathtaking! Felt like I was on another planet! It was a bit challenging. Getting there was the hardest part as it was misty uphill. Bring lots of water and wear good hiking shoes! Also, if you’re going during their hotter months I’d suggest getting an early start and it can get extremely hot out there!

hiking
8 days ago

One of the best "bang for your buck" hikes I've done due the to fact it's not very long or hard and the arch and scenery along the way is amazing!

hiking
9 days ago

Well worth the trip up. This trial has little shade, there is some. Beautiful arch and scene.

9 days ago

Worth every painful step!

10 days ago

always a favorite! took my man here for his first time and he loved every minute! best mothers day of my life.

hiking
11 days ago

We went over National Park Week -- what a view! We towed our toddler in a toddler backpack the whole way and we're glad we did! There's a pretty steep trail right before you get to Delicate Arch, that would worry me to have my toddler running loose there. Lots of rocks, be sure to have plenty of water and snacks on you and be sure to apply lots of sunscreen as there's not really any shaded areas. Go as early as you can as the trail will be congested (not to mention the parking lot) by 11am for sure. We made it a point to get there first and we were on the trail at 9:30 and already fighting for a parking spot.

11 days ago

Beautiful and well worth the effort but fully exposed to the sun. We got up early and were hiking by 7:15 am and it was nice and cool. The trail along the rock wall was easy and should not be a concern to anyone, it is very nicely cut sloped into the wall giving a greater sense of security, those going up and down can easily pass each other. The hike up took 45 min at an easy pace.

11 days ago

The view of the arch was great !!

hiking
11 days ago

This is a nice, easy trail to start the day with. The slab gets the heart rate going but it's not a steep incline. The main advice I would give is to be aware that there are two routes you can take when you're within viewing distance of delicate arch. There is a section where you can traverse 200 feet of wall to get to the arch faster, which can be quite scary if you're afraid of heights . Or there is a way around the back which is a big paved ledge.

hiking
12 days ago

Definitely was fun, wouldn’t recommend going on high wind days. I went on a high wind day and the wind almost knocked me off the side of the cliff, which was about a 50 foot drop.

13 days ago

If there is one hike to do in Arches it’s this one! I would definitely recommend hiking boots or shoes with good grip for the inclines. There’s one section which can be a little scary if you’re not a fan of heights but it’s really short and wide enough that you can get away with hugging the wall.

hiking
13 days ago

All its made out to be. Looking forward to sunset hike soon.

13 days ago

Great trail. Stunning views and not very difficult. Would recommend to anyone!

hiking
14 days ago

The trailhead is very accessible. Parking and restrooms are nearby and the trail is well marked. Hiking up the trail, you will come to a longer section of slightly graded rock hiking where you will be in direct sunlight. Ensure you bring a fair amount of water, sunscreen and/or hat since there is rarely any canopy.

Once off the rock hike, the trail becomes much more beautiful. The last stretch, to me, was the most beautiful. Walking along a cliff face the trail narrows and then... the magnificent Delicate Arch! It’s much more dramatic than all the other arches in Arches National Park, since it stands alone and is amazing. Don’t forget to look around and behind the arch. There are gorgeous gorges, beautiful bowls and fragrant desert flowers.

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hiking
16 days ago

We did this trail when it was cloudy so we didn't get too hot, but there isn't shade throughout the hike. The delicate arch is a sight to see and I would definitely recommend it. As someone that lives in Utah I loved finally seeing delicate arch!

hiking
17 days ago

We hiked with two little ones in backpacks. The climb was a bit intense but if you take your time, it’s really not difficult. Lots of people have trekking poles and they do come in handy if you’re carrying precious cargo on your back. Very unique hike with a beautiful close up view of the arch. We did not risk walking underneath although many did and it looked awesome.

18 days ago

A must see if you are traveling anywhere near arches national park. Well worth it!

walking
19 days ago

Early May hike to Delicate Arch was I expected for a popular scenic hike in a NP. Great views, moderate trail, easy to follow trail. Moderately busy. Great for families.

hiking
19 days ago

Great view

hiking
21 days ago

26 days ago

Amazing hike for the fascinating view!!!!!

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