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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Went early to avoid the crowds. Moderate hike. Take the sidetrail to view some very cool petroglyphs on your way back to the parking lot.

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6 days ago

Always a fun trip!! There's a beautiful spot to look out over the rock valley to the left of the arch. Better to go here in spring or autumn!!

7 days ago

Very nice. Crowded. And we got there right when the park opened.

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8 days ago

Very crowded but totally worth it.

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Go early to skip the crowds

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14 days ago

Amazing and large Arch. Spectacular view. Very worth the hike.

14 days ago

So much work! And so with it! We were up there for the sunset... way too many photographers. They didn't like it when people got close to the arch. Beautiful area